Aug 05, 2022
Mané scores on debut, Bayern starts Bundesliga with 6-1 rout
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BERLIN (AP) — Sadio Mané scored on his league debut and Bayern Munich routed Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 to start the new Bundesliga on Friday.
Jamal Musiala got two goals and Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard and Serge Gnabry also scored as Bayern showed no ill effect from Robert Lewandowski’s summer transfer to Barcelona.
The sheer dominance against the team that won the Europa League last season shows why Bayern remains the firm favorite for a record-extending 11th consecutive title.
Both the opening ceremony and a passionate performance of the German anthem by pop singer Carolin Niemczyk were whistled by the home fans, who marked the occasion in their own way by setting off banned pyrotechnics behind one of the goals.
It sent a huge cloud of smoke over the Frankfurt goal and may even have aided the visitors as Joshua Kimmich scored through the haze with a free kick in off the right post in the fifth minute. Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who was expecting a cross, was late to react.
Benjamin Pavard made it 2-0 in the 11th on a rebound of Müller’s blocked effort.
Bayern had to wait till the 29th for Mané to get the third with a header to Serge Gnabry’s floated cross. It was the Senegalese forward’s first Bundesliga goal following his transfer from Liverpool.
Müller gave Jamal Musiala a tap-in in the 35th and Gnabry got the fifth just before halftime.
Only the break provided relief for the beleaguered home team.
Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner reacted with three changes in the interval and was rewarded with a far more encouraging performance in the second half.
New signing Kolo Muani forced a mistake from overconfident goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to score on his league debut in the 64th.
But the visitors didn’t panic. Musiala displayed fine footwork before scoring his second in the 83rd.
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Watch Gareth Bale score ‘absolutely filthy’ goal and send MLS commentator wild as Wales ace’s great LAFC start goes on
And club boss Steve Cherundolo says the eye-catching individual effort proves the Wales captain can still run.
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Bale came off the bench to score his second MLS goal in the 87th minute of the 4-1 win at Real Salt Lake on Sunday morning.
His effort came when the 33-year-old picked up the ball just inside the Salt Lake half.
Bale then skipped past his marker Justen Glad with a decent turn of pace before firing home with his trademark left foot.
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His finish provoked a deafening shriek of "goal" before the commentator shouted: "And Gareth Bale does it again."
The glorious strike evoked memories of Bale in his prime, scoring fine solo goals for Tottenham, Real Madrid and Wales.
LAFC boss Cherundolo said: "It's a great moment for Gareth and the team. He's a well-liked guy in the group and elsewhere. It was a well-taken goal.
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"So we were ecstatic for him.
"He feels healthier and more fit by the day and I'm sure we will see more of that to come."
Bale's second goal in just five sub appearances continued his impressive start to life Stateside as LAFC grabbed a fifth successive league win to remain top of the Western Conference.
He left Real when his contract expired at the end of June and has enjoyed life at his new club in California.
Bale even looked happy as he was reunited with his old Madrid pals in LA when the Spanish giants spent time on the west coast of USA during pre-season last month.