Sinsheim (AP) – A beaming Sebastian Hoeneß briefly hugged the confused Hansi Flick. With TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the newcomer to the coach caused Bayern’s first competitive defeat in 2020.
Just over 60 hours after the victorious European Supercup final in Budapest, the Munich team conceded their first defeat since the 2-1 on December 7th in Mönchengladbach with the 1: 4 (1: 2) in Sinsheim. “At some point it was clear that it would be the case,” said Bayern coach Flick emotionless.
For coach Hoeneß, the nephew of Bayern honorary president Uli Hoeneß, the surprise was a special triumph. “It went as we imagined,” he said on Sky TV. “The team showed what they can do today.” After a somewhat difficult start, “we had a chest loosener with the first chance and then managed to stay dangerous over the course of the season.”
Flick only wanted to accept in part that his players were exhausted after the stress of travel and gaming over the past few days. “I don’t blame it on fatigue in general. We just didn’t manage to create chances in a determined and determined manner. We gave our opponents too easy scoring opportunities and were not powerful enough in attack,” he said.
Thanks to the better goal difference, Hoffenheim overtook the previous leaders FC Augsburg. “I would have preferred we were second. The topic is irrelevant to us,” said Hoeneß, “for us it will be important to let out the joy, to feel that we are really good at it.”
The 38-year-old had led FC Bayern II to the third division championship last season. Ermin Bicakcic (16th minute) and Munas Dabbur (24th) gave the Kraichgauer the lead. 6030 spectators in the Sinsheim stadium then saw Joshua Kimmich’s goal (36th). The outstanding Andrej Kramaric (77th) increased to 3: 1, rather he marked the 4: 1 final score with a penalty (90 + 2). “Above all, it is important that we have achieved an outstanding performance,” said Hoffenheim’s manager Alexander Rosen.
Three days before the German Supercup final against Borussia Dortmund, Munich remained weak and without ideas in the attack. Previously, the champions and Champions League winner was unbeaten in 21 games in a row. With this damper, Bayern also missed a league record of eleven cross-season away wins.
After a somewhat pomadic but superior initial phase of the Munich team, TSG used their first two chances ice cold: Bicakcic headed the 1-0 after a corner, Dabbur duped national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a jack after a mistake by Benjamin Pavard. The Bayern defense left the Hoffenheimers with undreamt-of loopholes: Christoph Baumgartner had the 3-0 on foot after just under half an hour, but the ball went over it. TSG had to do without their captain and head of defense Benjamin Hübner, and Bicakcic had to go out with a knee injury before the break.
Kimmich made it 1: 2, but Baumgartner and Kramaric gave TSG more good chances before the break. After the restart, Dabbur missed the 3: 1 twice. In the increasingly hectic game, the Munich team rubbed off in duels. Hoffenheim’s goalkeeper Oliver Baumann had far less to do in his 200th Bundesliga game than his counterpart Neuer.
Substitute Lewandowski and Goretzka also remained largely inconspicuous, while Hoffenheim continued to look for their chances – and use them. In the final phase came Kingsley Coman, who had ended his domestic quarantine because of a corona case in his private environment. But even the winger could no longer ensure the turnaround.