Match ends, Olympiakos 2, FC Bayern München 3.
Every club wants a 20-goals-a-season striker but not many get one who has that many before it is even Halloween.
Bayern Munich have.
Robert Lewandowski scored twice as the Bundesliga giants beat Olympiakos 3-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday, taking the Poland international's tally for club and country in 2019-20 to an incredible 21 goals in just 17 games.
The 31-year-old's scintillating form has prompted many on social media to ask the question: is he the best number nine in the world right now?
Lewandowski >>>>> Messi and Ronaldo?
It is hard to argue with the statistics, certainly in 2019 anyway.
This year, no other player has scored more goals for their club than Lewandowski. Not Cristiano Ronaldo. Not Lionel Messi.
|Goals in top five leagues in 2019|
This season he has been phenomenal, particularly at club level.
He has scored 18 goals in his 13 appearances in all competitions, at least six more than any other player in the big-five European leagues and has scored in each of Bayern's last 12 games.
In fact he has only failed to score in one game for Bayern this term - the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup back on 3 August.
Lewandowski has also hit two hat-tricks this season - one for Bayern and one for Poland.
|Goals in top five leagues in 2019-20 season|
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In good company
Lewandowski's two goals in the Champions League on Tuesday moved him above Ruud van Nistelrooy in Champions League top scorer charts.
But he still has some way to go to match Messi and Ronaldo's exploits in the competition.
|Champions League top scorers|
Lewandowski's stunning stats down to a volcano?
At 31, Lewandowski is probably unlikely to catch either Messi or Ronaldo but his goalscoring statistics, particularly at an age when some players are past their best, are hugely impressive.
But Lewandowski's career could have taken a very different trajectory if not for a volcano preventing him from joining Blackburn from Polish side Lech Poznanback in April 2010.
The eruption of an Icelandic volcano nine years ago and the ash cloud that it created resulted in his flight to England's north-west being cancelled.
"I couldn't go because of the cloud. It was the volcano. The volcano with the ash cloud," Lewandowski, who eventually signed for Borussia Dortmund in June 2010, told the Times.
"It was one week and nobody could fly in Europe. The flight was booked, but we couldn't leave. It changed my life. If I had gone to Blackburn maybe I would have stayed there."
What might have been...
What do you think?
- 1Malheiro de Sá
- 3Borges SemedoBooked at 73mins
- 8dos Santos Torres
- 10Castelo Podence
- 5BouchalakisSubstituted forLoveraat 69'minutes
- 4CamaraSubstituted forRandjelovicat 88'minutes
- 19MasourasSubstituted forGuerreroat 78'minutes
- 11El-ArabiBooked at 89mins
- 76Boialvo Gaspar
- 1NeuerBooked at 72mins
- 21HernándezSubstituted forBoatengat 59'minutes
- 6Thiago AlcántaraBooked at 50mins
- 8Martínez AguinagaSubstituted forTolissoat 45'minutes
- 25MüllerSubstituted forPerisicat 86'minutes
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- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Olympiakos 2, FC Bayern München 3.
Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by Serge Gnabry.
Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Guerrero.
Attempt blocked. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich.
Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Corentin Tolisso.
Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by Jérôme Boateng.
Attempt blocked. Maximiliano Lovera (Olympiakos) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Tsimikas.
Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Serge Gnabry.
Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by David Alaba.
Youssef El-Arabi (Olympiakos) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Corentin Tolisso (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Olympiakos).
Substitution, Olympiakos. Lazar Randjelovic replaces Mohamed Camara.
Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Olympiakos).
Attempt saved. Daniel Podence (Olympiakos) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Guerrero.
Foul by Philippe Coutinho (FC Bayern München).
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, FC Bayern München. Ivan Perisic replaces Thomas Müller.