Robert Lewandowski netted a controversial penalty awarded by VAR on the second try as Bayern Munich opened the brand new Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday.
Thomas Mueller put Bayern forward with a first-half header and Adam Szalai equalised earlier than Lewandowski’s spot-kick and a late Arjen Robben aim sealed victory on the Allianz Enviornment.
Each groups appear to have suffered critical harm setbacks as Bayern winger Kingsley Coman and Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt needed to be helped off.
New Bayern coach Niko Kovac bought his facet’s bid for a seventh straight title off to a successful begin in his first league recreation.
However Hoffenheim had each cause to complain about Bayern’s second aim on 82 minutes.
“That wasn’t clear reduce,” admitted Bayern boss Kovac, “I wouldn’t have given it”.
Replays confirmed Hoffenheim defender Havard Nordtveit made no contact with Franck Ribery, but Bayern have been awarded the penalty and when Lewandowski had his preliminary shot saved, Robben netted the rebound.
Nevertheless, the penalty needed to be retaken as replays confirmed Robben bumped into the world too quickly and Lewandowski scored on the second try.
“We put in some brutal strain till the penalty — which wasn’t one,” fumed Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.
“I don’t know the place the video assistant referee (VAR) was for that, apparently they weren’t at their locations. It was marginal.”
Mueller then had a aim dominated out for putting his elbow earlier than Robben made positive of the three factors with Bayern’s third aim on 90 minutes.
Kovac sprung a shock earlier than kick-off by beginning with Germany centre-back Mats Hummels, 29, and Robben, 34, on the bench.
Defender Niklas Suele and Coman, each 22, took over within the beginning line-up.
Mueller responded to sharp criticism of his poor performances on the World Cup, when Germany crashed out after ending backside of their group, with an outstanding header from a nook within the 23rd minute to say the primary aim of the season.
Hoffenheim wasted a golden likelihood moments later when Joelinton fired extensive with solely goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to beat.
The hosts ought to have gone 2-Zero up when Coman fired straight at Hoffenheim ‘keeper Oliver Baumann on 37 minutes, earlier than having to be helped off after taking a heavy knock on the ankle in a foul by Hoffenheim defender Nico Schulz.
The referee initially missed the incident, however after VAR intervened, Schulz was booked and Robben changed Coman.
It stayed 1-Zero on the break, however Hoffenheim drew stage following two errors within the Bayern ranks after Javi Martinez gave away possession weakly.
Hoffenheim striker Szalai powered into the field, held off Martinez’s problem and turned Boateng to fireside residence on 57 minutes.
Martinez made manner for Leon Goretzka with 25 minutes left as Kovac put extra emphasis on assault, and Hoffenheim misplaced Vogt when he landed awkwardly after a problem.
And after the VAR drama, Robben made positive of the factors by darting onto a by means of ball and firing residence for the defending champions.