Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 on Friday to kick off the new Bundesliga, with Sadio Mané scoring on his league debut.
Bayern is still the clear favorite to win an unprecedented 11th straight championship based on their blatant domination against the squad who won the Europa League the previous season.
In the first half alone, the Bavarian powerhouse had 17 shots on target, and despite Thomas Müller’s hilarious miss, the visitors were able to survive.
The home crowd whistled during the opening ceremony and Carolin Niemczyk’s passionate rendition of the German national anthem. They also celebrated the event in their own unique way by detonating prohibited fireworks behind one of the goals.
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It created a massive cloud of smoke over the Frankfurt goal, which may have benefited the visitors, as Joshua Kimmich scored through the haze with a free kick off the right post in the fifth minute. Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was slow to react because he was expecting a cross.
Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Serge Gnabry, and Jamal Musiala each scored twice as Bayern demonstrated no negative effects from the summer transfer of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona.
In the 11th minute, Benjamin Pavard scored on a rebound of Müller’s blocked shot.Bayern Munich players celebrate their sixth goal of the game.
Bayern had to wait until the 29th minute for Mané to score his third goal, a header from Serge Gnabry’s floated cross. It was the Senegalese forward’s first goal in the Bundesliga since joining from Liverpool.
Müller assisted Jamal Musiala in the 35th minute, and Gnabry scored immediately before halftime.
Only the interval gave respite for the struggling home squad.
Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner made three substitutions during the halftime break and was rewarded with a significantly more encouraging second half performance.
New signee Kolo Muani scored on his league debut in the 64th minute after forcing a mistake from overconfident goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
However, the guests remained calm. Musiala showed great movement before scoring his second goal in the 83rd minute.