Robert Lewandowski turned in a performance for the ages on Wednesday night, scoring all four of his team's goals as Borussia Dortmund ripped Real Madrid 4-1 in their UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg at Signal Iduna Park.
Lewandowski opened the scoring in the eighth minute, stretching to reach Mario Gotze's deep cross from the left. He added two more in quick succession early in the second half before capping off an unforgettable night with an authoritative penalty taken straight down the middle.
It was a brilliant performance by the 24-year-old Polish striker, who joined Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010. Along the way, he accomplished a number of impressive feats.
Lewandowski, who has scored 10 goals in 11 Champions League appearances this season, is the first player to score a hat-trick against Real Madrid in a European match (and thus the first to score four against them, too).
He was the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semifinal (and first to score four in any European semifinal or final since Ferenc Puskas). And for all that hard work, he earned a perfect rating from one notoriously hard-to-impress source.
L'Equipe's 10 rating for Lewy their first since May 2012 when Messi hit 5 past Leverkusen. So few before then, as @tomwfootball will confirm— Ben Lyttleton (@benlyt) April 25, 2013
Whether you missed it or saw it live and want to watch it over and over again, you're in luck. We've got Lewandowski's entire performance in video form above. Enjoy.
If that's not enough Lewandowski, turn your attention to this 3D video, in which you'll get an in-depth look at his first three goals (you don't need analysis of a penalty, do you?).
And if that's still not enough Lewandowski, there's this. The Polish striker is now being linked with a move to Bayern Munich, where Gotze, his current teammate, is heading next season (via The Independent).
Lewandowski was already a well-known footballer before Wednesday night. Now he's become a household name around the world.
(Video h/t: 101 Great Goals)
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