August 24, 2018 / 8:46 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer-Late goals hand Bayern season-opening win over Hoffenheim

BERLIN, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Champions Bayern Munich scored twice in the last eight minutes to beat visiting Hoffenheim 3-1 in the Bundesliga premiere on Friday and hand new coach Niko Kovac a winning league debut.

Thomas Mueller put the hosts ahead with a glancing header in the 23rd minute but Adam Szalai levelled with a fine low shot in the 57th for the fellow Champions League club.

In the 82nd minute Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski netted a penalty at the second attempt, after he had to retake his spot kick, and Arjen Robben fired in the third goal from close range in the 90th as Hoffenheim ran out of steam.

However there was some bad news for Bayern, who have won the last six Bundesliga titles, with midfielder Kingsley Coman taken off with what looked like an ankle injury. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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