Hoffenheim 1-0 Bayern Munich
Goals: 1-0 Kramaric (21')
Only one word can sum up Hoffenheim's first-half display: Wow! The hosts high-octane game suffocated Bayern as the record Bundesliga champions, so used to dictating, were dominated. Three chances for the hosts in the opening ten minutes set the tone — Sven Ulreich saving the best of them from Nadiem Amiri — before Kramaric crashed home his fifth goal in as many games.
Had Robert Lewandowski made a cleaner connection with a Kingsley Coman cross, hitting the net instead of the crossbar with his close-range volley, Bayern would — undeservedly — have been level at the break. Oliver Baumann brilliantly denied the Poland international before the hour mark, and Franck Ribery then went close less than 60 seconds after coming off the bench, but even the Frenchman could not find the je ne sais quoi Carlo Ancelotti's men had been lacking all game.
Man of the match
Kramaric proved unplayable at times, particularly in the first half when the Croatia international capitalised mercilessly on some uncharacteristic Bayern errors.
The way Hoffenheim took the game to the record champions, particularly in the first half, was something few teams have managed to do in recent years. Are we seeing the emergence of a side that may challenge for the title in the future?
- Hoffenheim had never won in 17 previous meetings with Bayern.
- This marked the Sinsheim club's 200th Bundesliga game.
- Mats Hummels made his 250th top-flight appearance in the match.
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Toljan, Süle, Vogt, Hübner, Zuber - Demirbay (Schwegler 62'), Rudy (Terrazzino 75'), Amiri - Kramaric, Wagner (Szalai 62')
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Bayern: Ulreich - Rafinha, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba (Bernat 75') - Alonso, Sanches (Ribery 71') - Robben, Vidal, Coman - Lewandowski
Watch: Kramaric describes his "moment of inspiration" ...