New Season, Same old Bayern Munich, Despite the departure of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, it seems that it is not felt in any way or at least for the first match of the season with Bayern Munich going all spartan on Eintracht Frankfurt as they walloped the side 6-1 in the first match of the 2022/2023 Bundesliga season with a brace from Jamal Musiala and one each from Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard and a debut goal for new boy Sadio Mané completing the rout with a Kolo Muani goal the consolation for the home side.

The Berlin Derby came in early as Union Berlin squared off versus Hertha Berlin in a heated match that saw Union Berlin win 3-1 with goals from Theoson Siebatcheu, Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche earning the home side 3 goals with the only goal for Hertha Berlin coming from Dodi Lukebakio. Borussia Mochengladbach started off their season with a 3-1 home victory over TSG Hoffenheim, despite being on the back foot first with a goal from the away side through Robert Skov, they managed to enter the break level with a strike from Ramy Bensebaini, the second half was accompanied with more attacking display from Mochengladbach who ensured two more goals from Marcus Thuram and Nico Elvedi put the game to bed.

Wolfsburg and SV Werder Bremen began their season with a 2-2 draw in a match that saw Lukas Nmecha and Josuha Guilavogui scoring for Wolfsburg and Lukas Fullkrug and Leonardo Bittencourt scoring for Bremen to earn them a point in their first away game of the season. A double from Karim Onisiwo ensured Mainz saw off new boys VFL Bochum in a 2-1 away win for the side, Kevin Stoger had equalised for Bochum after they had fallen behind early in the game but were still condemned to defeat with a Onisiwo second half brilliance. SC Freiburg began their season in emphatic fashion with a commanding 4-0 away win over Augbsurg with Michael Gregoritsch, Vincenzo Grifo, Matthias Ginter and Ritsu Doan making sure they finished Matchday 1 as second on the standings.

The biggest match of the opening Matchday fixtures saw Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen square off in a match that failed to live off to expectations as Borussia Dortmund battled to a 1-0 win courtesy of Marco Reus in a heated encounter that also saw an Exequiel Palacios goal for Bayer Leverkusen disallowed.

RB Leipzig first match of the season saw them head to VFB Stuttgart and last season’s prolific goal scorer Christopher Nkunku picked off from where he left off as he fired the away side into a lead but they were pegged back by Mohamed Ahamada who ensured going into the break the scores were level, the second half saw both teams failing to find the target and they settled for a 1-1 draw in the end. The last game of Matchday 1 pited FC Koln and Schalke 04 who returned from relegation in what promised to be an exciting match, a first half saw no goals from both teams but a red card to Schalke 04 player Dominick Drexler and a disallowed goal for Schalke 04 proved to be the major highlights of the first half. The second half lit up with fireworks as expected with Koln capitalising on the red card and went 2-0 up thanks to goals by Lucas Kilian and Florian Kainz, Schalke 04 showed good fighting spirit when they got a goal back through Marius Bulter but that proved to be only a consolation goal as Koln added 1 more through an own goal by Alexander Schwolow to ensure the match ended 3-1.

Total Goals Scored – 33

Total Yellow Cards – 31

Total Red Cards – 3

Most Goals scored by a team – Bayern Munich (6 goals)

Most goals scored by a player – Jamal Musiala (FC BAYERN MUNICH – 2 goals), Kevin Onisiwo (MAINZ 05 – 2 goals)

Matchday 2 awaits as the quest to see if a new champion is crowned or if Bayern Munich would make it a dozen of consecutive titles especially with the departure of experienced striker Robert Lewandowski.


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