Bayern begin title defence with a victory


FC Bayern München got their Bundesliga title defence off to a good start on Friday when Carlo Ancelotti’s men beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 at a rainy Allianz Arena.

  • Bayern Munich 3 Bayer Leverkusen 1
  • Sule heads Bayern’s first
  • Tolisso makes it two
  • Lewandoski scores a penalty
  • Mehmedi pulls one back

Match summary

Bayern were largely in control and were 3-0 up before the hour mark through goals from Niklas Sule, Corentin Tolisso and Robert Lewandowski.

Bayer did have some chances and managed to pull one back through a fantastic strike from Admir Mehmedi, although the home side eventually collected all three points.

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Full report

Bayern got off to a good start and nearly went ahead in the fifth minute when Robert Lewandowski set up Corentin Tolisso, who saw his shot parried away by Bernd Leno.

Yet, the Bavarians would be ahead four minutes later when Niklas Sule rose highest to head home Sebastian Rudy’s inviting cross from a free kick, after Franck Ribery was brought down.

The home team made it 2-0 not long after when the impressive Tolisso raced through and nodded a header over Leno, after Arturo Vidal sent an inviting dinked pass over Leverkusen’s defence. Moments later the same player nearly made it 3-0 but was denied by the woodwork.

With the rain hammering down, it ended 2-0 at the break with Bayern in full control. After the interval, the game was effectively over as a contest when Lewandowski was brought down in the box by Charles Aranguiz, and the Poland international slotted the kick in the 52nd minute.

Six minutes later the visitors were denied brilliantly by Ulreich who first stopped Julian Brandt’s backheel from close range, before following it up with a second stop from Dominik Kohr on the rebound.

Yet, Die Werkself did pull one back when Admir Mehmedi when hit home a rocket from distance which crashed into Bayern’s net off the underside of the bar in the 65th minute.

Kohr then missed a good chance eight minutes later when he flashed a header wide, where he may have done better. Ancelotti’s men did have chances in the closing stages to add a fourth through Ribery and Arjen Robben, however, it ended 3-1 in Munich.