MX23RW : Friday, September 21 14:06:40
Aug 24, 2018 at 7.30pm UK at ​Allianz Arena (München)
Attendance: 75,000
Bayern Munich
3-1
Hoffenheim
Muller (23'), Lewandowski (79' pen.), Robben (90')
Muller (45')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Szalai (57')
Nuhu (21'), Bittencourt (29'), Kaderabek (43'), Schulz (45')

Result: Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim in Bundesliga season opener

Result: Bayern begin season by beating Hoffenheim
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Bayern Munich get the 2018-19 Bundesliga campaign underway with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim in Friday's season opener at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich have kicked off the 2018-19 Bundesliga campaign with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim in Friday's season opener at the Allianz Arena.

The champions hit the ground running in the opening minutes of the encounter as Robert Lewandowski rifled an effort into an opposition defender following Joshua Kimmich's free kick.

Although Hoffenheim appeared to have weathered the storm and looked comfortable midway through the first half, they were undone by a set piece as Kimmich's corner was headed home by Thomas Muller.

The visitors went on to employ the physical approach during the remainder of the opening 45 minutes and Bayern responded in kind, with five yellow cards and an injury to Kingsley Coman before the break.

For all of Hoffenheim's struggles during the game, they managed to equalise against the run of play when Adam Szalai got the better of Jerome Boateng before firing across Manuel Neuer just before the hour.

The game then endured a chaotic finish as Bayern were awarded a penalty, but Lewandowski's spot kick had to be re-taken due to encroachment from Arjen Robben, who scored the rebound after the Pole's effort was saved.

Lewandowski made no mistake at the second opportunity, but minutes later, the hosts had another goal ruled out after the referee judged Muller to have handled Leon Goretzka's shot before it hit the net.

Nonetheless, Niko Kovac's side succeeded in killing off the game on 90 minutes, Robben rifling home from a tight angle to ensure a winning start for the 2017-18 champions.

BAYERN MUNICH (4-1-4-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Boateng, Alaba; Martinez (Goretzka 67'); Coman (Robben 45'), Muller, Thiago, Ribery (Rodriguez 83'); Lewandowski

HOFFENHEIM (3-5-2): Baumann; Bicakcic, Vogt (Nordtveit 74'), Nuhu (Akpoguma 67'); Kaderabek, Bittencourt, Grillitsch, Grifo (Zuber 45'), Schulz; Apolinario, Szalai

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