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Bayern Munich wins game dedicated to Beckenbauer as Bundesliga returns

Bayern Munich pays tribute to Franz Beckenbauer with a 3-0 win over Hoffenheim, as Jamal Musiala scores twice and Harry Kane starts 2024 with a goal.

Bayern Munich honored the legendary Franz Beckenbauer before their 3-0 victory over Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Friday. The game was dedicated to Beckenbauer, who passed away at the age of 78. The team paid tribute to him with a "Thank you, Franz" display on the stadium and by wearing his No. 5 on their jerseys. As a World Cup winner and a coach, Beckenbauer's legacy was celebrated throughout the soccer world.

The match was significant as it marked the first Bundesliga game and the beginning of 2024, making it a fitting win for Bayern, where Beckenbauer spent most of his playing career. The club is set to host a memorial service in honor of Beckenbauer next week. The players all warmed up wearing Beckenbauer's number, and it was Jamal Musiala who shone during the game, scoring two goals.

Musiala's first goal came from a corner routine in the 18th minute, followed by a second goal in the 70th minute, showcasing his skill and talent. Hoffenheim briefly threatened Bayern's lead, but a red card for Grischa Prömel dashed their hopes of a comeback. Harry Kane sealed the victory with a goal in the 90th minute, further solidifying Bayern's position in the standings.

The win placed Bayern second in the standings, just one point behind Bayer Leverkusen. The team also welcomed Eric Dier, who was signed on loan from Tottenham to bolster their defense. The game was a testament to Beckenbauer's lasting influence and impact on Bayern Munich and the world of soccer.

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