Three games into the season and watching Bayern Munich has been anything other than boring. After hitting eight past Schalke on opening weekend, the defending champions were sensationally beaten 4-1 by Hoffenheim last week, with the effects of extra time in the Super Cup win over Seville a few days earlier having an effect.
Yesterday’s 4-3 victory over Hertha Berlin continued the streak of wild games in which FCB have taken part so far this season. What was looking like a routine win in an empty Allianz Arena once the home team went 2-0 up proved to be anything but. Two excellent Hertha goals brought them back level and an upset seemed possible. However Robert Lewandowski, fresh from being crowned the best footballer in Europe, wasn’t finished. Having scored the first two Bayern goals, he appeared at the back post to register his hat trick with five minutes to play. There was yet another twist though as Hertha equalised again in the 88th minute and looked likely to condemn FCB to back to back winless games.
More drama was to follow though as Hertha conceded an injury time penalty which was calmly converted by...who else...Lewandowski, who right now is as close to unplayable as anyone in the sport. Bayern saw out the remaining time and moved to within a point of the three remaining undefeated teams: Leipzig, Augsburg and Frankfurt.