Robert Lewandowski scored a second-half hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with a 6-1 demolition of VfB Stuttgart on Friday.
The Pole, who is now the league’s top scorer with nine, netted three times in 18 minutes to help lift Dortmund to 28 points, two ahead of Bayern Munich.
Stuttgart took an unexpected early lead when Karim Haggui headed in a corner, but Dortmund reacted almost instantly, scoring twice in three minutes.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos leveled with a well-taken header in the 19th minute before Marco Reus scored after a solo run.
Dortmund picked up where they left off nine minutes after the break with Reus turning provider with a flick for Lewandowski to slot home. The Polish striker added another two minutes later when he chased a through ball to beat ’keeper Sven Ulreich.
He completed his hat-trick in the 72nd minute after Jakub Blaszczykowski’s shot was palmed on to the bar by Ulreich only for Lewandowski to tap in the rebound.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lobbed Ulreich in the 81st minute to complete the rout.