Darmstadt – FC Bayern München maintained their 100 per cent record this season after beating promoted side SV Darmstadt 98 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
SV DARMSTADT 98 0-3 FC BAYERN MÜNCHEN
0-1 Vidal (20’), 0-2 Coman (62’), 0-3 Rode (63’)
Having played in the UEFA Champions League during the week and with a tough fixture against VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday, Pep Guardiola fielded a much-changed team, handing Sebastian Rode, Joshua Kimmich and Kingsley Coman (pictured, l.) their first starts of the season. Bayern dominated nevertheless, and went in front through Arturo Vidal’s outstanding, swerving effort from the edge of the area.
Darmstadt did create a couple of decent chances though, with Marcel Heller and Dominik Stroh-Engel going close following excellent team moves. However, Bayern were just too strong and as the hosts tired midway through the second half, they took full advantage. Kingsley Coman slotted in his maiden Bundesliga goal following good work from Sebastian Rode, who made it 3-0 moments later to secure Bayern's fifth win from as many games.
Man of the match
While Bayern were dominant throughout they struggled to convert their pressure into goals, thus giving Darmstadt optimism to keep plugging away and look for an equaliser. That all changed in the second half though, when Rode’s dynamism and energy proved decisive as he first burst through to set up Coman, before killing the tie as a contest shortly afterwards with his first goal of the season.
In addition to the result itself, there was a welcome sight for FC Bayern fans at the Stadion am Böllenfalltor in the 66th minute. When the fourth official held up his digital screen to announce a substitution, a number appeared that had not been seen in a very long time: 8. It signalled the return of Javi Martinez, who has not made an appearance for the club since Matchday 31 last season after suffering injury. Welcome back, Javi!
- With a combined age of 24.9 years, Bayern’s starting line-up in Darmstadt was the youngest ever under Guardiola.
- As well as being his first Bundesliga goal for Bayern, Vidal’s strike was also the earliest Bayern have scored this season.
- Jerome Boateng won every single challenge he contested in this match (17).
Darmstadt: Mathenia – Garics, Sulu, Caldirola, Holland – Heller, Niemeyer (Rosenthal 69’), Gondorf, Rausch (Vrancic 77’) – Kempe, Stroh-Engel (Wagner 59’)
Bayern: Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng (Alonso 72’), Alaba, Bernat – Kimmich – Costa (Müller 68’), Rode, Vidal (Martinez 66’), Coman – Götze