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BAY 5-2 BEN: Lewandowski makes UCL history as Bayern Munich cruise to last 16.

The German champions made it four wins from four to qualify for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 after defeating Portuguese club, Benfica on Tuesday night. Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski who was making his 100th appearances in the competition opened the scoring for the Bavarians in the 26th minutes before missing a penalty in first half stoppage time.

By opening the scoring for Bayern Munich, Lewandowski reached a landmark that no player in the history of the competition has ever achieved. Ahead of the Tuesday night encounter, Lewandowski only need to appear on the field to make history, however his hat trick for the night further strengthened his status as one of the best in the business.

Having taken an early lead in the 26th minute courtesy of a fine Lewandowski strike, Bayern doubled their lead in the 32nd minutes through Serge Gnabry. Benfica half the deficit in the 38th minutes but would have fell further behind before halftime if not Lewandowski's penalty miss. Lewandowski scored his second of the game and Bayern's fourth for the night in the 65th minutes to further extend his side's lead, before completing his hat trick in the 84th minutes, ten minutes after Benfica scored their second for the night.

His brace in that encounter means Lewandowski has now scored 80 Champions League goals for both Bayern Munich and Borrusia Dortmund in just 100 games. By recording this number of goals, Lewandowski becomes the first player in history to have scored 81goals in his 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League.

While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi might be the top two highest goalscorer in the history of the competition, Lewandowski has created a history of his own that both players would have been proud of. In their 100 Champions League appearances, Lionel Messi amazed 77goals, while Cristiano Ronaldo only scored 64goals. Ronaldo's former Real Madrid teammate scored 53goals in his 100 appearances in the competition, while Zlatan Ibrahimović complete the first five of players with most goals in their first 100 game in the Champions League.

At 33, it is almost impossible for the Polish striker to equal Ronaldo's record of 138 Champions League goals, however, at his current scoring rate, he could equal and eclipse Ronaldo's record if he can maintain his current form until at least the next five years. 

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