Davies a win­ner in his Mu­nich de­but

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DUES­SEL­DORF, Ger­many — Cana­dian in­ter­na­tional Alphonso Davies’ de­but for Bay­ern Mu­nich came with a tro­phy.

The 18-year-old hoisted the Telekom Cup in a sea of con­fetti Sun­day af­ter help­ing the Ger­man pow­er­house to a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach in the fi­nal of the four-team com­pe­ti­tion held dur­ing the Bun­desliga’s win­ter break.

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.

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.

“Red suits you, @Alphon­soDavies,” Bay­ern tweeted.

Davies joined Bay­ern from the Van­cou­ver White­caps in a MLS record-break­ing $22-mil­lion US 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 ad­vance to the fi­nal while Borus­sia Monchenglad­bach downed Hertha Ber­lin 1-0. Re­nato Sanches was the only Bay­ern starter from the semi­fi­nal to keep his place Sun­day.

Davies has made nine ap­pear­ances for Canada with three goals and four as­sists.

He was 15 when he made his MLS de­but, be­com­ing the sec­ond youngest player in league his­tory.

The Bun­desliga re­sumes this week with Bay­ern play­ing Hof­fen­heim on Fri­day.

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

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Alphonso Davies of Bay­ern plays in the Telekom Cup 2019 Fi­nal on Sun­day in Dues­sel­dorf, Ger­many. Bay­ern claimed a 4-2 penalty shootout win.

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