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Robert Lewandowski strikes again for Bayern Munich against Hoffenheim

Robert Lewandowski's 10th Bundesliga goal of the season helped Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to a routine 4-0 win over Hoffenheim.

Bayern Munich 4-0 Hoffenheim
Goals: 1-0 Gnabry 16' (assist: Musiala), 2-0 Lewandowski 30' (assist: Müller), 3-0 Choupo-Moting 82', 4-0 Coman 87' (assist: Upamecano)

Absent due to illness, Julian Nagelsmann must have been dancing round his living room at Bayern's performance. Lewandowski set the tone with a dinked effort just wide of Oliver Baumann's far post, before Serge Gnabry had a goal ruled out for a foul in the build-up against teenager Jamal Musiala. The Germany international's next effort stood, though, with Musiala again the provider for a clinical finish through the goalkeeper's legs. Lewandowski raised the bar with a quite sensational 20-yard strike after Thomas Müller had wrestled a long ball off Bayern loanee Chris Richards. Only Baumann's outstretched leg denied the leading Ballon d'Or candidate his second late in a decidely one-sided first half.

Bayern didn't play with quite the same level of intensity after the restart, but still created chances through Musiala and Marcel Sabitzer - the midfield pair firing wide with long-range attempts after Hoffenheim's Ihlas Bebou had crashed a volley wide. A mix-up at the back involving Benjamin Pavard almost let in Hoffenheim substitute Robert Skov, but Dayot Upamecano was able to scramble clear. Georgino Rutter scooped over from Skov soon after as the visitors enjoyed an encouraging spell of possession, only for a Bayern late show to extinguish all hopes of a Hoffenheim comeback. Substitute Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting turned in following a corner and Corentin Tolisso had an effort chalked off, before fellow sub Kingsley Coman's emphatic finish rounded out another gala display from the Bundesliga leaders.

Match stats

  • Bayern have scored a Bundesliga record 33 goals after nine rounds of fixtures.
  • The record champions have also scored at least one goal in a European record-extending 85 competitive games in a row, including 56 in the Bundesliga.
  • Lewandowski has beaten Oliver Baumann more times (18) than any other goalkeeper in the Bundesliga. He is currently the division's leading scorer on 10 goals.
  • Manuel Neuer recorded his 300th Bundesliga victory. The only other player in league history ever to break that landmark was Oliver Kahn (310).
  • Gnabry has scored six times after nine matchdays. Never before has he found the net as often at this juncture in a Bundesliga season.
  • Richards has made 19 senior appearances for Hoffenheim, compared to 10 in a Bayern shirt.

Watch: Lewandowski on Ballon d'Or hopes

Line-ups

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez (Süle 46'), Richards - Sabitzer (Tolisso 76'), Kimmich - Gnabry (Sane 76'), Müller (Choupo-Moting 65'), Musiala (Coman 70') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Früchtl, Sarr, Nianzou, Stanisic
Out: Davies (thigh), Goretzka (cold), Ulreich (knee)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann 

Hoffenheim: Baumann (c) - Posch, Grillitsch, Richards - Akpoguma (Rutter 26'), Samassekou (Rudy 57'), Geiger (Stiller 83'), Raum - Bruun Larsen (Skov 57') - Bebou (Adamyan 82'), Kramaric
Unused subs: Pentke, Dabbur, Gacinovic, Vogt
Out: Baumgartner (not included), Bicakcic (knee), Hübner (back), John (shoulder), Kaderabek (ankle)
Coach: Sebastian Hoeneß

Watch: Toppmöller: "We were in constant contact with Julian Nagelsmann"