Bayern Munich routed a struggling VFL Bochum by seven goals, with summer arrivals Sadio Mane and Matthijs de Ligt getting on the scoresheet.
Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and an own goal from Bochum’s Cristian Gamboa completed the rout, and Sadio Mane got a brace while Matthijs de Ligt got his first goal in Bayern Munich colours.
If last season’s win over Bayern Munich was any reference point for Bochum, it was wiped clean by a starring performance from Julian Nagelsmann’s men. With their seven-goal haul, Bayern have made the best of starts to a Bundesliga season, scoring 15 goals in three games.
Sane opened the scoring with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box after some intelligent team play. Home debutant de Ligt then made it two with a precise header. Then it was Coman who got the third from close range, and before the half-time whistle blew, the Frenchman was able to create a fourth for Mane.
Coman was brought down inside the box around the 58th minute, resulting in a penalty, which Mane tucked home from 12 yards out. Then it was Gamboa who slotted the ball into his own net, thus piling on the already significant issues. Before there was any time to react, substitute Serge Gnabry scored the seventh with a low drive.
3️⃣ games, 3️⃣ wins 💯
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) August 21, 2022
The result sends Bochum to the bottom of the Bundesliga table and Bayern to the summit emphatically. Here’s how the Bavarians fared during the game.
Manuel Neuer: 7/10
A comfortable day for the Bayern Munich captain, who was sharp whenever called into action. Besides that, Neuer had a quiet time, watching his teammates run riot at the other end.
Benjamin Pavard: 6/10
An effective outlet from the right side, Pavard was a threat going into attacking zones and provided the support from the right-back role. He will be hoping for a consistent run of games from here on.
Dayot Upamecano: 6/10
Upamecano had little to do with holding a high line successfully. There were times when he was called into action at the back but nothing that would trouble him or his teammates vastly.
Matthijs de Ligt: 7/10
De Ligt was a doubt in the build-up to the game but made through the fitness test to win a starting berth. He also got his first goal for Bayern Munich with a precise header past the Bochum goalkeeper and will look to find a stable footing provided he keeps himself fit consistently.
— Matthijs de Ligt (@mdeligt_04) August 21, 2022
Lucas Hernandez: 6/10
Hernandez was in his stride when entering the final third. Like Pavard, he was a good outlet in the final third but very mindful defensively. He was active when called into action at the back and will be hoping to keep his form intact for the season ahead.
Joshua Kimmich: 8.5/10
Kimmich was Bayern’s orchestrator, as the midfielder kept hold of absolute control of the game and pushed his team ahead. There is no chance of getting past the energetic German international, and he is set to have a brilliant season as Bayern’s leading man.
Marcel Sabitzer: 6/10
Sabitzer is putting in decent performances, although his lack of cohesion with his fellow teammates is somewhat evident. While he remains a valuable outlet, it is only a matter of time before Goretzka gets fit and ready to play regularly in the Austrian’s position.
Kingsley Coman: 9/10
The man of the match in this clash, Coman put in a masterful performance, not only in the final third but in other aspects as well. He got his name on the scoresheet and was provided with two assists, representing a game of solid output from the Frenchman.
Kingsley Coman's game by numbers vs. Bochum:
86% pass accuracy
10 touches in opp. box
9 duels won
7x possession won
3 chances created
— Squawka (@Squawka) August 21, 2022
Thomas Muller: 6/10
It was surprising not to see Muller’s name being more prominent in such a high-scoring game. The attacking midfielder was involved in many forward actions and proved a good outlet for his teammates. However, these are clashes where he would have liked to have been involved more.
Leroy Sane: 8/10
Like Coman on the right side, Sane was a constant threat for Bochum to contain. The German international scored a sensational opener in this clash and set the tone for Bayern Munich to secure a mammoth victory.
Sadio Mane: 8/10
Two goals from Mane to take his Bundesliga tally to three goals in as many games. The former Liverpool attacker has taken to life in Bavaria rather quickly and is getting to a new level in his new surroundings.
Sadio Mane is already tearing up the Bundesliga 🦁 pic.twitter.com/fE1hWegYr3
— GOAL (@goal) August 21, 2022
Josip Stanisic: 6/10
Stanisic was afforded plenty of time on the pitch as Bayern cruised to a victory. The Croat did a fine job in place of Hernandez and will be happy with the experience.
Ryan Gravenberch: 6/10
Gravenberch replaced Sabitzer and provided some level of control in midfield, as there was not any real danger to contain for Bayern.
Noussair Mazraoui: 6/10
Mazraoui does look like a decent signing and quality cover for Pavard, who he replaced during the game.
Serge Gnabry: 7/10
Gnabry had a good impact after coming on, as he got Bayern’s seventh goal of the game.
Gabriel Vidovic: 5/10
The 18-year-old got some valuable minutes under his belt and will do more for his confidence.