Benfica, who had only won once in 13 matches against German opposition, stunned the Allianz Arena by pulling a goal back. A fine header from the Brazilian defender Morato saw Bayern concede for the first time in the UCL this season. Lewandowski’s night was then slightly tainted when his penalty was saved on the stroke of HT, following a handball by Lucas Veríssimo.
Bayern continued to push forward after the break and a delightful strike by Leroy Sané restored the home side’s two-goal advantage – it was the former Manchester City winger’s fourth UCL goal of the season. ‘Der FCB’ were not finished with the scoring and grabbed another when Lewandowski chipped the ball over Odysseas Vlachodimos for their fourth. Benfica then pulled a goal back when Darwin Nuñez was slipped through and placed the ball between Neuer’s legs, but it was nothing more than a consolation.
Lewandowski grabbed his third by lofting the ball into the net for his 28th hat-trick for club and country, further asserting Bayern’s dominance as they qualified for the next stage with two games to spare. Meanwhile, Benfica travel to Barcelona in a battle for the runners-up spot in Group E on matchday five.