WATCH: NEUER: "GET MUSIALA TO PLAY FOR GERMANY!"
BAYERN OVERPOWER HOFFENHEIM
Bayern's attacking class tells, but Neuer had a big hand in the leaders' fourth straight league win. They go 10 clear, ahead of Leipzig's meeting with Leverkusen.
The Bayern captain has no right to keep out Nordtveit's curling strike, but he does. Finger-tips of the highest order. How different the scoreline would have been without him...
Neuer shows why he's the world's best with a big, big save in front of Kaderabek. That frame is a huge - often insurmountable - obstacle for opposition players.
It's been all Bayern since that third goal. Costa and Choupo-Moting are also on for the league leaders - both are looking very lively.
SEVEN ON TARGET, FOUR GOALS
Teenager Jamal Musial also entered the fray, alongside Sane a few minutes back. Bayern in cruise control...
Pavard thrashes in substitute Sane's cut-back with aplomb, but it won't count. A VAR review shows Sane was in an offside position when he received the pass.
BAYERN STRIKE AGAIN!
Surely no way back for Hoffenheim. Müller pounces on a loose ball out from the back, and finds Coman. The Frenchman only has eyes for a killer forward pass. Gnabry is the gleeful recipient, and makes no mistake with his finish from close range.
Hoeness responds to falling two behind by throwing on Vogt and Kaderabek. Hoffenheim have been on the back-foot for a while, with Gacinovic - a midfielder by trade - looking particularly suspect up against Coman down the Bayern left.
Breathing space for Bayern. Coman hoodwinks Nordtveit and fires across goal for Lewandowski. Posch gets there first, but his clearance cannons off Baumann and into the path of Lewandowski to sweep in his 24th Bundesliga goal of the campaign. Gerd Müller had 18 at this juncture when he set the record for most single-season goals (40) back in 1972/72.
Roca goes into the book after catching Samassekou. He'll have to be careful from here on out. The Spaniard was sent off for two bookable offences in one of his previous eight games for Bayern, in the Champions League.
BAUMANN WITH THE SAVE
Coman goes on the outside of Adams, before flashing an effort at Baumann, who gets down well to put it behind. Kimmich's delivery comes to nothing, but Bayern are playing with real purpose right now.
Bayern are exposed again and indebted to Neuer, who stands up to thwart Baumgartner one-on-one. The Austrian gets on the end of Hoffenheim's next attack, but sends his first-time effort from Rudy's cross a good number of yards over the bar, under pressure from Pavard.
It's all going on in Munich. Bayern are still celebrating their second goal - a move started and finished by Müller following some clever footwork from Lewandowski - when Kramaric reduces the arrears with a fine first-time finish from Bebou's right-wing cross. Superb end to the half!
TURNING THE SCREW
Great play from Bayern as Gnabry plays Müller in behind the Hoffenheim defence. Nordtveit is there ahead of Lewandowski to cut out the ensuing pass, but the clearance is picked off on the edge of the box. Kimmich takes aim, forcing a sprawling save from Baumann.
The warning signs are there for Hoffenheim as Coman combines with Gnabry to test Baumann. The initial corner doesn't come to anything, but the defending champions refuse to relinquish the ball. Kimmich's next delivery finds Boateng, who sends an unstoppable header into the back of the net.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
WHAT. A. CHANCE.
Hoffenheim should be in front. Kramaric breezes past Pavard on the left-hand side, before flashing a wicked ball into the six-yard area. Bebou is all alone, but doesn't catch it as he'd like and sends his header wide. All he had to do was hit the target. Will TSG live to rue these missed chances?
Bayern with a sustained spell of possession in the Hoffenheim half. Coman goes past his man on the left and swings in a ball that's only half cleared. Davies collects and finds Müller, but his header back into the danger zone is fended away.
BAYERN DICTATING THE PLAY
OFF THE BAR!
We're getting closer to an opening goal in Munich! Coman floats a ball over to Müller, whose left-footed cross-shot cannons back off the bar. Lewandowski is onto it, but so too is Baumann, who's down to block at his near post.
