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Who are Robert Lewandowski's favourite opponents?

Robert Lewandowski was last season's UEFA Champions League top scorer; which sides bring out the best in him?

Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring against Salzburg in 2020
Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring against Salzburg in 2020 FC Bayern via Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski has sparkled for Lech Poznań, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München in Europe, and hit 15 goals to finish as UEFA Champions League top scorer for the first time in 2019/20.

• Lewandowski (71 goals) started 2021 joint-third in the all-time UEFA Champions League scoring charts; he has scored 78 goals in all UEFA club competitions.

• Sevilla have been Lewandowski's most obdurate adversaries: in five attempts – two with Dortmund, three with Bayern (including the 2020 UEFA Super Cup) – he is yet to find the net: 324 minutes and counting.

• Lewandowski has reached his goalscoring peak with Bayern; he scored six in 16 UEFA games for Lech (0.375 goals per game), 18 in 36 for Dortmund (0.5 per game) and so far has hit 54 in 67 for Bayern (0.81 per game).

Watch Lewandowski's four goals for Dortmund against Real Madrid
Watch Lewandowski's four goals for Dortmund against Real Madrid

• His first UEFA Champions League hat-trick was one of the greats, Lewandowski becoming the first player to score four in a semi-final as Dortmund beat Madrid 4-1 in April 2013. He has hit six goals against the Merengues in total – more than he has mustered against any other continental opponent.

• Crvena zvezda have more reason to fear Lewandowski than any other side; he struck five goals in two games against them in 2019 (one goal in Munich, then four in Belgrade, including a 12-minute hat-trick). On average, that is a goal every 33 minutes and 24 seconds.

Who has Lewandowski scored against in UEFA competition?

OpponentsGamesMinutesGoalsMinutes per goal
AEK Athens2174358m
Ajax4360572m
Anderlecht2180290m
Arsenal86974174m15s
Atlético54332216m30s
Austria Wien22101210m
Barcelona32702135m
Bayern190--
Benfica4276392m
Beşiktaş2158279m
Celtic190--
Chelsea2180360m
Club Brugge2205--
Crvena zvezda2167533m24s
CSKA Moskva3224--
Deportivo110--
Dinamo Zagreb2180536m
Feyenoord190--
Fredrikstad2161280m30s
Grasshopper-Club2112256m
Juventus22101210m
Karpaty Lviv21161116m
Liverpool2180--
Lokomotiv Moskva190--
Lyon190190m
Málaga21801180m
Man. City42771277m
Marseille43423114m
Nancy112--
Napoli2179--
Olympiacos6475595m
Paris53171317m
Porto2180290m
PSV Eindhoven2180360m
Qarabağ249--
Real Madrid88056134m10s
Roma21581158m
Rostov21801180m
Salzburg2180360m
Sevilla5324--
Shakhtar42852142m30s
Tottenham190245m
Udinese2180--
Xäzär Länkäran266166m
Zenit2180290m
TOTAL119957278122m43s

• Lewandowski has terrorised German defences on a regular basis on the domestic front, but failed to register in his only European encounter with Bundesliga opposition: the 2013 UEFA Champions League final, in which Bayern beat his Dortmund team 2-1.

• Of the representatives of the other 'big five' leagues, Serie A sides have proved best equipped to thwart Lewandowski; he has struck a goal every 363 minutes against Italian opponents, Napoli and Udinese both managing to keep him off the scoresheet.

Which nations' clubs has Lewandowski scored against?

Opponents by nationalityGamesMinutesGoalsMinutes per goal
Austria4390497m30s
Azerbaijan41151115m
Belgium43852192m30s
Croatia2180536m
England17142410142m24s
France117615152m12s
Germany190--
Greece8649881m8s
Italy87272363m30s
Netherlands7630878m45s
Norway2161280m30s
Portugal6456591m12s
Russia86743224m40s
Scotland190--
Serbia2167533m24s
Spain24202211183m49s
Switzerland2112256m
Turkey2158279m
Ukraine64013133m40s
TOTAL119957278122m43s


When Lewandowski has scored his UEFA Champions League goals

• Opposition defences should be most beware Lewandowski between the restart and the 75th minute, when he has scored 31 European goals, more than any other time period that period was also when he hit his famous nine-minute Bundesliga quintet against Wolfsburg, and his four against Crvena zvezda last season.

• Curiously, Lewandowski is not particularly prolific early or late in a game in continental fixtures at least, he appears to come to life from the 20-minute mark to around 80 minutes.

TimeGoals (penalties)
0-106 (1)
11-205 (1)
21-308 (2)
31-407 (2)
41 to half-time5
First half31
46-5510 (3)
56-6511
66-7510 (1)
76-858 (1)
85 to full time7 (1)
Second half46
Extra time1
TOTAL78

Last updated: 05/01/21