BAYERN Munich striker Robert Lewandowski came to the rescue once again when he scored the first two goals in their 3-0 victory over Mainz 05 on Saturday to stretch their lead at the top to five points with their seventh win in seven league games.
The champions were struggling against their disciplined opponents until the Poland captain rose high to head in for the lead in the 51st minute, thus becoming the fastest foreign player to reach the 100 Bundesliga goal mark by achieving the feat in his 168th match.
Lewandowski, who found the net five times against VfL Wolfsburg in the midweek game, scored again in the 63rd minute. He rounded keeper Loris Karius for his 10th goal in seven matches, a mark only achieved in the past by Gerd Mueller in the 1968/69 season and the 1977/78 season.
Winger Kingsley Coman added another five minutes later as Mainz buckled and Bayern stretched their stellar start to the season.
The Bavarians, who host Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League next week, are top of the table on a maximum 21 points – five more than Borussia Dortmund, who were expected to play Darmstadt 98 yesterday.