Bayern Munich launched its Bundesliga title defense with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday.
BERLIN (AP) – Bayern Munich launched its Bundesliga title defense with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday, though the Video Assistant Referee denied the champions a more emphatic victory in the season-opener.
Arjen Robben wrapped up the scoring in injury time, blasting the ball past Oliver Baumann after he was set up by Thomas Muller.
Muller had a goal ruled out by the VAR for using his arm, while Robert Lewandowski was ordered to retake an 82nd-minute penalty he had missed.
Robben converted on the rebound, but video showed the Dutch winger encroaching in the penalty area, so referee Bastian Dankert asked Lewandowski to take the spot kick again and the Poland striker made no mistake at the second attempt.
Watch the whole crazy sequence in which:— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) August 24, 2018
- Ribery draws a *very* questionable penalty call
- Lewandowski misses the PK
- Robben fires home the rebound but has the goal overturned via VAR
- Lewandowski converts the retaken PK
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Earlier, Muller scored the first goal of the season with a header from a corner in the 23rd minute.
Ghana defender Kasim Adams epitomized Hoffenheim's battling performance, while Brazilian forward Joelinton should have equalized with the team's only chance in the first half.
Lewandowski then thought he had scored early in the second half, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Adam Szalai shocked the home fans when he eluded Jerome Boateng and fired the ball in off the far post to level for Hoffenheim after 57 minutes.
The champions hit back, though, with their two late goals.