Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was on target as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich got their title defence off to a winning start this evening.
The England captain marked his debut with a goal and an assist as Thomas Tuchel’s side ran out 4-0 winners over Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion.
After an anonymous display during his 26-minute cameo in the DFL Supercup defeat to RB Leipzig, Kane needed just four minutes to make a telling impact in his league debut.
Kane, who recently signed a long-term sponsorship deal with global footwear giants Skechers, is typically lauded for his goalscoring ability, meaning his creative prowess often flies under the radar.
But he wasted no time demonstrating his vast array of talents after setting up Leroy Sane for the opening goal with a perfectly weighted through ball.
Bayern’s opener appeared to be short-lived minutes later when Niclas Fullkrug headed home from Marvin Ducksch’s free-kick, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Despite the scare, Bayern controlled proceedings and had only themselves to blame for heading into the break with a slender lead as Jamal Musiala, Noussair Mazraoui and Leon Goretzka all spurned decent chances to double their lead.
The hosts needed a reaction, and Leonardo Bittencourt came within inches of levelling the scoreline, but his effort from Fullkrug’s enticing cross flew inches wide of the target.
After missing decent chances to restore parity, Bremen were nearly punished for their profligacy by Kane, who was eager to get on the score sheet on his much-anticipated debut.
The England international took advantage of some space on the edge of the box to unleash a goal-bound effort, but Bremen’s goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was equal to the task.
Bremen grew more confident as the game progressed and starved Bayern of clear-cut chances, suddenly turning the tides on the defending champions.
However, with the game on a knife edge, Bayern’s €100 million investment paid off as Kane latched on to a pass from Alphonso Davies to rifle a deflected shot past Pavlenka in the 74th minute.
With a goal and an assist to his name, the 30-year-old was replaced in the 84th minute with what looked like a slight knock, but Bayern will hope it is nothing serious.
Die Rekordmeister pressed on in the absence of their new talisman as stoppage-time goals from Sane and Mathys Tel completed a four-goal rout for Tuchel’s men.
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