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Franck Ribery's unbelievable dive in Bayern 3-1 Hoffenheim was somehow missed by VAR

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The Bundesliga kicked off on Friday evening as champions Bayern Munich hosted Hoffenheim.

Bayern who are considered 1-6 favourites to win the trophy for the seventh season in a row are now playing under Niko Kovac, who took over from Jupp Heynckes this summer.

Kovac, a former Bayern player, was the coach at Eintracht Frankfurt last season and, in his final game there, defeated his future employers in the final of the DFB-Pokal.

Bayern got the first goal of the Bundesliga season through Thomas Muller - a close-range header from a corner.

But things were level again midway through the second half as Adam Szalai equalised for Hoffenheim with a nice solo effort.

With a little under ten minutes to go, however, Bayern were given the opportunity to get back in front from the penalty spot when Franck Ribery won a penalty for a foul by Havard Nordtveit.

Although that's doing Ribery far more justice than he's owed - it was an absolutely outrageous dive.

As soon as he got into the penalty area, Nordtveit went to ground and Ribery flicked the ball over him - that's fair enough and you can see he was trying to win a penalty - but the problem was that the Hoffenheim man was nowhere near him, resulting in Ribery launching himself into the air with absolutely no contact.

But you have to see it to really appreciate it, so check it out below:

As if that wasn't enough of a farce, the Bundesliga has VAR, and yet this was still inexplicably given.

But Bayern can go further than that with the ridiculousness: Robert Lewandowski missed the penalty and Arjen Robben smashed in the rebound, only he was penalised for encroachment.

Usually, you'd expect a free kick to be given, but three Hoffenheim players had also encroached, resulting in a re-taken penalty that Lewandowski scored this time.

Needless to say, watching fans were not happy:

Bayern eventually went on to win the game 3-1 as Robben finally got his goal in stoppage time.

The champions are off to a winning start - but it won't have earned them any more love in Germany.

Topics:
Football
Niko Kovac
Haavard Nordtveit
Adam Szalai
Thomas Muller
Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski
Franck Ribery
Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben

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