Sadio Mane scores on Bundesliga debut as Bayern Munich thrash Frankfurt


Tuta of Eintracht Frankfurt and Sadio Mane of Bayern Muenchen battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Bayern München at Deutsche Bank Park on August 5, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

Sadio Mane took less than 30 minutes to find his scoring form for Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga opener on Friday night.

The German champions began the defence of their crown in dominant fashion as they thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1.

The hosts went into the match with optimism, although this was soon crushed out of them.

Frankfurt won the Europa League last season by defeating Rangers in the final and face Real Madrid next Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup.

There seemed to be a feel-good factor around the club, though they finished 11th last season domestically.

Meanwhile Bayern have lost Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, who netted 60 goals last campaign.

While very few expect new signing Mane, who joined from Liverpool, to reach such a tally, he has managed to get off to an impressive start.

Prior to the game, Frankfurt president Peter Fischer joked about Bayern’s new arrival as he said in an interview with broadcasters RTL and n-tv: “Who the f*** is Mane?”

Bayern began quickly, going 1-0 up through Joshua Kimmich inside five minutes.

Benjamin Pavard doubled the lead with just ten minutes on the clock.

Then, as the match approached the half-hour mark, Mane struck.

Serge Gnabry was played in down the left wing with the former Liverpool man up alongside him in the middle.

As he entered the penalty area, Gnabry deftly lifted the ball over the Frankfurt defender between them so that Mane could head home.

At half-time, Bayern were 5-0 up as Jamal Musiala and Gnabry added to their tally.

In the second half, Randal Kolo Muani got one back for the hosts, but Musiala scored again and the match ended 6-1.


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