FC Bayern München continued their 100 per cent winning start to the Bundesliga season with a workmanlike 3-1 victory over Bavarian neighbours FC Ingolstadt 04 at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern fell behind to an early Dario Lezcano goal, but Ingolstadt's lead was wiped out barely four minutes later as Robert Lewandowski took his Bundesliga tally for the 2016/17 campaign to five with an audacious chipped finish following some quick thinking from midfield pair Arturo Vidal and Franck Ribery. Bayern ramped up their possession count, albeit without testing Ingolstadt goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, and were instead indebted to Manuel Neuer for foiling Australia international Mathew Leckie late in the half.
The half-time introduction of Douglas Costa provided the creativity Bayern's play had been lacking, however, and the defending champions duly took the lead five minutes into the second period when Xabi Alonso arrowed an unstoppable effort into the net from 20 yards. Neuer pulled off a sensational point-blank save from Leckie as Ingolstadt threatened an immediate equaliser, but after substitute Lukas Hinterseer shot agonisingly wide for the visitors, Bayern right-back Rafinha lashed in his first Bundesliga goal since April 2013 to make the win safe.
Carlo Ancelotti was without a number of first-team regulars through injury and illness, but still managed to put together a world-beating starting line-up. Are we looking at the strongest Bayern squad in the club's decorated history?
- Bayern have won all three of their Bundesliga meetings with Ingolstadt.Ingolstadt's opener was the first competitive goal conceded by Bayern in 2016/17.Lewandowski has scored in five successive competitive games for Bayern for the first time.
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Rafinha, Kimmich, Martinez, Bernat - Vidal, Alonso, Sanches (Thiago 61') - Coman (Costa 46') (Boateng 83'), Ribery - Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Ingolstadt: Nyland - Levels, Matip (c), Tisserand, Suttner - Groß, Roger - Leckie, Hartmann (Lex 71'), Morales (Hinterseer 63') - Lezcano
Coach: Markus Kauczinski