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Hoffenheim were much better in the second half and took the game to Bayern, but overall the defending Bundesliga champions deserved all three points thanks to a composed and clinical display. 
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Chance for Hoffenheim!

Schulz bends in a teasing ball from the left, over the head of Hummels to pick out Szalai, but the Hungarian forward heads wide. 
<- Jérôme Boateng
-> Javier Martínez

Bayern counter

Kramaric doesn't catch a free-kick well, allowing the visitors to break forward once again. It comes wide to Gnabry on the right, but his attempted crossfield pass to the unmarked James at the back post is cut out. 

Game over

This is an absolutely delightful goal from Bayern. James dinks a clever pass over the top of the Hoffenheim defence to find Müller, who instantly volleys the ball back across the face of goal for Lewandowski to tap in from close range.

Robert Lewandowski


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Robert Lewandowski
substitutesJavier Martínez

Bayern half-chance

Lewandowski does brilliantly to bring down a high ball into the box. He heads it into the path of James, who skips past a defnder and shapes to shoot, but is blocked just as he's about to do so.
<- Adam Szalai
-> Joelinton
<- James Rodríguez
-> Thiago

Süle bossing it

Hoffenheim link up well around the edge of the Bayern box but just as Bittencourt looks to dart into space he is swatted off the ball by the man-mountain that is Süle.

On comes Gnabry

Bayern coach Niko Kovac reacts to the way the game is panning out by bringing on Gnabry for Coman, who has faded in the last quarter of an hour.
<- Serge Gnabry
-> Kingsley Coman

Chance for Hoffenheim!

Belfodil rises highest to meet a corner from the right but his header floats wide of the target. 

All to play for

Hoffenheim have the look of a team that now believe they can get something from the game. They're winning the tackles, closing down the spaces and not allowing Bayern near Baumann's goal. They haven't created any chances of their own in the last few minutes either, but with this self-confidence they'll keep plugging away. 
substitutesJoshua Kimmich
substitutesStefan Posch

Hoffenheim on the up

That goal has put the wind in Hoffenheim's sails and they're looking a lot more confident now and are getting stuck into tackles with much greater gusto. Bayern are not exactly struggling, but they certainly don't have the same swagger they had in the first half.

Hoffenheim reduce the deficit!

A belting goal from Schulz, who finishes off a counter-attack after collecting Bittencourt's pass, nodding the ball past Alaba and lashing a half-volley past Neuer from the edge of the box. A terrific hit!

Nico Schulz


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Nico Schulz

Alaba goes close again

Thiago wins a free-kick for Bayern about 35 yards out after he is fouled by Grillitsch. Alaba bends the set-piece goalwards, but Baumann is able to make the save.
substitutesFlorian Grillitsch
<- Dennis Geiger
-> Kerem Demirbay
<- Florian Grillitsch
-> Kevin Vogt

Much better from Hoffenheim

The hosts look like a different team now. Whereas in the first half they sat deep and didn't press Bayern on the ball, now they are pushing higher up the field and hounding the Bayern players as soon as they get the ball. THey've already had more chances in this half than they did in the first 45 minutes.

Another chance for Hoffenheim!

Thiago gets caught in possession by Bittencourt and suddenly Hoffenheim outnumber Bayern. Kramaric slides in Joelintin, whose first-time shot is blocked by Neuer. The rebound falls to Demirbay 10 yards out, but he opts for power over precision and blazes his shot over. 

Chance for Hoffenheim

Bittencourt finds a pocket of space on the edge of the Bayern box, but his curling left-footed effort is well saved by Neuer. 

Bayern go close

Goretzka robs Demirbay of the ball on the edge of the Bayern box and the visitors again launch a rapid counter. Müller charges forward into space on the right, but his attempted pass to Goretzka is just cut out and Hoffenheim can clear. 

First for Goretzka

Goretzka has scored a brace in the Bundesliga for the first time ever. Bayern absolutely dominated the first 45 minutes, with 14 shots on goal to Hoffenheim's three, while the had 60 per cent of possession and won 61 per cent of all tackles. 
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Killer blow from Bayern

A counter-attacking mastercalls form Bayern as they score within seconds of a Hoffenheim corner. Coman plays in Alaba down the left and his centre is turned in by Goretzka, who nets his second of the match. 
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Leon Goretzka


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Leon Goretzka

Hope for Hoffenheim

Kramaric releases Belfodil down the left this time and suddenly Hoffenheim look to be in. Belfodil sweeps a cross into the middle looking for the unmarked Belfodil, but Hummels clears again.

