Friday, August 9, 2013

Bayern 3-1 Gladbach: Bavarians labor to victory in Bundesliga opener

Strikes from Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic and David Alaba secured a win on home turf, despite Dante's own goal, that kicked off Bayern's campaign in winning fashion.

Bayern Munich kicked off its Bundesliga defense with a hugely entertaining 3-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday.

The Bavarians began in style and quickfire goals from Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic ensured Pep Guardiola's reign retained the element of domination that Jupp Heynckes had fashioned throughout last season's treble success.

A Dante own-goal just before

halftime ensured that the Allianz Arena tie remained in the balance and Lucien Favre's men came out fighting after the break and threatened to equalize on a number of occasions.

However, Alvaro Dominguez conceded two penalties in the space of two minutes - both handballs - and, though Thomas Muller saw the first brilliantly saved by Marc Andre ter Stegen, David Alaba smoothly converted the second attempt in the 69th minute to put to bed any comeback from the visitors.