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Bayern win Bundesliga opener

Bayern win Bundesliga opener
Arjen Robben slots home third goal with his left foot in stoppage time.
Berlin, Aug 25 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/25/2018 12:42:04 PM IST

Two second half goals helped titleholders Bayern Munich to move 3-1 past Hoffenheim at the curtain raiser of the Bundesliga season 2018-19.

The “Bavarians” started with a victory into the 56th Bundesliga season as goals from Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben were enough to edge resilient Hoffenheim on Friday. Bayern assumed control immediately after the kick off and came to their chance with 12 minutes played when Jerome Boateng’s shot on target got blocked.

As the match progressed, the host’s efforts paid off as Thomas Mueller headed home Joshua Kimmich’s corner kick to break the deadlock at the near post with 23 minutes into the game. 

After the restart,the visitors shocked the German record champions with the equalizer out of the blue after Adam Szalai shrugged off two defender to beat Bayern custodian Manuel Neuer into the far post corner four minutes later.

Hoffenheim gained momentum but a foul play penalty allowed Bayern to take the 2-1 lead. However, Baumann saved Lewandowski’s shot before Robben tapped home the rebound, which was overruled by the video referee. Lewandowski stepped up again only to beat Baumann into the bottom left for the 2-1 lead in the 82nd minute.

The video referee once again overruled Mueller’s brace due to a deflected handball. Bayern piled on the pressure and it came as no surprise when Arjen Robben sealed the deal after the build up work from Leon Goretzka.

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