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Robert Lewandowski scores hat-trick as Bayern Munich win Super Cup

Last Updated August 12 2018, 23:00Football

Robert Lewandowski eased into the new season with a hat-trick as Bayern Munich thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt to claim a third successive victory in the curtain-raising Super Cup.

Niko Kovac was taking charge of his first competitive match as Bayern boss - against the team he left in the summer - and Lewandowski's ruthless streak ensured it was a triumphant start to his tenure at Commerzbank-Arena.

The 29-year-old gave the German champions a 2-0 half-time lead with a pair of headers, then slotted home a third early in the second half before Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara wrapped things up.

Kovac's first starting XI was as expected with James Rodriguez, Corentin Tolisso and Jerome Boateng all resting or injured and grabbed the lead in the 22nd minute.

Joshua Kimmich was the creator, surging down the right and drifting in a glorious cross. Lewandowski still needed to beat David Abraham and Makoto Hasebe to the header but that proved unnervingly easy for the Poland forward.

Eintracht's lesson was not learned and less than five minutes later Bayern, and Lewandowski, had their second.

Arjen Robben's corner found its target, who again snaked between two markers to nod past Frederick Ronnow.

He put his name on the match ball nine minutes after the restart, picking up Thomas Muller's pass and breezing past the ragged Abraham before slotting low into the corner of the net.

Substitute Coman netted a fourth, tapping home David Alaba's cross, and Thiago added the finishing touch late on having been teed-up by Coman.

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