Bundesliga: Not an easy game for Bayern
In the opening game of the Bundesliga, the defending champion only manages to draw against Hertha BSC. The Berlin are satisfied.
The defending champions FC Bayern have missed in the opening match of the new Bundesliga season the tightly scheduled victory against Hertha BSC. The record champions came against the Berlin in Munich only to a 2: 2 (1: 2). Robert Lewandowski scored both goals for Bayern, Dodi Lukebakio and Marko Grujić were successful for Hertha.
"We did not play bad today, with pace and a lot of chances, although we played well, we have only one point," said Lewandowski. The first goal had "shocked" the team. The new Hertha head coach Ante Čović was able to celebrate a surprise point in his Bundesliga debut. "We know that, we realized that we have to have good moments in the game and survive, the 2-2 is okay, we like that," he said on ZDF.
"We should have scored the goals, had good chances and 11-0 corners and we were unlucky, that's how the games can go, but I'm confident," said Hasan Salihamidžić.
Bavaria commits Philippe Coutinho
Lewandowski made the first goal of the 57th Bundesliga season in the 24th minute after Serge Gnabry's input and scored for the fifth consecutive time in an opening game. The leadership of the record champion was highly deserved at this time, the more surprising was the turn until the break. With a Vedad Ibišević still deflected long shot made Lukebakio in the 36th minute for compensation. Three minutes later, Grujić even put Hertha in the lead, pulling the ball past Lewandowski for a penalty which the Pole converted to the final on video evidence (60 ').
On the second match day, the record champion travels to FC Schalke 04, the Berlin welcome the VfL Wolfsburg to a home game. A new hope for the Munich is Philippe Coutinho, whose commitment from Barcelona by lending sports director Salihamidžić confirmed shortly after the final whistle on ZDF. "We are happy to take the player to Bayern," said Salihamidžić. He is a top player, said Bayern coach Niko Kovač.