German Bundesliga
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Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bayern Munich
Niklas Sule headed in the opener as two players scored on their Bundesliga debut for Bayern for the first time since 2007 - when Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni netted against Rostock

Bayern Munich benefitted from a historic video replay decision as they opened the Bundesliga season with a win against Bayer Leverkusen at a rain-soaked Allianz Arena.

The defending champions, who are bidding for a sixth successive title, were given a second-half penalty after referee Tobias Stieler consulted the video assistant referee (VAR) system which has been introduced to the German top flight.

The official was unsure Robert Lewandowski had been fouled but, after going to the video referees based in Cologne, he awarded a spot-kick and the Poland striker converted for 3-0.

Bayern took an early lead when centre-back Niklas Sule headed in Sebastian Rudy's inswinging free-kick as the two summer arrivals from Hoffenheim combined.

Corentin Tolisso, another new signing from French side Lyon, doubled the lead with a close-range header after the visitors failed to deal with a corner.

After a heavy thunderstorm led to the second half being delayed by about 15 minutes, Lewandowski confidently converted low into the corner when Charles Aranguiz pulled back the Bayern player by his shoulder.

The away side, who flirted with relegation last season before finishing 12th, reduced the deficit when Admir Mehmedi lashed in a 20-yard drive.

But it was not enough to stop Carlo Ancelotti's side, who were missing a host of key players through injury, extending their unbeaten home run to a 23rd league match.

Bayern have won 18 and drawn five since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

Bayern Munich match delayed by heavy rain
Heavy rain started to fall towards the end of the first half in Munich, delaying the start of the second half

Line-ups

Bayern Mun

  • 26Ulreich
  • 32Kimmich
  • 4Süle
  • 5HummelsSubstituted forRafinhaat 62'minutes
  • 27Alaba
  • 24Tolisso
  • 19Rudy
  • 23VidalBooked at 63mins
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forRobbenat 61'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 7RibérySubstituted forComanat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Robben
  • 13Rafinha
  • 29Coman
  • 34Friedl
  • 35Renato Sanches
  • 36Früchtl
  • 41Pantovic

Bayer Levkn

  • 1Leno
  • 39Henrichs
  • 4Tah
  • 5BenderSubstituted forDragovicat 45'minutes
  • 18Wendell
  • 21KohrBooked at 8mins
  • 20AránguizBooked at 52minsSubstituted forKamplat 61'minutes
  • 9BaileySubstituted forBrandtat 45'minutes
  • 38Bellarabi
  • 14Mehmedi
  • 31Volland

Substitutes

  • 6Dragovic
  • 10Brandt
  • 15Baumgartlinger
  • 17Pohjanpalo
  • 22Yurchenko
  • 28Özcan
  • 44Kampl
Referee:
Tobias Stieler
Attendance:
75,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunAway TeamBayer Levkn
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away19
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, FC Bayern München 3, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 3, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1.

Hand ball by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Attempt blocked. Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Kampl.

Attempt missed. Julian Brandt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Kampl (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Julian Brandt.

Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Corentin Tolisso.

Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Sebastian Rudy.

Hand ball by Admir Mehmedi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

Foul by Jonathan Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Arjen Robben following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafinha.

Julian Brandt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

Attempt missed. Wendell (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Julian Brandt.

Admir Mehmedi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München).

Attempt missed. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Robert Lewandowski tries a through ball, but Kingsley Coman is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Kingsley Coman replaces Franck Ribéry.

Offside, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Dominik Kohr tries a through ball, but Karim Bellarabi is caught offside.

Corner, Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Conceded by Niklas Süle.

Attempt missed. Dominik Kohr (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Admir Mehmedi with a cross following a set piece situation.

Dominik Kohr (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) because of an injury.

Foul by Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Wendell.

Foul by Kevin Volland (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

Rafinha (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Sebastian Rudy tries a through ball, but Arjen Robben is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! FC Bayern München 3, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1. Admir Mehmedi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Julian Brandt.

Offside, FC Bayern München. Arturo Vidal tries a through ball, but Robert Lewandowski is caught offside.

Booking

Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

goal

As It Stood

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1Bayern Mun11003123
2VfL Wolfsburg00000000
2Stuttgart00000000
2Hoffenheim00000000
2SC Freiburg00000000
2Werder Bremen00000000
2RB Leipzig00000000
2Hertha BSC00000000
2Hannover00000000
2Hamburger SV00000000
2Schalke00000000
2FC Augsburg00000000
2Eintracht Frankfurt00000000
2B Gladbach00000000
2Bor Dortmd00000000
2Mainz 0500000000
21. FC Köln00000000
18Bayer Levkn100113-20
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