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Bochum 0-7 Bayern: Mane strikes twice as Nagelsmann’s men maintain winning start

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Bochum 0-7 Bayern: Mane strikes twice as Nagelsmann's men maintain winning startBayern Munich maintained their 100 per cent start to the Bundesliga season after sweeping aside 7-0 Bochum on Sunday, scoring at least six goals for the second away match in a row.

The defending champions were ruthless in the first half with Leroy Sane, Matthijs de Ligt, Kingsley Coman and Sadio Mane striking to put the visitors in control.

Mane struck again from the spot in the second half, with substitute Serge Gnabry also getting in on the act after Christian Gamboa had put the ball into his own net.

Bayern wasted no time in breaking the deadlock, Sane and Coman combining in a fine passing move before the former curled past Manuel Riemann with just four minutes on the clock.

Some shaky defending provided encouragement for Bochum but the lead was doubled by De Ligt, heading home Joshua Kimmich’s corner after Riemann misjudged the delivery.

Further mistakes from the hosts compounded their misery, Gamboa’s header back at goal pounced upon by Thomas Muller and Coman tucking home the rebound after Riemann’s save.

Mane saw an effort chalked off for handball but it mattered little as the former Liverpool star made sure immediately after, latching onto Coman’s pass and cutting back before striking home.

Bayern added further gloss to the score after the break, Mane smashing home from the spot after Coman won a penalty – taking his tally for the season to three goals in three games.

Things soon got worse, Gnabry’s pass poked beyond his own keeper by Gamboa before the Germany international smashed home off the post to take the tally to seven.

What does it mean? Lewandowski loss lacking

Any concerns about the loss of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona were quickly quelled in the opening rounds of fixtures and, having hit at least six goals in two of their three matches, can now be put to bed completely.

Bayern have scored 15 goals in just three Bundesliga matches so far this season, sharing the responsibility across the squad with eight separate scorers – Mane, Jamal Musiala and Gnabry the ones to have struck on more than one occasion.

Benjamin Pavard, Kimmich, Thomas Muller, De Ligt and Coman are the others to find the net, with the goals spread across an embarrassment of riches.

Coman returns with a vengeance

Returning from a three-match suspension, Coman laid down the mantle with a stellar display that saw him have a direct involvement in four of Bayern’s seven goals.

Providing the assists for Sane and Mane in the first half, Coman also got his name on the scoresheet before winning the second-half penalty that resulted in Mane securing his brace.

Unstoppable Bayern

Boasting a perfect record, hitting 15 goals and conceding just once, it would be impossible to ask for much more from Julian Nagelsmann’s side – who now hold the record for the best start in Bundesliga history.

Remarkably, 11 of those goals have come in the first half of their fixtures – more than any other side in history has scored in the opening 45 minutes of the first three Bundesliga matches of the season.

What’s next?

Bayern continue their title defence against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, while Bochum travel to Freiburg on Friday.

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