Created on 25-08-2012 at 00:00 AM
Bayern made the winning start they wanted to the 50th Bundesliga season on Saturday after patiently drawing the sting from aggressive top flight debutants Greuther Fürth and striking clinically when the opportunities arose, Thomas Müller, Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben scoring the goals in a hard-earned but ultimately comfortable opening day victory.
The 18,000 full house packed into the reconstructed Trolli Arena saw the well-organised and physical home side restrict Jupp Heynckes’ men to a handful of chances until Müller poked home to break the deadlock two minutes from half-time. With the hour approaching, Robben accelerated clear and Mandzukic scored for the third game in a row to double the lead, before the Dutchman himself netted the third with a curling drive 12 minutes from time.
It means little at this stage, but the win puts Bayern top of the embryonic standings on goal difference, although three fixtures are still to come on this matchday. More importantly, the result is FCB’s third victory on the trot in meaningful matches this term, following the successes in the Supercup and DFB Cup first round.