Canada’s Alphonso Davies a winner in Bayern Munich debut

DUESSELDORF, Germany — Canadian international Alphonso Davies made his debut for Bayern Munich on Sunday, helping the German powerhouse to a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final of the Telekom Cup.

The tournament format featured a 45-minute half, followed by penalties if needed. Bayern’s Mats Hummels scoring the winning penalty, slotting it into the middle of the goal.

James Rodriguez, Brazil’s Thiago and Leon Goretzka also scored in the shootout for Bayern.

The 18-year-old Davies started on the left side of midfield and showed some nice early touches, at one point taking a pass and flicking it past a defender.

Davies went down late in the game on Andreas Poulsen’s challenge but no penalty was given.

Davies joined Bayern from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a MLS record-breaking US$22-million transfer deal that will see him play for the German side through 2023. The deal was consummated in July but Davies finished out the MLS season before joining Bayern in January.

Bayern won the tournament without scoring a goal in regulation.

Bayern beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 8-7 on penalties to the advance to the final while Borussia Moenchengladbach downed Hertha Berlin 1-0. Renato Sanches was the only Bayern starter from the semifinal to keep his place Sunday.

He was 15 when he made his MLS debut, becoming the second youngest player in league history — behind Freddy Adu — and the first born in the 2000s.

The Bundesliga resumes this week after the winter break with Bayern playing Hoffenheim on Friday.

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Bayern held a weeklong training camp in Doha before the 10th edition of the Telekom Cup, which it has won five times.

Bayern travelled to Duesseldorf without the injured Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Corentin Tolisso.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac also handed starts to 19-year-old South Korean Woo-yeong Jeong and 18-year-old German left back Alexander Lungwitz.

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