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Bayern newcomers Sule, Tolisso score in season opening win

Bayern newcomers Sule, Tolisso score in season opening win
By Reuters

18/08/2017 at 21:53Updated 18/08/2017 at 22:32

Champions Bayern Munich eased past Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in the Bundesliga season opener on Friday to lay down a marker as they eye a record-extending sixth straight German league title.

Newcomers Niklas Suele and Corentin Tolisso put the Bavarians ahead before Robert Lewandowski added a third with a penalty, following the official use of the video assistant referee for the first time in the Bundesliga.

Bayern were missing close to half a dozen key players to injury including Manuel Neuer, Thiago Alcantara and Jerome Boateng, but it never showed as they rode roughshod over Leverkusen for more than an hour.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen lies on the pitch during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Allianz Arena on August 18, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen lies on the pitch during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Allianz Arena on August 18, 2017 in Munich, Germany.Getty Images

Admir Mehmedi pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 65th minute, who missed a handful of good chances to score again late in the game.

Bayern could have taken the lead after five minutes when Frenchman Tolisso, the club's record signing at 41 million euros, came close to scoring on his league debut but goalkeeper Bernd Leno did well to block his low drive.

It took the hosts another five minutes to break the deadlock when Suele head home after fellow newcomer Sebastian Rudy floated a free kick to the far post.

Midfielder Tolisso did score in the 19th minute with a close-range header from Arturo Vidal's clever cross.

Tolisso then rattled the post four minutes later with Leverkusen struggling to repel the Bayern pressure.

The start of the second half was delayed for more than 20 minutes due to torrential rain, but seven minutes later the Bundesliga's first ever use of the video assistant referee handed Bayern a penalty.

Poland forward Lewandowski, who had been brought down by Charles Aranguiz, converted the spot kick to grab Bayern's third goal before Mehmedi fired in from close range.

Leverkusen finally managed to spark into life but were wasteful with their chances as Bayern stepped off the gas.

Last season's runners-up RB Leipzig begin their title challenge at Schalke 04 on Saturday while Borussia Dortmund, who finished third, travel to VfL Wolfsburg.

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