Bayern Munich Hit Schalke 04 for Eight
It was a glorious hat trick for Sergei Gnabry as Bayern Munich demolished Schalke 04 8-0 in the German Bundesliga Friday night.
New recruit from Manchester City Leroy Sane also got on the score sheet as the Bavarians ran riots to continue from where they stopped last season. Bayern Munich won the treble last season.
Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala also scored their other goals.
Gnabry, whose father is Ivorian, was sold cheaply for 5m pounds but is now worth about 60m with his devcastating form since joining Bayern from Werder Bremen.
It was supposed to be a transition season for the side but their form is pointing to another treble season.
They won the domestic league and cup and the UEFA Champions League trophy last season.
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.
Goretzka drove in a low second from Muller’s lay-off and Lewandowski scored a penalty after he was fouled.
The 32-year-old Pole scored 55 goals in 47 games last season.
Sane then set up Gnabry to score into an empty net from 20 yards for his second goal. They paired up again with Gnabry slotting the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Muller scored next, as he volleyed home from Lewandowski’s rabona cross.
Germany international Sane ran on to a through ball from the halfway line before slotting home. That was his first club goal since scoring for City against Manchester United in a 2-0 derby win in April 2019.
Teenager Musiala, who played for two minutes last season, came off the bench and cut in from the wing before adding an eighth. He is Bayern’s youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history.
That was the second time Bayern managed eight goals in a game this year, having smashed Barcelona 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-finals.