Bebou's in behind the Bayern defence again, but Boateng recovers ground to cut out the cross ahead of Kramaric. Bayern go up the other end with Müller crossing for Kimmich, who loops a deflected effort into the arms of Baumann.
Hoffenheim with the chance for the lead as Baumgartner slips a smart ball into the box for Bebou. He only has Neuer to beat - which, as we know, is easier said than done - and so it proves. A classic Neuer save with an outstretched boot. Let-off for the hosts.
Bayern move the ball really well from left to right. Gnabry cuts in and pings a cross into the six-yard box, but a Hoffenheim shirt gets there first.
PASS AND MOVE
Bayern are enjoying plenty of possession in the early stages as Alaba aims a ball up towards Coman. It goes straight through to Baumann in the Hoffenheim goal, though.
Bayern are in their customary red; Hoffenheim are decked in a change strip of all white.
THE STAGE IS SET
Bayern beat Hoffenheim 6-0 away last season, but lost 2-1 on home soil. Sargis Adamyan was the unlikely hero, scoring a brace on his full Bundesliga debut. The Armenian is on the bench today. Die Kraichgauer's overall league record against the record champions is: W4, D5, L16. If TSG win today, they would become the first club since the 2010/11 season (Gladbach & Dortmund) to pick up six points against the record champions in one campaign.
KRAM THE MAN
Andrej Kramaric's return to form is a big part of Hoffenheim's improving run of form. The 29-year-old has hit back-to-back braces, and has now been involved in 14 of Hoffenheim's 28 league goals so far this season, scoring 12 - including two against Bayern on Matchday 2. He's also fresh off becoming the Bundesliga's record Croatian scorer, on 74 goals.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern could move as many as 10 points clear of the chasing pack with a win. Second-placed RB Leipzig are also in action against third-in-the-table Leverkusen today. A positive result for Hoffenheim, meanwhile, would extend their unbeaten run to five and push them a step closer to the top half.
Lewandowski joined Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among the only active players in world football to have scored 500 career goals with his brace in the 4-0 win over Schalke last weekend. With 18 games played, the Pole has struck 23 times, putting him well on course to break Gerd Müller's 40-goal single-season record of 1971/72.
THE HOENESS FACTOR
Hoeneß knows Bayern well, having spent a few years between the youth and U19 teams. He took over the newly promoted reserves in time for the 2019/20 3. Liga campaign, steering the club from 15th at Christmas to champions on the final day, thanks to an eye-catching haul of 43 points from a possible 57 during the second half of the season. So it's perhaps no wonder he was able to set up his Hoffenheim side to deliver such an emphatic win over his old employers back in September.
MORE ON BAYERN
With Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez unavailable, Marc Roca partners Joshua Kimmich in central midfield - the Spaniard's third Bundesliga appearance, and first start. Benjamin Pavard is recalled at right-back in place of Niklas Süle, while Alphonso Davies continues on the opposite flank. Ron-Thorben Hoffmann assumes the goal of back-up goalkeeper, after Alexander Nübel was ruled out for a month due to an ankle ligament injury.
MORE ON HOFFENHEIM
Sebastian Hoeneß names the same starting line-up that won 3-0 against Cologne last time out, with teenager Marco John continuing in midfield. Kevin Vogt and Florian Grillitsch are only fit enough for a place on the bench, but the game comes too soon for Tottenham Hotspur loanee Ryan Sessegnon.
BAYERN STARTING LINE-UP
Neuer (c) - Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies - Kimmich, Roca - Gnabry, Müller, Coman - Lewandowski
Hoffmann, Süle, Sane, Costa, Choupo-Moting, Sarr, Hernandez, Richards, Musiala
HOFFENHEIM STARTING LINE-UP
Baumann (c) - Adams, Nordtveit, Posch - Gacinovic, Samassekou, John - Rudy, Baumgartner - Bebou, Kramaric
Pentke, Kaderabek, Dabbur, Grillitsch, Belfodil, Vogt, Adamyan, Bogarde, Beier
Here you will find the most important information on the game between FC Bayern München and TSG Hoffenheim on Matchday 19 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.