Bundesliga Opener: Bayern Munich Blast Eight Goals Past Schalke
Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and Leroy Sane scored on his Bayern Munich debut as they opened the new Bundesliga season with a demolition of Schalke.
Leroy Sane, making his debut after a £44.7m move from Manchester City, assisted two of Gnabry’s goals.
Hansi Flick’s side have won 22 games in a row.
Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala scored their other goals.
Bayern’s record now reads 30 wins and one draw since their last defeat in any competition on 7 December. They won last season’s treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League.
Schalke, in contrast, have not won since 17 January and lost seven of their nine Bundesliga games following the 2019-20 season restart.
Bayern had hoped to have a crowd of 7,500 for their season opener – with clubs from some states allowed to have fans this weekend – but that was blocked by Munich’s mayor.
Gnabry scored in the fourth minute as he found space outside the box before curling home – and Bayern never looked back.
This was the biggest victory any team have managed on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga.