Bayern welcomes Fuerth to 50-year old Bundesliga
Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo (R) and Fuerth’s Djiby Fall fight for the ball
BERLIN, Germany ● Bayern Munich opened their German league campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at promoted Greuther Fuerth on Saturday on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga’s 50th season.
Fuerth were making their Bundesliga debut and held their famous Bavarian neighbours for most of the first half until their defence finally cracked as goals from Thomas Mueller, Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben secured the win.
“In the first half, there were no surprises or changes in tempo in our game,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who also rejected media reports he will quit at the end of the season when his contract expires.
“We improved in the second-half where we were dominant, very clever and very smart. The team has shown we want to be successful this season.”
Bayern are still smarting after Borussia Dortmund won last season’s Bundesliga title while Munich lost both the German Cup and Champions League finals.
Bayern opened the scoring in Fuerth when new signing Dante headed down from a corner and although defender Heinrich Schmidtgal cleared off the line, Germany star Mueller was on hand to stab home.
Bayern doubled their lead in the 58th minute when Robben attacked the Fuerth defence on the right and after his shot was parried by Max Gruen, Mandzukic was on hand to head home and make it 2-0.
Since signing from Wolfsburg, the Croatia striker has scored four goals in three games for Bayern, including two in Monday’s 4-0 German Cup first-round win at Jahn Regensburg.
Robben hit the third 12 minutes from time with a spectacular shot from the left side of the goal that curled inside the near post from a tight angle after his shot clipped the boot of defender Thomas Kleine.
Promoted Eintracht Frankfurt got their season off to a great start as they came from behind for a 2-1 win at home to Bayer Leverkusen thanks to an equaliser from Stefan Aigner and a late header from Martin Lanig.
Borussia Moenchengladbach responded after their home defeat by Dynamo Kiev in Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg with a 2-1 victory at home to Hoffenheim.
Striker Mike Hanke headed home on 33 minutes, only for Hoffenheim’s Roberto Firmino to equalise with a header on 66 minutes.
Gladbach’s Venezuela midfielder Juan Arango unleashed a spectacular free-kick on 79 minutes to claim the points.
Hamburg’s season got off to a bad start with a 1-0 defeat at home to Nuremberg, whose new signing Hanno Balitsch, freshly arrived from Leverkusen, grabbed the winner 22 minutes from time.
Striker Dani Schahin had an afternoon to remember with both second-half goals for promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf in their 2-0 win at Augburg.
In the afternoon’s other game, Freiburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Mainz.
On Saturday evening Bas Dost scored the winning goal in the 90th minute to give Wolfsburg the 1-0 victory at the Mercedes Benz Arena over Stuttgart..
On Friday, defending champions Borussia Dortmund kicked off the new campaign with a 2-1 home win over Werder Bremen thanks to goals from Germany stars Marco Reus and Mario Goetze.