Bayern Munich dazzle in new Bundesliga season

By Xinhua

Berlin : German soccer giants Bayern Munich gave a dazzling start to the Bundesliga crushing Hansa Rostock 3-0 with ease.

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Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose (2), the newly signed stars, shone Saturday to reward Bayern for its biggest-ever expenditure of nearly $100 million in new players.

Italian striker Toni, who cost Bayern almost 16 million dollars from Fiorentina, scored his first Bundesliga goal in the 14th minute.

Klose, another newcomer from Werder Bremen, broke through to the left and unselfishly crossed the ball for Toni to tap in as Rostock keeper Stefan Waechter came out to challenge him.

Top-scorer at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Klose followed up to slot home on 66th minutes, before adding his second in the 84th.

Bayern, who spent heavily on new players after a fourth place finish last season, were rewarded during its first match of the new season.

Apart from Toni and Klose, French midfielder Franck Ribery, who cost Bayern with a record transfer fee of 29 million dollars, was in superb form, while German defender Marcell Jansen was also solid in defence and quick in attack.

Last season’s runners-up Schalke 04 came away from a visit to defending champions VfB Stuttgart with a precious point after a 2-2 draw.

Schalke’s Georgian midfielder Levan Kobiashvili slotted the first goal of the new season but Stuttgart’s Sami Khedira scored before Mexican midfielder Pavel Pardo converted a penalty in the second-half to give the champions the lead.

But Schalke’s teenage super sub Ivan Rakitic scored just seven minutes after coming on to seal the draw.

Last season’s third place finishers Werder Bremen squandered a two-goal lead at VfL Bochum to settle for a 2-2 draw. Brazilian Diego in the 39th and summer signing Boubacar Sanogo in the 45th scored before the interval.

But Bochum were back on level terms four minutes after the break through strikers Stanislav Sestak of Slovakia and Dane Tommy Bechmann.

Hamburg started the new season with a 1-0 win over Hanover as Namibian international Collin Benjamin found the back of the net after 23 minutes for what proved to be the match winner.

Eintracht Frankfurt also opened their season with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin after Greek striker Ioannis Amanatidis struck with a header on 31 minutes.

Having been dumped out of the German Cup first round last week, there was nothing to separate Bayer Leverkusen and Energie Cottbus who drew goalless.

Arminia Bielefeld enjoyed a 3-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg with goals from Polish striker Artur Wichniarek, fellow forward Christian Eigler and defender Oliver Kirch.