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Lewandowski makes UCL history in Bayern rout, Liverpool squeeze through

ROBERT Lewandowski scored the fastest hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history on Tuesday night to power Bayern Munich into the quarter-finals of the competition.

The German champions spanked Red Bull Salzburg 7-1 in Munich to advance 8-2 on aggregate, three weeks after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Austria.

Lewandowski completed his hat-trick within the first 23 minutes of the clash, scoring in the fifth, 21st and 23rd minutes, which makes it the earliest treble ever scored by a player in UEFA Champions League history from the start of a match, overtaking Marco Simone for Milan versus Rosenborg in 1996 (24 minutes).

Thomas Muller added a brace, with Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry completing the scoring on a nightmarish night for the young Austrian visitors.

The 7-1 victory was the seventh time Bayern Munich have scored seven or more goals in a UEFA Champions League game, more than double that of any other team has managed in the competition, according to Opta statistics.

In the other Champions League round of 16 tie of Tuesday night, Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals despite a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Inter Milan at Anfield.

Lautaro Martinez scored for the plucky Italian champions in the 61st minute but any hope of staging a grand comeback was dashed two minutes later. Inter Milan were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez was sent off for a second booking.

Liverpool progressed to the quarter-finals 2-1 on aggregate having won the first leg 2-0 in Milan, but the English side suffered their first home defeat since March 2021 in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have now reached the Champions League quarter-final stage for the fourth time in the last five seasons, failing only in 2019-20 when they were eliminated in the round of 16.

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