Agency : The new Bundesliga began in an empty stadium on Friday with eight-time defending champion Bayern Munich routing Schalke 8-0 for a record in the league's opening match. And it should have been more. Germany winger Leroy Sane starred and scored on his Bayern debut and Jamal Musiala became Bayern's youngest ever goalscorer at 17 years, 205 days, but otherwise it was business as usual as they totally dominated and the visitors tried limiting the damage. Schalke's winless run stretched to 17 games, while Bayern extended its winning run to 22. Serge Gnabry scored a hat trick and Sane set up two of the goals. It was 3-0 by halftime and Bayern missed a host of chances. "Everyone was so hungry. We were all looking forward to the new start and we just wanted to attack," said Sane, a former Schalke player who joined Bayern from Manchester City in the offseason. The game took place without fans despite plans for 7,500 spectators to attend. A spike in local coronavirus infections forced authorities to row back. "It's a really big blow. We were really looking forward to our fans," Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said before kickoff. The team showed no ill effect from the supporters' absence, nor the short break of 26 days after winning the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain. It was the biggest opening night win since 2016 when Bayern routed Werder Bremen 6-0. Gnabry got the side off to a flying start in the fourth minute, taking Joshua Kimmich's pass from midfield, switching direction to elude Schalke captain Benjamin Stambouli, then unleashing a fine strike with his left boot inside the left corner. Robert Lewandowski almost made it 2-0 a minute later after being set up by Sane, but Sebastian Rudy managed to deflect the Poland striker's shot with his outstretched leg. Schalke managed to hold out until the 19th, when Leon Goretzka scored against his former side with Thomas Muller laying the ball back. Sane brilliantly set up Lewandowski shortly afterward, but the Poland striker fired over. Lewandowski finally got off the mark from the penalty spot in the 31st, after he'd been fouled by Ozan Kabak. Niklas Sule - a central defender - struck the post and Bayern missed other chances before the break, too.
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