VFL Bochum 0 Bayern Munich 7: Sadio Mane scores twice and helps Bundesliga giants set new record in thrashing

    SADIO MANE scored twice as Bayern Munich thrashed VfL Bochum 7-0 to continue their perfect start to the season.

    The champions are two points clear at the top with nine points and have scored a league-record 15 goals in their opening three games despite losing Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona.

    Sadio Mane has scored four goals in four games for Bayern Munich

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    Sadio Mane has scored four goals in four games for Bayern MunichCredit: Getty
    Matthijs de Ligt scored his first Bayern goal

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    Matthijs de Ligt scored his first Bayern goalCredit: Reuters
    Julian Nagelsmann hopes his side can maintain their impressive performances

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    Julian Nagelsmann hopes his side can maintain their impressive performancesCredit: AFP

    Bayern stormed into a 3-0 lead inside 33 minutes against Bochum before Mane scored his first of the game shortly before half-time.

    There was more to come after the break too as Mane scored a penalty with former Arsenal ace Serge Gnabry rounding off the 7-0 landslide.

    Manager Julian Nagelsmann was delighted with his team’s performance and is hoping to maintain the impressive start.

    He said: “We are not setting ourselves any limit and are trying to deliver performances such as these as well.

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    “The energy currently in the team was not always there in such a way last season. That’s something very comfortable to know. In the second half we still tried to win the game and solidify our plays.

    “Every player played really well. It won’t be easy picking a team for next weekend.

    The visitors took a fourth-minute lead through Leroy Sane with their first attack of the game, and summer signing Matthijs de Ligt got off the mark for his new club with a 25th-minute header.

    Kingsley Coman made it 3-0 from close range and all but put the game beyond doubt, before Mane completed the first-half frenzy with his third goal of the season in all competitions – a low shot from a tight angle in the 42nd minute.

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    Bayern eased off the gas after the break, but the Senegal international added another with a penalty on the hour.

    Cristian Gamboa, under pressure from Sane, scored an own goal, piling further misery on the hosts – Gnabry then made matters even worse with a clinical finish that hit the post on its way in.

    Meanwhile title rivals Borussia Dortmund suffered a stunning defeat to Werder Bremen after conceding three goals from the 89th minute onwards to lose 3-2.

    Borussia Moenchengladbach are in second place on seven, along with Union Berlin and Mainz 05.

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