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Bundesliga: Bayern wins with help from VAR, Leipzig loses opener

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Bayern Munich began their title defense with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen after being awarded a penalty thanks to the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

Bayern, who were missed a host of key players, were still able to lead 2-0 by half-time thanks to goals from debutants Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso, but were placed under pressure by Leverkusen early in the second half.

However, their star striker Lewandowski appealed for a penalty against the run play, a request that was fulfilled after referee Tobias Stieler consulted the VAR system which has been recently introduced to the German top flight.

Initially unsure, Stieler awarded a spot-kick after consulting the video referees who were based in Cologne, which the Polish striker converted to make it 3-0.

Leverkusen then got a consolation goal through Admir Mehmedi, who lashed in a 20-yard drive, but it was not enough to stop Bayern, who have now won 18 and drawn five in their home stadium at the Allianz Arena since losing to Mainz in March 2016.

Elsewhere, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Schalke 04.

Nabil Bentaleb started Schalke’s win by converting a penalty just before the break, while Yevhen Konoplyanka did the rest, curling home in style to seal the victory.

Arsenal wards off major interest to sign Sead Kolasinac

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Schalke 04’s Sead Kolasinac will be the first to join Arsenal in the transfer window this summer after agreeing personal term and a medical at the Emirates.

Kolasinac has made near to 130 senior appearances for Schalke since joining from Stuttgart in 2011 and is likely to become a regular in the Arsenal defence next season.

Although a defensive player, Kolasinac, 23, has been involved in eight goals this season — twice as many as in his first four Bundesliga seasons combined.

His move will represent something of a coup for Arsenal as major clubs such as AC Milan, Chelsea, Everton, Juventus and Manchester City have all expressed interest in Kolasinac.

Arsene Wenger has been looking to reinforce the Gunners defense after frequent exposures of a lacking back line this season. The importing of Kolasinac into the fold of the Premier League would is a sign of his first step in doing so.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international will move to London on a free transfer his contract at Schalke expires on June 30. He was in England two weeks ago for a sponsorship event and underwent medical tests during his short trip.

While Wenger insisted in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City that no deal had been agreed for Kolasinac, other reports claimed that the defender will become an Arsenal player once his contract with Schalke expires this summer.

Schalke defender Joel Matip to join Liverpool

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Schalke defender Joel Matip to join Liverpool

Joel Matip will be leaving Schalke 04 and the Bundesliga on free transfer at the end of season to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

German-born Matip, 24, is part of Scalke since 9, emerging from the same youth system that hosted him and his former teammates, Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer.

The centre back have the physique to fit in the Premier League and is known to step forward to a holding midfield role. His ability to break-up play and recycle possession rapidly would reinforce Liverpool’s occasionally chaotic defense.

Matip said: “I have always said I would say goodbye to Schalke for only one reason: to get acquainted with something completely new.”

“Therefore, a change within the Bundesliga never came into consideration for me.”

“Schalke will remain a big family for me,” he added.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that Liverpool saved millions by sealing the deal, but otherwise indicated that the team would not have a mass recruitment drive in the summer.

Bayern fans scuffle leads to arrests, leaves many injured

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Fans were made to wait before the game.

Impatient Bayern Munich fans allegedly left many injured, some seriously when they attempted to storm Schalke’s stadium on Saturday.

The scuffle, branded as an “extremely violent attack” by police took place as access to the stadium had been severely delayed because of body searches at the gates in the aftermath of last week’s attack on the Stade de France in Paris.

Fans had been advised to arrive earlier for the game because of the increased measures.

Gelsenkirchen police say in a statement “only a swift and consequent intervention by police forces prevented worse. Several dozen from this violent group of people are being held.”

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club distances itself “in every form from these so-called supporters of our club.”

Rummenigge adds “violence cannot and should not ever be tolerated. It’s absolutely inexplicable to me and to all of us how someone, especially now after the terrible events in Paris, can be so lacking in respect for society and football.”

Rummenigge also apologised to Schalke and the victims.

Bayern Munich defeated Schalke 3-1 during their visit on Sunday as they progressed unchallenged on top of the Bundesliga.

Supporters of second-division Bochum were also involved in the rioting, police said.

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