Bayern rolls past Monchengladbach in Bundesliga opener

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Updated: August 9, 2013

Munich, Germany (Sports Network) – Bayern Munich opened its Bundesliga
campaign in style by claiming a comfortable 3-1 defeat of Borussia
Monchengladbach at the Allianz Arena on Friday.

It looked as if Bayern would rout the visitors after the European champions
found themselves up two goals inside the opening 16 minutes.

Arjen Robben got Pep Guardiola’s side off the mark in the 12th minute when he
flicked home a cross from Franck Ribery, and Mario Mandzukic doubled the
club’s advantage four minutes later when he turned in a loose ball from inside
the six-yard box.

An own goal from Dante in the 40th minute made for an nervy second half, but
the Bavarians put the result beyond any doubt in the 69th minute.

Thomas Muller had a penalty kick saved in the 68th minute, but Bayern was
awarded another attempt just a minute later. David Alaba made no mistake with
the next spot kick, converting his penalty to seal the first of what is sure
to be many wins for the defending Bundesliga champions.

Bayern’s biggest threat toward retaining its title figures to be Borussia
Dortmund, which takes on Augsburg on Saturday. Bayer Leverkusen will also look
to close the gap on Bayern beginning with the club’s opener against Freiburg
at the BayArena on Saturday.

Rounding out Saturday’s supplementary Bundesliga action, Hannover hosts
Wolfsburg at the AWD Arena, Hertha Berlin returns to the top flight with a
home match against Eintracht Frankfurt, Hoffenheim takes on Nurnberg at the
Rhein-Neckar Arena and newly-promoted Braunschweig plays host to Werder
Bremen.

Sunday’s doubleheader will see Mainz host Stuttgart at the Coface Arena before
Hamburg heads to the Veltins Arena to take on Schalke.