Bayern Munich’s unbeaten streak in 32 matches in all competitions has ended in a 4-1 defeat at Hoffenheim, also halting a streak of 14 consecutive Bundesliga wins. (Other Football News)
Hansi Flick’s men were taken to extra time before winning the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on Thursday, but in Sinsheim three days later the champions were far from their best as they missed the chance to claim a streak of 11 consecutive Bundesliga away wins.
Hoffenheim were far ahead of Bayern in the first half, with the visitors arguably fortunate to be only one goal behind at the break as Joshua Kimmich pulled one back after Ermin Bicakcic and Munas Dabbur put the hosts 2-0 up.
Joshua Zirkzee, who began to give Robert Lewandowski the chance to rest, hit the crossbar early in the second half, although it only provided a momentary boost when Andrej Kramaric put the result outside Bayern by two goals in the last 13 minutes to inflict the team’s first defeat. champion since December, and with a bold style.
Perhaps still recovering from their exploits on Thursday, Bayern looked very sluggish from the start and Hoffenheim deserved to take the lead when Bicakcic glanced at home from Dennis Geiger’s corner delivery.
The shock wasn’t enough to jolt Bayern into life and eight minutes later they were 2-0 down – Benjamin Pavard accidentally threw Dabbur into the net as he tackled Christoph Baumgartner, and the Israeli striker lifted a shrouded chip over Manuel Neuer.
Bayern survived two scares before capitalizing on Kimmich’s beautiful 20-yard effort which hit the crossbar in the 36th minute.
Hoffenheim’s intensity remained impressive after the restart and they went close to twice in succession through Dabbur from the start.
Bayern almost took advantage of that leeway when Zirkzee hit the crossbar from a sharp angle just before being replaced by Lewandowski, as Flick tried to force a problem.
That change failed to bring the desired improvement and Hoffenheim restored their two-goal lead through Kramaric, who held off Jerome Boateng after receiving Ihlas Bebou’s pass and sweeping the bottom left corner.
A determined run from Bebou then resulted in Neuer stumbling in the area, allowing Kramaric to seal a stunning win from the penalty spot.
What does it mean? Bayern gets an early wake-up call
Bayern crushed Schalke 8-0 in their first game of the season, but it’s fair to say this may be a bit of a warning – it might even come at the right time, potentially guarding against future gratification.
After all, it was a dismal display from Bayern, who managed only four shots on target in the full game – half the number recorded by Hoffenheim – despite ending the match with 72 per cent of ball possession.
Kramaric and Dabbur were the inspiration
Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeness, the nephew of former Bayern player and president Uli Hoeness, deserves credit for choosing to start with two strikers against the Bavarians when he might be tempted to stay. The two of them impressed and caused the visitors endless trouble.
Kramaric ended the match with eight shots and two goals, while Dabbur scored one goal in four attempts, also making two key passes.
Sane fell flat
While there are plenty of issues to highlight with Bayern’s defense, they are not much better in attack. Leroy Sane tries to make the breakthrough at times but is generally disappointing – only one of his three shots has hit the target and he only provides one key pass.
Bayern must forget this immediately, as another trophy will be up for grabs on Wednesday when they take on Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup, before returning to league action at home to Hertha Berlin four days later. Hoffenheim next play at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
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