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Rodriguez makes Bayern Munich debut as Ancelotti’s side win Telekom Cup

Date Posted,July 14, 2017

James Rodriguez made his first appearance in a Bayern Munich shirt as Carlo Ancelotti’s men retained the Telekom Cup following wins over Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim.

The Colombian joined the Bundesliga champions earlier this month when he signed a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid and made his debut as a substitute in the 1-0 semi-final against Hoffenheim.

A Robert Lewandowski goal was enough to seal a narrow win for the Bavarians before Rodriguez was handed a starting berth for the final against Bremen.

Playing in the number 10 role, the 26-year-old impressed as goals from Thomas Muller and Juan Bernat meant that Bayern won the trophy for the fourth time in five attempts.

The Colombian started Bayern’s first of a double-header on the bench (Image: REUTERS)
Bayern have yet another addition to their trophy cabinet (Image: REUTERS)

Thomas Muller was wearing the captain’s armband following the retirement of Philipp Lahm, while Corentin Tolisso also made his first appearance for the club.

Rodriguez left the Bernabeu following a frustrating campaign last season, when he was on the edges of Zinedine Zidane’s first team and was left out of the squad for the Champions League final.

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