Aug 9, 2013 at 7.30pm UK at ​Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich
Borussia M'bachBorussia Monchengladbach
Robben (13'), Mandzukic (16'), Alaba (71' pen.)
Mandzukic (87')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Dante (42' og.)
Kramer (43'), Stranzl (52')

Result: Bayern Munich win Bundesliga opener

Result: Bayern win Bundesliga opener
© PA Photos
Early goals from Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic help Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich beat Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 in the opening match of their Bundesliga title defence.

Bayern Munich have begun the defence of their Bundesliga crown with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach at the Allianz Arena this evening.

Early strikes from Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic put the European champions into a 2-0 lead, but an own goal from Dante handed Gladbach an unexpected lifeline.

However, David Alaba converted the second of two Bayern penalties in the latter stages to make sure of the points in Pep Guardiola's first league game in charge of the Bavarians.

The Spanish tactician was unable to call on summer signing Thiago Alcantara, who was absent due to illness, but his naming of an attacking lineup soon paid dividends when Bayern raced into a comfortable advantage.

Frank Ribery's precise chip into the box found Robben, whose deft flick over Gladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen put Munich ahead inside a quarter-of-an-hour.

Things got even better for the hosts when Mandzukic pounced to convert from close range on 17 minutes, after Ter Stegen had denied Ribery's initial shot.

The action continued to be one-way traffic, before a mix up between Manuel Neuer and Dante, who headed into his own net at the near post, halved Bayern's lead just prior to the break.

It proved to be only a blip in an impressive performance from Guardiola's outfit, who, after hitting the post through Toni Kroos, were awarded a second-half penalty when Alvaro Dominguez handled inside of the box.

Thomas Mueller's spot kick was well saved by Ter Stegen, but, remarkably, Dominguez was adjudged to have handled again when attempting to clear and Bayern had another chance to make the game safe from 12 yards.

Alaba took over the penalty-taking duties and succeeded where his teammate failed, convincingly smashing the ball into the side netting to secure Bayern victory in their season opener.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola on the touchline against Sao Paulo on July 31, 2013
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