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Bayern opens Bundesliga season with win

August 9, 2013

BERLIN (AP) — Defending champion Bayern Munich kicked off the German season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach in coach Pep Guardiola’s first Bundesliga game Friday.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring with a deft flick from Franck Ribery’s pass in the 12th minute, Mario Mandzukic pounced to make it 2-0 4 minutes later, and David Alaba sealed the result with a penalty in the 69th, after Dante’s own goal had given his former teammates some hope in the 40th.

Despite the good start, Guardiola was unimpressed with his team after the break.

“In the second half, we had no control. It was counterattack, counterattack, counterattack,” Guardiola said. “We need a bit of calm. Important players like Basti (Schweinsteiger) and Javi Martinez need to train more. They haven’t trained much in the last two weeks.”

Bayern’s penalty was the second awarded for handball against the unfortunate Alvaro Dominguez in as many minutes.

Ter Stegen saved Thomas Mueller’s effort from the first spot kick, only for Tobias Welz to award another against Dominguez as he tried to clear the rebound, and Alaba made no mistake.


MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to draw 1-1 against 10-man Montpellier on Friday in the opening match of the French season.

Remy Cabella gave Montpellier a disputed 10th-minute lead as PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic appeared to be fouled in the buildup to the goal. Maxwell leveled on the hour mark to ensure new PSG coach Laurent Blanc avoided a loss in his first competitive game in charge.

Montpellier was reduced to 10 men when defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari was sent off for a second yellow card 18 minutes from time.

That incident came moments after PSG had introduced new signing Edinson Cavani and the Uruguayan, who was the top scorer in Italy last season, almost netted his first PSG goal two minutes later but his close-range header was blocked by the outstretched foot of Siaka Tiene.

Cavani was signed from Napoli for 64 million euros ($84 million).

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