Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric has now scored five goals in the first two games of the 2020/21 Bundesliga after his brace against Bayern Munich. - © Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images
Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric has now scored five goals in the first two games of the 2020/21 Bundesliga after his brace against Bayern Munich. - © Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images
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Andrej Kramaric: MD2's Man of the Matchday and Hoffenheim's hero against Bayern Munich

Hoffenheim produced one of the Bundesliga's outstanding team performances to become the first side to claim victory over Bayern Munich in any competition in 2020 on Matchday 2, with Andrej Kramaric inspiring his club once again.

Kramaric's feet appear to have been itching for goals ever since he put four of them past Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the 2019/20 season back in June.

The Croatia international has not let the shortened break in between the old and new campaigns put a stop to his scoring fun, with the 29-year-old adding a hat-trick on the opening weekend against Cologne before hitting a brace in Hoffenheim's historic win over Bayern on Sunday of the 2020/21 season's second weekend.

"It was a perfect, amazing game," Kramaric told bundesliga.com after the full-time whistle. "It doesn't happen every day that you beat the best team in the world and I have to say, maybe you could see and feel that Bayern were a little bit tired today, but we took our chance.

"We were ready, we've been training at 100 per cent all week and we did it. I have to say we are really happy, an amazing performance not only from me, but from the whole team."

In doing so, Hoffenheim brought an end to Bayern's European record 23-game winning run, going unbeaten through 32 matches in total since a defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach back in December 2019. If any brave knight was going to step up to slay the Bayern beast, it was set up to be Hoffenheim's No.27.

Watch: Kramaric: "We had to be at 200% against the best team in the world"

Including that four-goal haul at the Signal Iduna Park, Kramaric has now scored 12 goals in his last five competitive outings for Hoffenheim. The former Leicester City forward leads the Bundesliga's scoring charts with five already in 2020/21, but remained composed post-game when asked about his side being top of the table with two wins from two to start the new campaign.

"We are happy but we have to improve," Kramaric declared. "We can play better. Today was better than last week but we have to train. We are a young team, we have potential. We can be even better."

While Kramaric was the headline-grabber, it was certainly a victory won by the entire Hoffenheim team. Centre-back Ermin Bicakcic got the opening goal, heading home from Dennis Geiger's corner before Munas Dabbur latched onto a loose ball back towards Manuel Neuer before chipping over the Bayern and Germany No.1.

In fact, Kramaric's strike partner told bundesliga.com after the game that he had envisioned scoring his sumptuous finish even before taking to the pitch on Sunday afternoon.

"Like everyone, I watch a lot of Bayern games," Dabbur said. "I watch and see how difficult it is to score against him. A lot of strikers try to put the ball at his feet where he is very good. In my head before the game I was trying to focus, I thought that if I had a one-on-one situation I would try the chip. Happily, I got the chance for a one-against-one and I'm happy that the ball goes in."

Kramaric scored his side's final two goals to take the game away from the defending champions, who had started with Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka on the bench following their return from UEFA Supercup victory over Sevilla in Budapest.

Watch: Dabbur: "I thought about a chip before the game"

Now Kramaric and his Hoffenheim side can look ahead to a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 3 as league leaders, before they play host to one of the Croatian's favourite opponents, Dortmund, one week later.

"We are getting to know each other, working hard to focus and to know what we have to do," the Croatian's partner-in-crime, Dabbur, concluded. "I'm sure we will make a lot of progress in the next weeks or so."