StarTimes Sport: Bayern delight at opening 6-0 win

Byn1FC Bayern Munich kicked off the defence of their Bundesliga title with an emphatic 6-0 win over SV Werder Bremen that included a hat-trick for striker Robert Lewandowski.

Goals: 1-0 Alonso (9′), 2-0 Lewandowski (13′), 3-0 (Lewandowski 46’), 4-0 Lahm (66’), 5-0 (Ribery 73’), 6-0 (Lewandowski pen. 77’)

Bayern were in control from the outset at the Allianz Arena, and Xabi Alonso set them on their way with a brilliant, dipping volley from long-range that flew past Werder keeper Felix Wiedwald. Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead just four minutes later, picking up a fine pass from Franck Ribery and having enough time to place his shot across Wiedwald into the far corner. Bayern kept Wiedwald busy before half-time, forcing him into making a string of saves including one that took a Lewandowski shot onto the crossbar, while Thomas Müller struck the base of the post.

The champions were in no mood to relent following the break, and were three goals up inside of a minute of the restart. Müller capitalised on Werder giving the ball away in their own half and crossed with pinpoint accuracy towards Lewandowski, who leapt high to guide the ball home from inside the six-yard box for his second of the night.

Full-back Philipp Lahm waded in, playing a one-two with Müller and driving the ball in off the post and Ribery made it 5-0 when he drove a pass from Müller high beyond Wiedwald. Lewandowski completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot following a clear pull by substitute Max Eggestein on Rafinha. It sealed a fine night’s work for the hosts, whom Werder could barely lay a glove on all evening.

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“In the first half we attacked hard and had chances. We could have scored more, but we wanted to play football. It was a great evening for us and for the fans. We didn’t always press, but we were always offensive and attacked quickly, ” said Robert Lewandowski.

Carlo Ancelotti was happy and praized his players after the match. “The game was good and I’m very happy. Games like this are never easy. We scored goals quickly and then controlled the game. I didn’t have to change much because this team is excellent. We just played a little bit more directly and I think we did that well. Robert Lewandowski is a fantastic player. When he’s in the area, he’s always ready to score.”

SV Werder Bremen coach, Viktor Skripnik said : “When you go 3-0 down after 30 seconds of the second half, then that’s a real setback. We’re disappointed. Now we have two weeks to prepare ourselves [for the next game]. We wanted to go into the tackles and not stand off, but today wasn’t our day.”

Aubameyang at the double as Dortmund edge past Mainz

Borussia Dortmund made it a winning start to their 2016/17 campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over a spirited 1. FSV Mainz 05 side.

Goals: 1-0 Aubameyang (17′), Aubameyang (pen., 89′), 2-1 Muto (90′)

BVB coach Thomas Tuchel handed league debuts to new signings Ousmane Dembele, Sebastian Rode and Andre Schürrle and all three of them started the match impressively as Dortmund took control early on. Rode was as tenacious as ever in the middle of the park, while Dembele’s pace caused makeshift left-back Daniel Brosinski all manner of problems, including a booking for a cynical lunge.

On the other side of the pitch, Schürrle took a little longer to find his feet, but it was his delightfully measured cross that led to the opener, with Gabonese goal machine Aubameyang heading in his first of the season from six yards. The visitors responded admirably, however, and both Fabian Frei and Karim Onisiwo both drew smart saves out of Borussia ‘keeper Roman Bürki before the break.

Despite the lead, Tuchel cut a visibly frustrated figure on the touchline in the first half, and his mood was not helped when Christian Clemens was allowed to scamper free, only for the midfielder to blaze over. His side having lost their grip on proceedings somewhat, Tuchel introduced Julian Weigl on the hour-mark, and the young midfielder’s arrival helped the hosts regain control.

The home side slowly took the sting out of the game, and as Mainz tired in the closing stages, the impressive Schürrle helped seal the victory by turning on the after-burners to win a penalty after being tugged back by Onisiwo. Aubameyang duly converted and Dortmund’s winning start was assured, despite a late reply from Mainz’s Japanese substitute Yoshinori Muto.

Tuchel said: “We were desperate to show what we’re capable of, but we were a little nervous. We didn’t find our shape and rarely managed to get into the danger zones. It was hard work. It was a hard-fought win against a Mainz side that defended with their lives. But we also defended well and that gave us the platform to go on and make it 2-0. I’m delighted that [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang scored two goals. The result is what matters most, especially since we weren’t at our best today. It’s the perfect start.”

Martin Schmidt,1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach responded: “If I’d have known beforehand that we’d defend so well against Dortmund I’d have bitten your hand off. We kept a really strong side in check for 90 minutes. Unfortunately, we were undone by two set pieces. We weren’t good enough in the transition either. The lads nipped things in the bud, but then the final ball was lacking. It was a decent start to the Bundesliga season, but we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to digest things and integrate the newcomers. It’s started now and we’re ready.”

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