Treble winners Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 04 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sane on Friday as they made a sensational start to the new Bundesliga season and sent an ominous warning to potential challengers.
Gnabry grabbed his first goal for the hosts with a fine turn and shot in the fourth minute in what turned out to be a one-sided affair that stretched Bayern’s unbeaten run to 31 games this year, having now won the last 22 matches in a row.
Schalke, without a league win since January, were helpless against Bayern’s lightning-quick game and Leon Goretzka found plenty of space to drive a low shot past keeper Ralf Faehrmann in the 19th minute.
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates scoring his team’s third goal of the game
Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Leon Goretzka scored the second goal against Schalke
Gnabry of Bayern Munich celebrates scoring his team’s first goal on Friday evening
Sane celebrates scoring the seventh goal for the European champions against Schalke
Gnabry (2-L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a hat-trick against rivals Schalke
Bayern Munich XI: Neuer; Lucas, Süle, Boateng, Pavard; Goretzka, Kimmich; Gnabry, Müller, Sané; Lewandowski
Subs: Ulreich, Nübel – Martínez, Cuisance, Zirkzee, Davies, Tolisso, Fein, Richards, Musiala.
Schalke XI: Fährmann, Oczipka, Kabak, Stambouli, Rudy; Bentaleb, Serdar; Harit, Uth, Matondo, Paciência
Subs: Schubert, Mednyl, Raman, Ibisevic, Kutucu, Skrzybski, Schopf, Becker, Thiaw
Last season’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski found the net with a 31st-minute penalty to become the first player to score in 10 successive appearances against the same Bundesliga opponents.
Gnabry then scored twice from Sane’s assists in the 47th and 59th before Thomas Mueller made it half a dozen.
Sane then capped a superb Bayern debut with a fine finish from a counter attack before substitute Jamal Musiala drilled in goal number eight to become the youngest ever Bayern scorer in the league at 17 years old.
The European champions didn’t look as though they were missing Thiago Alcantara who left to join Liverpool on Friday.
Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, had been in discussions with his counterpart at Bayern, Hasan Salihamidzic, and he made a breakthrough, with Liverpool guaranteeing to pay a minimum of £20m over the next four years.
Should Liverpool win the Premier League or Champions League again before 2024, they will have to pay Bayern another £5m and there are other bonuses should he win any individual honours during his time at Anfield.
Thiago arrived on Merseyside via a private flight to begin his medical on Thursday and now the formalities have been completed.
Muller of Bayern Munich scores his team’s sixth goal in their opening Bundesliga match
Jamal Musiala drilled in goal number eight to become the youngest ever Bayern scorer
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