BERLIN (AP) — After agreeing to signal Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, Bayern Munich was held to 2-2 by Hertha Berlin within the opening recreation of the Bundesliga on Friday.
Bayern’s incapability to interrupt down what regarded like a shaky Hertha protection aptly illustrated its want for a participant like Coutinho.
”We’re very completely satisfied that we are able to convey this participant to Bayern,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic advised broadcaster ZDF after the sport.
Robert Lewandowski scored twice for the seven-time defending champion, however Bayern did not benefit from its possibilities and can rue the setback after Hertha capitalized on two errors to attain twice in a three-minute interval.
”We must always have scored the targets. We had good possibilities and 11 corners to none. We had been additionally unfortunate. Video games can go like that however I am optimistic,” Salihamidzic stated.
Lewandowski didn’t have to attend lengthy earlier than opening his league account within the twenty fourth minute, sliding in to transform Serge Gnabry’s cross after Joshua Kimmich was given loads of area to surge by the center.
A rout regarded attainable as Hertha’s protection continued to look shaky, however membership file signing Dodi Lukebakio struck in opposition to the run of play within the thirty sixth for the guests, the Belgian’s shot from distance taking a giant deflection off Vedad Ibisevic’s again to provide Manuel Neuer no likelihood. Lukebakio scored a hat trick in opposition to Bayern whereas on mortgage at Fortuna Dusseldorf final season.
Marko Grujic surprised the house followers when he made it 2-1 three minutes later, successful a duel in opposition to Benjamin Pavard earlier than working onto a by ball from Ibisevic and rounding Neuer to attain.
”A bit shocking,” Germany coach Joachim Low stated of the halftime scoreline.
Bayern began the second half because it had the primary, earlier than VAR intervened after Grujic dragged Lewandowski’s shirt from behind and the striker fell.
Lewandowski dusted himself off to equalize from the spot on the hour mark.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac congratulated counterpart Ante Covic after making his league debut answerable for the guests.
”The two-2 is OK, we’re completely satisfied to take it,” Covic stated.
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