So often Bayern Munich’s bogey team of late, Hoffenheim took an early two-goal lead at the Allianz Arena only to see Robert Lewandowski, Jerome Boateng, Kingsley Coman ,Arturo Vidal and Sandro Wagner score to secure a 5-2 win for the record champions.
Goals: 0-1 Uth (3’), 0-2 Gnabry (12’), 1-2 Lewandowski (21’), 2-2 Boateng (25’), 3-2 Coman (63’), 4-2 Vidal (66’), 5-2 Wagner (90')
David Alaba was restored to Bayern’s starting line-up after a recent illness and stung Oliver Baumann’s gloves inside the first minute with a shot from range, but it was Hoffenheim who took the lead, with Mark Uth stroking home his 10th goal of the season after Sven Ulreich had parried a Serge Gnabry penalty which the Bayern-owned forward had earned. Gnabry got his moment in the sun soon after, capitalising on some poor Bayern defending to lash home from outside the box. The game was turned on its head inside the half-hour, though. First Lewandowski turned in Joshua Kimmich’s speculative attempt from under Baumann’s nose; and then Boateng headed Arjen Robben’s in-swinging beyond Baumann for 2-2.
Uth looked busy at the start of the second half, and would have been clean through on the Bayern goal had Gnabry not over-hit his through-ball. At the other end Coman carved open some space for himself but failed to find an unmarked Robben, lurking at the back post. The Frenchman made amends soon after, though, picking up on Lewandowski’s delightful chipped through-ball before steering a shot into the far corner, and Bayern made sure of the result when Vidal headed home another Robben corner or 4-2. Late substitute Wagner then added gloss to the scoreline in the last minute, forcing home Rafinha's cross with the final act of the game.
- Lewandowski has scored in each of Bayern’s 10 home games in the Bundesliga this season.
- Uth’s opener was his third goal in two games against the champions.
- Bayern are unbeaten in their last 32 Bundesliga home games, the club's longest run since moving to the Allianz Arena in 2005.
- The Bundesliga's youngest coach, Hoffenheim's Nagelsmann (30), met the oldest, Bayern's Heynckes (72).
- Niklas Süle, Sebastian Rudy and Wagner all joined Bayern from Hoffenheim this season; whilst Gnabry is on loan at the Sinheimers from the champions.
- Vidal’s goal was his sixth in the Bundesliga this term – his best German top-flight return since scoring 10 with Bayer Leverkusen in 2010/11.
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich (Wagner 85'), Süle, Boateng (c), Alaba – Tolisso (Müller 64'), Rudy, Vidal – Robben (Rafinha 77'), Lewandowski, Coman
Unused subs: Starke, Ribery, James, Bernat
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Früchtl (foot), Thiago (thigh), Hummels (ill), Martinez (knock)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Bicakcic (Akpoguma 46'), Vogt (c), Hübner (Kramaric 67') – Kaderabek, Rupp (Amiri 59'), Geiger, Zuber – Grillitsch, Gnabry – Uth
Unused subs: Stolz, Schulz, Zulj, Szalai
Absentees: Kobel (cold), Akpoguma (bruising), Demirbay (thigh)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
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