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Arjen Robben seals opening-day win for Bayern Munich over Hoffenheim

• Bayern Munich 3-1 Hoffenheim
• Müller, Lewandowski and Robben score for Bayern

Bayern Munich began their defence of the Bundesliga title – and Niko Kovac’s reign as manager – with a 3-1 victory at home to Hoffenheim. Kovac succeeded Jupp Heynckes following his retirement shortly after they won their sixth successive German league title and, after leading them to DFL-Supercup glory against his former club Eintracht Frankfurt, the Croatian delivered a win in his first Bundesliga game in charge.

After a disappointing summer for German football in which the 2014 World Cup winners were unexpectedly knocked out at the group stage in Russia, Thomas Müller needed only 23 minutes to give Bayern the lead. An equalising goal from Adam Szalai and two disallowed efforts threatened to undermine Kovac’s hopes of continuing his winning start but the manager introduced Arjen Robben after Kingsley Coman was lost to injury and, after Robert Lewandowski’s penalty, the Dutchman secured all three points.

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