Chance for Hoffenheim

The hosts have a rare foray forward as Joelinton frees Schulz down the left. He whips in a cross to the near post and Kramaric is first to it, but he's just nudged by a well-timed tackles from Hummels and the ball flies harmlessly wide of Neuer's goal.

Bayern still pushing

Taking the lead has done nothing to quieten Bayern's appetite and they're still swarming all over their hosts. Müller finds acres of space wide on the right and bends a teasing ball into the middle, but it's just too far ahead of Lewandowski.


Coman whips in a cross from the left and after Lewandowski's initial header is saved by Baumann, Goretzka is on hand to turn in the rebound. It's no less than Bayern deserve, as they've been pushing ever since the opening minute.

Leon Goretzka


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Leon Goretzka

Next chance for Bayern

Lewandowski slides a pass into Kimmich's path on the right and the 23-year-old slides the ball across the six-yard box. Baumann is rooted to his line and it just needs a touch to go in, but Müller wasn't quite on the same wavelength and Hoffenheim breathe a sigh of relief. 

Bayern pressing

Goretzka feeds Müller wide on the right as Bayern continue to dominate the game, but the Germany international skews his attempted cross high into the stands.

Crucial save from Baumann

Martinez flicks on Kimmich's corner from the right and it causes havoc in the Hoffenheim box, as Lewandowski, Hummels and Müller all try to bundle the ball over the line from close range. However, the Hoffenheim custodian is live to the danger and smothers the ball.

Yellow for Vogt

Hoffenheim captain Vogt receives the first booking of the game after a tussle with Lewandowski. Bayern win a free-kick about 30 yards out in a central position. Alaba takes it, but it deflects off Joelinton in the wall and goes out for a corner. 
substitutesKevin Vogt

Bayern knocking on the door

Niko Kovac's side seem to be getting closer and closer to breaking the deadlock. This time Alaba floats a ball from left to right to Kimmich, who volleys the ball across the six-yard box. It's an inviting delivery but is just behind both Müller and Lewandowski, allowing Hoffenheim to clear their lines. 

Just wide from Müller!

Bayern's build-up is patient and they work the ball wide on the left to Alaba. He spies Lewandowski in the box and drills a cross into him, which the Polish forward does superbly to control. It drops into the path of Müller, who flicks and effort just wide of the post from a sitting position.

Feisty stuff

Joelinton and Kimmich aren't happy with each other after both go in hard into a tackle. Neither is hurt and the referee has a word to calm things down. They shake hands and the game continues. 

Another opening for Bayern!

Coman shifts his weight beautifully down the left to skip away from Posch. He tears into the box and pulls the ball back for Lewandowski, who shoots but sees his effort blocked. It's one-way traffic towards Baumann's goal right now.

Chance for Bayern!

Alaba scampers away down the left behind Kaderabek and lofts a high cross into the middle. Lewandowski is unmarked and takes it on the volley, but his effort goes narrowly wide.

Bayern on top 

Bayern are enjoying the lion's share of possession at the moment and pinning Hoffenheim back deep inside their own half. The hosts can't get any respite right now. 

Chance for Bayern

The first opening of the game falls to the visitors as Müller ghosts into the box unmarked to receive a long ball over the top. He heads the ball back to Lewandowski, who takes a touch to control it, but lashes his shot over the bar. 


Here we go! It's a fast-paced opening and Bittencourt sets the tone for the game with a heavy challenge on Kimmich, who dusts himeself off and gets back on his feet.


The players have shaken hands and are now stripped off and ready to go. Manuel Neuer and Kevin Vogt take part in the coin toss and now all the pre-match formalities are done, the game can begin!

Not long to go!

The teams are in the tunnel about to walk onto the pitch. We're minutes away from the action now!
If Bayern win today, midfielder Javi Martinez could set a new record by becoming the quickest player to reach 100 Bundesliga wins, in what is just his 120th league outing. Team-mate Arjen Robben currently holds the record, having needed 126 games to reach the century landmark.
Team news! Niklas Süle gets the nod in the Bayern defence ahead of Jerome Boateng, while fit-again Kingsley Coman starts on the wing, with both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery out injured. Winter signing Alphonso Davies is on the bench and could make his Bundesliga debut. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann - who takes charge of his 100th game for the club tonight - has opted for an attack-minded line-up, with forwards Ishak Belfodil, Andrej Kramaric and Joelinton all starting. There is no room in the squad for Reiss Nelson, while defender Ermin Bicakcic missed out through illness.
Welcome along to the match centre for the game Hoffenheim vs. FC Bayern from matchday 18 of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Check back here for full information on the match.