Bayern Munich score machine, Robert Lewandowski on Saturday night single-handedly gave his a whooping three points after he scored a hat-trick against Schalke in their Bundesliga fixtures.
After completing four years in 2018-19 with his smallest goal return, plundering 22 league objectives, Poland International has launched the fresh campaign in electric form and Schalke has failed to contain him.
Hopes that Schalke boss David Wagner had of taking points from his first home game in charge were cast into doubt when Lewandowski converted a first-half penalty.
The 31-year-old saved his best for the second half, when he curled a spectacular free-kick into the top corner and then added a third to wrap up a comfortable victory.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac took the opportunity to hand a debut to loanee forward Philippe Coutinho in the last 35 minutes, and after a frustrating start to the season the champions are starting to look more like themselves.
Schalke goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, heavily linked with a move to Bayern during the close season, made a good reaction save to keep a powerful Lewandowski header out after 15 minutes.
When Schalke’s loanee full-back Jonjoe Kenny made a clumsy sliding challenge on Kingsley Coman four minutes later the referee had no option but to award a penalty that Lewandowski calmly stroked into net.
The second half was just four minutes old when Corentin Tolisso won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, prompting Lewandowski to unleash a scintillating strike that swerved away from Nubel and into the top-left corner.
In the last 15 minutes remaining, Coman jumped to the right and crossed the edge of the box where Lewandowski was given time to take a touch before clicking a small shot into the net’s bottom-right corner to add gloss to the outcome.