England captain Harry Kane scored and set up a goal on his Bundesliga debut as champions Bayern Munich recorded a thumping win at Werder Bremen.
Kane swept a low right-footed effort past home goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka from 15 yards to double Bayern’s lead.
He had earlier assisted the first of Leroy Sane’s two goals with a deft clip over the top inside four minutes.
Mathys Tel rounded off a comfortable victory for Thomas Tuchel’s side late on.
“I was a little bit nervous [and] excited to play the game of course,” Kane told broadcaster DAZN after the match.
“We started well with a goal in the first few minutes. For sure there were a few butterflies, but as always when I get on the pitch, instinct takes over.”
It was a fine evening for Bayern and the club’s record signing Kane, who arrived in Bavaria to great fanfare but had a disappointing start with a 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup.
Billed as the man to finally fill Robert Lewandowski’s boots over a year on from the prolific Poland striker’s switch to Barcelona, Kane expertly laid on the first goal for Sane.
His quick thinking sent the former Manchester City winger racing clear to roll a low effort into the bottom left corner.
A much-improved Bremen threatened after the break, but Kane dispatched the visitors’ second goal of the night, collecting Alphonso Davies’ precise pass before picking his spot and placing a low shot into the bottom left corner.
With Kane struggling with cramp, Bayern made several changes.
Substitute Thomas Muller teed up Sane’s second goal before Kane’s replacement, French teenager Tel, drove in a late fourth.
Early signs of the Kane effect
Bayern have won the previous 11 Bundesliga titles, but their points total of 71 last term, when they only just pipped a faltering Borussia Dortmund, was their lowest since 2010-11 when they finished third.
However, they have sought to remedy that close call with several new signings, including South Korea defender Kim Min-jae from Napoli.
Kane’s arrival has undoubtedly caught the imagination the most and provides the greatest cause for optimism they will be able to retain their domestic dominance while challenging again for the Champions League.
Prior to kick-off Tuchel had claimed the “Kane effect” would increase his team’s “chances of winning massively” and it is easy to understand why.
While England’s all-time top scorer was not at his sharpest, he still provided Bayern with a valuable focal point up front and interchanged superbly with the likes of Sane, Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala.
And despite being unable to convert several earlier opportunities to score, in trademark fashion he continued to drop deep, find spaces between defenders and finished unerringly when presented with the ball by Davies.
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Match ends, SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 4.
Second Half ends, SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 4.
Goal! SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 4. Mathys Tel (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alphonso Davies.
Mathys Tel (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Milos Veljkovic (SV Werder Bremen).
Attempt missed. Romano Schmid (SV Werder Bremen) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dawid Kownacki.
Goal! SV Werder Bremen 0, FC Bayern München 3. Leroy Sané (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Müller.
Foul by Matthijs de Ligt (FC Bayern München).
Niclas Füllkrug (SV Werder Bremen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alphonso Davies (FC Bayern München).
Marco Friedl (SV Werder Bremen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eric Choupo-Moting (FC Bayern München).
Dawid Kownacki (SV Werder Bremen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Matthijs de Ligt (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich with a cross.
Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Amos Pieper.
Attempt blocked. Mathys Tel (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Eric Choupo-Moting (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dawid Kownacki (SV Werder Bremen).
Attempt saved. Noussair Mazraoui (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Müller.
Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mathys Tel replaces Harry Kane because of an injury.