by MACAULAY DALEY.
Bayern Munich started their quest for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title with a 6-0 hammering of Werder Bremen on Friday night.
A hat-trick for Robert Lewandowski, his second in as many games under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, helped Bayern to a convincing victory.
Xabi Alonso started the party in Bavaria in the ninth minute with a wonderful volley from just outside the area, before Lewandowski made it two just four minutes later.
That’s the way it stayed until half-time, before the Pole doubled his tally for the night, poking in Thomas Muller’s cross in the 46th minute.
Goals from captain Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribery added to Bremen’s humiliation, before Lewandowski put the icing on the cake, firing home a 77th minute penalty.
That result meant that the pressure was on rivals Borussia Dortmund to get a result against Mainz on Saturday, which they did, albeit less impressively.
Two goals from Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one a header from new signing Andre Schurrle’s cross, the other from the penalty spot, saw them over the line at Signal Iduna Park. A late goal from Yoshinori Muto gave Martin Schmidt’s side a glimmer of hope, but proved nothing more than a mere consolation.
Andre Hahn picked up where he left off at the end of last season as Borussia Monchengladbach ran out 2-1 winners against Bayer Leverkusen.
Hahn, who scored five goals in the last four matches at the end of the last campaign, including a double against Leverkusen, started the scoring on the stroke of half-time.
Latching onto Jonathan Tah’s poor header he raced through and finished first time past Bernd Leno. In the 79th minute, Joel Pohjanpalo, making his debut for Bayer three years after originally signing, scored with his first touch to bring the two sides level.
But with five minutes of the match to go, new Gladbach captain Lars Stindl finished smartly to give Andre Schubert’s side all three points.
Marcel Sabitzer was the hero for RB Leipzig, scoring a 90th minute equaliser as Die Bullen picked up their first ever top flight point. Lukas Rupp opened the scoring for Hoffenheim, before Dominik Kaiser equalised for the new boys.
Mark Uth’s 85th minute goal looked to have secured all three points for Julian Nagelsmann’s side, before Sabitzer’s late effort.
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