Joshua Zirkzee scored on his first start for Bayern Munich in their 6-0 win over Hoffenheim, which was marred by a strange end to the game.

After the injury to Robert Lewandowski in midweek, Bayern coach Hans-Dieter Flick decided to hand 18-year-old Dutchman Joshua Zirkzee a start up front. The striker had already netted twice in three substitute appearances.

The game got off to a dream start for Zirkzee as he played Thomas Muller through in the second minute and the forward squared for Serge Gnabry to score. Then Joshua Kimmich made it 2-0 in the seventh minute.

Zirkzee then made it a dream first start as he fired in a third after a good move in the box to make it 3-0.

Bayern continued to cruise and by the 62nd minute it was 6-0 with Phillipe Coutinho netting a double, while Leon Goretzka got the sixth.

However, the game was then halted after Bayern Munich fans unveiled an offensive banner in protest to Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp. After the Bayern players pleaded with the fans, the banner was removed but it reappeared before the end of the game.

The game then ended in bizarre fashion as the two sets of players decided to run down the last 13 minutes by passing the ball to each other in a show of support to Hopp. The German FA will investigate the incident but the result is not in doubt.

Zirkzee played the full ninety minutes and will be very happy with his performance.

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