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On This Day Robert Lewandowski Scored Four Against Real Madrid

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On This Day Robert Lewandowski Scored Four Against Real Madrid

On April 24th 2013, Robert Lewandowski made Champions League history, by becoming the first player to ever score a hat-trick past Real Madrid in the competition.

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Real have an incredible history in the Champions League, the La Liga club are 13 times European champions, have won it seven times in the modern guise and won it three times in-a-row from 2016-2018.

However eight years ago Lewandowski destroyed some of their history in the competition as he broke their streak of never conceding a hat-trick.

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The then Borussia Dortmund forward didn't stop at three though, the Polish strike grabbed four goals, netting three in 17 minutes at one point, as Dortmund won 4-1!

His performance on the night was an absolute masterclass!

"That was like Robin Hood taking from the rich," grinned Jurgen Klopp afterwards, as the Bundesliga side all but ended the semi-final in the first leg.

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Real boss Jose Mourinho could only admit defeat, saying, "It is obvious that the best team won."

When you've run Jose out of excuses, you've basically completed football!

Lewandowski celebrates making it 2-1. Image: PA Images
Lewandowski celebrates making it 2-1. Image: PA Images

The then 24-year-old opened the scoring after just eight minutes, when he lost marker Pepe, and slotted home at the back post from Mario Gotze's expert cross.

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Dortmund were dominant and should have extended their lead but before half-time things were level and Real had a potentially devastating away goal, as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 50th Champions League goal.

Rather than make Klopp's side retreat, it only spurred them on. A burst of goals from Lewa all but took the tie away from Mourinho's visitors.

The striker made it 2-1 five minutes after half time, getting on the end of Marco Reus' shot to poke home and rounded off the hat-trick when he collected another errant shot and slotted home in brilliant fashion to make history.

He added his fourth from the penalty spot and, despite two late goals in the second leg, Dortmund made it to the final, where they lost to Bayern.

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Having moved to Dortmund's rivals two years later, Lewandowski has shown off his goal scoring prowess time and time again since that night.

His five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in 2015 prove that he has a penchant for scoring goals in bursts!

That night in April 2013 it was 'just' four goals that made history and a complete mockery of Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.

Topics: Football, Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund, Champions League, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, La Liga, Bundesliga

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