In a battle between two of the Bundesliga’s unbeaten sides, league leaders FC Bayern München and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim both preserved their unblemished records following a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena.
FC Bayern München 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim set out to stifle their hosts with a fast-paced pressing approach that worked to great effect in the opening exchanges. Chances were at a premium, but that did not prevent the visitors converting their first shot on goal with Kerem Demirbay slamming home a thunderous first-time effort from Nadiem Amiri’s cutback. Bayern increased the pressure after falling behind, but despite lacking a clinical edge in the final third were lent a helping hand when Steven Zuber put Douglas Costa’s cross into his own net, sending the sides in level at the break.
The intensity in proceedings did not wane after the restart, but Bayern moved the ball with more proficiency and a greater sense of purpose, pinning Hoffenheim inside their own half. Nevertheless, the record titleholders struggled to carve out clear cut chances and had to wait until the dying minutes to go closest to a winner in the second half, but with both Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller hitting the post, the visitors held on for a thoroughly-deserved point.
Both sides unbeaten starts to the season remain intact after a thrilling encounter, but it is Hoffenheim who will be far the happier. This was the closest they have ever come to beating Bayern and, in their biggest test this season, Nagelsmann’s charges have once again proven there are not to be underestimated.
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Rafinha, Boateng (Alaba 82’), Hummels, Bernat – Alonso – Thiago, Vidal (Müller 69’) – Robben (Coman 78’), Costa – Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Süle, Vogt, Hübner (Bicakcic 46’) – Kaderabek, Zuber – Rudy (c) – Demirbay, Amiri (Rupp 57’) – Wagner, Kramaric (Vargas 71’)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann