Kane scores on Bundesliga debut in Bayern victory

Harry Kane scores
Harry Kane joined Bayern Munich for an initial 100m euros (£86.4m) plus add-ons from Tottenham this summer

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.


Werder Bremen

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Pavlenka
  • 5Pieper
  • 13Veljkovic
  • 32Friedl
  • 14LynenBooked at 56minsSubstituted forGroßat 68′minutes
  • 8WeiserSubstituted forBurkeat 59′minutes
  • 6StageSubstituted forKownackiat 79′minutes
  • 10BittencourtSubstituted forSchmidat 68′minutes
  • 3JungSubstituted forOpitzat 79′minutes
  • 11Füllkrug
  • 7DuckschBooked at 20mins


  • 9Kownacki
  • 17Njinmah
  • 20Schmid
  • 23Rapp
  • 24Burke
  • 28Gruev
  • 30Zetterer
  • 35Opitz
  • 36Groß

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Ulreich
  • 40Mazraoui
  • 2Upamecano
  • 3Kim Min-jaeBooked at 55minsSubstituted forde Ligtat 68′minutes
  • 19Davies
  • 6Kimmich
  • 8GoretzkaSubstituted forLaimerat 79′minutes
  • 10Sané
  • 42MusialaSubstituted forMüllerat 84′minutes
  • 11ComanSubstituted forChoupo-Motingat 84′minutes
  • 9KaneSubstituted forTelat 84′minutes


  • 4de Ligt
  • 5Pavard
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 25Müller
  • 27Laimer
  • 38Gravenberch
  • 39Tel
  • 41Krätzig
  • 43Hülsmann

Felix Zwayer


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