Sinsheim - Kevin Volland equalled the record for the fastest-ever goal in Bundesliga history, but it wasn’t to be for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as ten-man FC Bayern München came away from the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena with a last-gasp 2-1 win.
A misplaced back pass from David Alaba put the opening goal on a plate for Volland after just nine seconds, but it was all one-way traffic from thereon in. Oliver Baumann could only parry from Douglas Costa following a sustained spell of Bayern pressure, leaving Thomas Müller the simple task of tucking home from close range late in the first half.
Hoffenheim were up against it as Arturo Vidal rattled the crossbar from 18 yards, but two quick-fire yellow cards for Jerome Boateng presented the hosts with the chance to get their noses back in front from the penalty spot. Eugen Polanski struck the foot of the post from 12 yards, however, and despite being a man down, it was Bayern who took the points thanks to an injury-time strike from substitute forward Robert Lewandowski.
Clocking in at nine seconds, Volland’s opener equals the time set last August by Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi for the Bundesliga’s fastest-ever goal. Unlike die Werkself, however, Hoffenheim were unable to build on their early advantage, failing to register another shot on Manuel Neuer’s goal from open play all game.
Man of the match
Volland took his one chance with the touch of a seasoned veteran to put Hoffenheim in front. Despite feeding on scraps for the rest of the contest, the Germany Under-21 skipper will certainly have impressed Die Mannschaft head coach Joachim Löw, who was watching from the stands.
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Stats of the match
- Volland’s strike was the 48,683rd goal in Bundesliga history. It also represented the first time Bayern had conceded in the first minute of a Bundesliga game since beating Hoffenheim 2-1 on 21 September 2010.
- Bayern have now won their last 39 Bundesliga games in which Müller has been on the scoresheet.
- Bayern’s Götze has not scored in the Bundesliga since 14 February 2015.
- Lewandowski has now put ten Bundesliga goals past Oliver Baumann.
Quote of the match
Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim forward): "It was a gift. I was in the right place and was able to react to the misplaced pass."