Bayern Munich kicked off their new Bundesliga campaign tonight with a home tie against Lucien Favre's Moenchengladbach. They won 3-1 on goals from Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic and David Alaba, whilst an own goal from Dante offered the only moment of solace for the visitors.
In Pep Guardiola's Bundesliga debut, his new side didn't let him down in an opening home tie that proved to be rather pedestrian despite a few bumps along the way from the lively visitors.
The first half was a lively encounter, offering a tasty opening display worthy of the Bundesliga's triumphant return, which stayed goalless for no more than 12 minutes, before Robben opened the scoring with a wonderful flick over Marc-Andre ter Stegen off an assist from Franck Ribery.
Then, three minutes later, as if on cue, Mandzukic showed up for the second when he found himself in the right place at the right time during a set piece in which the initial shot rebounded straight in to the path of the striker, who happily slotted the ball away to double Bayern's lead.
The Bavarian side looked good and set for all three points after the second goal, following a flutter of half chances around the Gladbach box. That is, until an unfortunate tackle from Dante, whilst intercepting a strong Juan Arango cross in the 40th minute, bounced off the defender's foot and passed a surprised Manuel Neuer. Surprising in nature but reassuring in practice for Gladbach, as they picked up their pace and made things uncomfortable for Bayern before halftime.
The second half began in much the same vein for Gladbach and Bayern, as the visitors continued their pursuit of an equaliser.
New signings Raffael and Max Kruse offered plenty of space and opportunity for the Foals as they grew in to the game, whilst Bayern continued to pepper the Gladbach goalmouth with chances of their own. Both Neuer and Ter Stegen were needed at their best to keep the score at a minimum.
Alas, Bayern finally killed things off through peculiar measures when Alvara Dominguez handled the ball in the box, offering Thomas Muller an opportunity to score the third from the penalty box. However, Muller would miss thanks to an outstanding save from Ter Stegen, and Dominguez again handled the ball in pursuit of the rebound. DAlaba then stepped up and professionally put the ball in to the back of the net.
With that, 3-1 to Bayern, and ultimately game over for Gladbach.
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