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Après son match nul inaugural face au Hertha Berlin, le Bayern Munich s’est nettement repris et a signé une victoire nette ce samedi sur le terrain de Schalke 04 (3-0). Un succès qui porte la griffe de Robert Lewandowski, auteur d’un triplé. Quatre Français étaient titulaires côté bavarois, Philippe Coutinho a fait ses débuts.

Le champion se rebiffe. Huit jours après avoir dû cravacher pour obtenir le point du nul à domicile contre le Hertha Berlin (2-2), le Bayern Munich a montré un visage bien différent samedi pour la deuxième journée du championnat d’Allemagne. Et c’est Schalke 04, dans la Veltins-Arena de Gelsenkirchen, qui en a fait les frais. Les Bavarois s’y sont imposés avec autorité (3-0).

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Sur un penalty obtenu par Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski a ouvert le bal (20e). Puis, d’un coup franc direct, le Polonais a doublé la mise en seconde période (50e). Et après un service d’un excellent Coman, le buteur du Bayern a inscrit un triplé (75e). Robert Lewandowski compte déjà cinq buts en deux rencontres de Bundesliga cette saison.

Il y avait une touche française dans ce match. Certes, les Allemands étaient majoritaires au coup d’envoi puisqu’ils étaient cinq (Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich et Serge Gnabry). Mais les Français étaient quand même quatre à débuter : Lucas Hernandez pour son premier match avec le Bayern, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso et Kingsley Coman. Michaël Cuisance, lui, était sur le banc mais n’est pas entré en jeu. L’entraîneur Niko Kovac a, par contre, donné à Philippe Coutinho ses premières minutes en tant que Bavarois. Le Brésilien, prêté par le Barça, est entré en jeu à la 57e à la place de Müller.

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Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush really needs to make a trip to the South Shore soon and drive over the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

After making five saves in the Impact’s 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon at Saputo Stadium, Bush said he has yet to see the giant billboard the Impact put up beside the bridge that has him appearing to have his feet in the St. Lawrence River while wearing his Impact goalkeeper’s kit and protecting the bridge in the background with the words “ALLEZ MTL”. It really is cool and it’s part of the Impact’s much-improved marketing plan under new team president Kevin Gilmore.

“I knew it was coming,” Bush said about the billboard. “I knew the marketing campaign. There’s going to be other ones throughout the course of the year, I’m sure. Myself, Sam (Piette), Nacho (Ignacio Piatti), Maxy (Maximiliano Urruti) and I think Bac (Bacary Sagna), we had a photo shoot early in the season. The idea and the marketing campaign around that is quite cool. I haven’t seen the billboard yet. I don’t go to the South Shore often. At some point, I’ll drive by and probably take my kids and kind of show them because it’s a cool thing. The poster’s cool.”

The Impact improved their record to 3-2-2 with Saturday’s win in front of 18,634 fans in their home opener. Harry Novillo scored the game’s only goal in the 55th minute and Bush recorded his third straight shutout after 0-0 ties against New York City FC and DC United. The three straight clean sheets came after a 7-1 blowout loss to Sporting KC.

“I think it was just kind of a freak of a day in Kansas City because otherwise we’ve given up four goals in six games,” Bush said. “So if you look at it that way, that game was just kind of the blip in the radar, the outlier — if you will — as opposed to being truly who we were.”

The Impact played their fourth straight game without their best player, Ignacio Piatti, who is sidelined with a knee injury. Piatti led the Impact with 16 goals last season and Novillo’s goal provided a big confidence boost for the Impact, proving they can score without their star player on the pitch.

“Piatti is a big piece in this team,” Novillo, who signed with the Impact last December, said after scoring his first goal with the team. “To take his position is a big responsibility. I’m trying the best that I can to fill the gap and trying to help the team as maximum as I can with the quality that I have. It’s sure 100 per cent we’re missing him. We’re missing him really bad and we just hope that he’s going to be back with us as soon as possible.”

Coach Rémi Garde said Piatti’s status will be re-evaluated in the coming week. The Impact play again next Saturday against the Union in Philadelphia.

In an interview with TSN 690 Radio’s Tony Marinaro on Friday, Gilmore said Piatti is “probably the best player you’ve never heard of in MLS” and added “making Nacho more of a household name is a box I’ve got to check. It’s definitely on the list.”

One thing the Impact hasn’t done a good enough job at is making their players known around the city. The billboard of Bush is a giant step and the goalkeeper said he’s starting to get recognized more now.

“But I’m also the longest tenured guy,” Bush said. “I’ve been here for nine years, so it would be kind of strange if I wasn’t noticed occasionally. With Kevin, one of his main things is for us to be more noticeable and to be more involved. Not necessarily just in the community with helping out and stuff like that. That’s certainly part of it. But just being more visible all around the city, not just in certain pockets. I don’t know what the visibility is like on the South Shore, but on the West Island, where I live, it’s kind of hit and miss. If we can spread out the visibility all over the island and off the island throughout the Greater Montreal area, I think it will only be good things for the club.

“Kevin sat down with the whole team at one point and then myself, Sam and Nacho. We are kind of the liaison, if you will, between the team and Kevin. He’s a very easily approachable guy. He’s been on the road with us just about every game. He’s an easy guy to talk with. He’s got a great vision. And you can tell the way he talks about his vision that it’s going to come true and he’s motivated to do it.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of things, for sure.”

A win in the home opener can only add to that excitement.