Bundesliga: Gnabry, Sane help Bayern dismantle Schalke 8-0 in season opener

With the biggest opening win in Bundesliga history, Bayern showed it had lost none of sharpness that helped them win the Champions League less than a month ago.

Bayern Munich's Bundesliga opener against Schalke turned out to be one-sided affair that stretched Bayern's unbeaten run to 31 games this year, having now won the last 22 matches in a row.   -  Getty Images

Treble winner Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 04 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sane on Friday as it made a sensational start to the new Bundesliga season and sent an ominous warning to potential challengers.

With the biggest opening win in Bundesliga history, Bayern showed it had lost none of sharpness that helped them to lift the Champions League trophy less than a month ago in dominant fashion.

Gnabry grabbed his first goal for the host with a fine turn and shot in the fourth minute in what turned out to be a one-sided affair that stretched Bayern's unbeaten run to 31 games this year, having now won the last 22 matches in a row.

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Schalke, without a league win in 17 consecutive matches since January, were helpless against Bayern's lightning-quick game and Leon Goretzka found plenty of space to drive a low shot past keeper Ralf Faehrmann in the 19th minute.

"You can see that the team was already strong last season," said Sane, who joined from Manchester City. "The team is still hungry despite winning the treble last season and to have such a start is outstanding."

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Lewandowski became the first player to score in 10 successive appearances against the same Bundesliga opponents.   -  Getty Images

 

Bayern finished its season in August when it added the Champions League to its Bundesliga and German Cup titles and then had only a short preparation for the new season. Last season's top scorer Robert Lewandowski found the net with a 31st-minute penalty to become the first player to score in 10 successive appearances against the same Bundesliga opponents.

Gnabry then scored twice from Sane's assists in the 47th and 59th before Thomas Mueller made it half a dozen after Lewandowski set him up with an impressive rabona kick.

Sane then capped his superb Bayern debut with a fine finish from a counter attack in an empty Allianz Arena, after the city banned spectators due to rising coronavirus infection numbers in the region.

A little later substitute Jamal Musiala drilled in goal number eight to become the youngest ever Bayern scorer in the league at 17 years old.

The result piled more pressure on already-embattled Schalke coach David Wagner, who has been under intense scrutiny during their winless run this year.



Bayern delivered a message - Flick

Coach Hansi Flick believes the champion delivered a message to the rest of the Bundesliga that the treble winner is in superb form.

"It was superb from us. Before the game we wanted this to be a game that would define where we are at this stage and my players did it very well," Flick said.

"We wanted to show that in this season again we are here."

Yet Flick was quick to point out that it was just one game in a long and crowded season to come.

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Jamal Musiala became the youngest ever Bayern scorer in the league at 17 years old.   -  Getty Images

 

"We just had the first game. Let us go slowly here. But it was important to show we are on the right path."

"Bayern were in sensationally good form," said Wagner, whose team has failed to win any of their last 17 league matches.

"At the moment Bayern are most likely the world's strongest team. They showed that today.

"We did not play well at all. We now need to shake it off and show a reaction

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