The Poland sharpshooter needed less than half an hour to net three times against the hapless Austrians

Robert Lewandowski wasted no time in putting RB Salzburg to the sword on Tuesday, as he netted three times for Bayern Munich to set a new Champions League record.

The 2019-20 champions went into the second leg with the tie poised at 1-1.

But thanks to Lewandowski, any fears of an upset were dispelled in rapid fashion.

The Poland star needed just 12 minutes to get his name on the scoresheet, converting a penalty to put his side up 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

And nine minutes later he was on target again from the spot, before completing his hat-trick within a mere 120 seconds of returning to the centre-circle.

In total Lewandowski needed just 23 minutes from kick-off to reach three, making Champions League history.

23 – Robert Lewandowski has completed a hat-trick within 23 minutes against FC RB Salzburg tonight; the earliest treble ever scored by a player in UEFA Champions League history from the start of a match, overtaking Marco Simone for Milan v Rosenborg in 1996 (24 mins). Snappy. pic.twitter.com/aVNNmGdgVV

He is now the fastest hat-trick scorer ever in the competition, beating Marco Simones previous mark.

Serge Gnabry then hit the net to complete a torrid spell for Salzburg and put Bayerns presence in the quarters beyond doubt even before the half-time whistle had sounded.

Tuesdays haul additionally restored Lewandowskis position as the Champions Leagues top scorer in 2021-22.

He now has 12 goals in this years competition, one ahead of Sebastien Haller, who has enjoyed a stunning campaign so far for Ajax.

In total the Pole boasts 42 goals in 35 games in all competitions for Bayern, an incredible strike-rate and one which leaves him well-placed to surpass the 48 he managed for the Bavarians last term.

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