Munich suffered their first defeat in over nine months at a furious TSG. At times a real thriller develops – the final decision is made shortly before the end.
Bad surprise for Bayern. The German record champions unexpectedly lost 4-1 (2-1) at TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday afternoon and thus suffered their first defeat since December 7, 2019 (2-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach). Ermin Bicakcic (16th), Munas Dabbur (24th) and Andrej Kramaric (77th, 90th + 2) scored for the team of former Bayern coach Sebastian Hoeneß, Joshua Kimmich (36th) could only score the interim goal.
“It went as we imagined,” said Hoeneß after the game at Sky. “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.”
Bayern coach Hansi Flick initially did without star striker Robert Lewandowski when he returned to his old place of work. Instead of the Pole, who initially sat on the reserve bench, the Dutchman Joshua Zirkzee played from the start.
Bayern were lucky early on
In front of 6,030 admitted spectators in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, the guests who had won the game in Sinsheim, which was overshadowed by insults against the Hoffenheim majority owner Dietmar Hopp 6-0 at the end of February, initially determined what happened, as expected. The Hoffenheim, whose new coach Sebastian Hoeneß had planned a lot before the duel with his ex-club, were waiting for the counterattack.
Bayern were lucky in the 11th minute. Referee Benjamin Brand (Unterspiesheim) interpreted a handball by the Munich central defender Jerome Boateng in his own penalty area as not punishable.
Shortly afterwards the luck of Munich was over. After a Dennis Geiger corner, Bicakcic hit with his head. A little later, Dabbur took advantage of the dropout of the French world champion Benjamin Pavard and expanded Hoffenheim’s lead.
Good counter chances for TSG
As a reaction to the two-goal deficit, Bayern risked a lot early on and exposed the defense. The Kraichgauer had such good counter-chances. However, the goal was marked by Kimmich – which caused Hoffenheim’s displeasure, as defender Bicakcic was injured on the ground at the time and had to go out shortly afterwards.
Even after that there was a lot going on. The Munich national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was only lucky to steer a shot from the Croatian vice world champion Kramaric into the stoppage time of the first half.
At the beginning of the second round it was Dabbur who left two big chances within a few seconds (51st). On the other side, Zirkzee could not execute (57th). A few seconds later he was replaced by Lewandowski. In addition, Leon Goretzka came for the very weak Pavard.
Although Bayern pushed for an equalization, the Munich team was tired. Completely unaccustomed to the lack of penetration in the offensive, the decisive passes often did not arrive. Top scorer Kramaric put the lid on with his fourth and fifth goals of the season – he set the end after a penalty for a foul by Neuer.