Corentin Tolisso's second Bundesliga goal of the season helped Jupp Heynckes' Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win against the ten men of Hamburg and sent the reigning Bundesliga champions level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the standings.
Hamburg 0-1 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Tolisso (52')
Red card: Jung (39')
Undeterred by the fact they had shipped 63 goals in their previous 15 meetings with Bayern prior to this encounter, HSV started on the front foot, Andre Hahn testing goalkeeper Sven Ulreich with a testing drive from range. The visitors, meanwhile, struggled to find any consistent flow and looked at their most menacing whenever Arjen Robben gained possession. Bayern’s captain for the day provided the guile that led to his side’s best chance of the first half, a darting run followed by a shot into the side-netting. Kingsley Coman’s subsequent attempts to race free were halted by Gideon Jung’s sliding foul, for which the 23-year-old was shown a straight red card.
With Thomas Müller replacing James Rodriguez - selected to start for the first time under Heynckes - at the break, Bayern quickly hit their stride and went close through Arturo Vidal’s defected shot. The reigning champions came again, this time David Alaba providing a searching centre from the left that caused tremendous confusion among Hamburg’s defence. Müller took advantage, poking to Tolisso who scored his second of the season from close range. HSV quickly rallied, Hahn’s sumptuous, high curler producing a smart tip over from the flying Ulreich. Thiago hit a post while Robben fired straight at Christian Mathenia as Bayern turned the screw, but in the end, Tolisso's solitary goal proved enough.
Man of the Match
Robben schemed, tricked and jinked his way through this encounter in typical fashion and although he spurned two fine chances to register his third Bundesliga goal this season, the 33-year-old – Bayern’s third captain this term – was nonetheless an outstanding presence at the Volksparkstadion.
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- Tolisso's only other Bundesliga goal this term came during Bayern's Matchday 1 win against Bayer Leverkusen.Hamburg have now conceded 64 goals in their last 16 meetings with Bayern.HSV have scored only one of their six goals this season at home.The Red Shorts last beat Bayern in September 2009 (1-0).Lewandowski currently sits joint-twelfth in the Bundesliga's all-time scoring charts on 160 Bundesliga goals. Current Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is next on the list on 162.
Hamburg: Mathenia - Papadopoulos, Mavraj, Van Drongelen (Ito 76') - Diekmeier, Jung, Sakai, Douglas - Hahn (Kostic 76'), Hunt (Holtby 62') - Wood
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Bayern: Ulreich - Rafinha, Süle, Hummels, Alaba - Vidal, Tolisso, James (Müller 46') (Thiago 55') - Robben, Lewandowski, Coman (Kimmich 90+3')
Coach: Jupp Heynckes