Bayern Munich’s 23-match winning streak ends with Hoffenheim defeat

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Stefan Posch (Getty Photos)

European champions Bayern Munich suffered a primary defeat for 10 months when their 23-match successful run was ended by a shock Four-1 Bundesliga loss at Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Hoffenheim raced right into a 2-Zero lead with early targets by defender Ermin Bicakcic and striker Munas Dabbur.

Though Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern a lifeline simply earlier than the break, Croatia worldwide striker Andrej Kramaric netted a second-half aim and transformed a late penalty.

The shock win left Hoffenheim prime of the desk whereas defending champions Bayern are within the uncommon place of seventh after two matches.

It was the primary time Bayern have misplaced below head coach Hansi Flick in any competitors since happening 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on December 7, 2019.

“Compliments to Hoffenheim, they lower out our house and gave us few possibilities,” stated Flick, who bristled at repeated questions on his crew’s drained show.

“We simply could not handle to take our possibilities or play with our normal depth.”

Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeness is the nephew of Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeness and left Munich’s reserves in July to take over at Hoffenheim.

“We put into practise every part we had labored on, we had been dominant from the start, managed to all the time be harmful and defend effectively, so I’m not shocked by the end result,” stated Hoffenheim coach Hoeness.

Bayern regarded drained, exhibiting the consequences of being taken to further time within the UEFA Tremendous Cup on Thursday earlier than beating Sevilla 2-1 in Budapest.

“We should not neglect that Bayern performed 120 minutes 4 days in the past, however we put in an awesome efficiency,” added Hoeness.

The loss brings to an finish Bayern’s run of 23 consecutive wins, a report for a membership in one in every of Europe’s 5 most important leagues, surpassing Actual Madrid’s 22 straight between September and December 2014.

‘Concentrate on Dortmund’

With Robert Lewandowski rested forward of Wednesday’s German Tremendous Cup showdown at dwelling to Borussia Dortmund – the possibility to win a fifth title in 2020 – his 19-year-old understudy Joshua Zirkzee struggled to spark Bayern’s assault.

“We are going to tick off this match and concentrate on what we will do higher on Wednesday,” added Flick.

Hoffenheim took full benefit of Munich’s lethargy with Bicakcic giving them the lead on 16 minutes when he out-leapt Corentin Tolisso at a nook and headed previous Manuel Neuer.

The hosts doubled their lead when Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard tried to snuff out a counter-attack, however his move rolled into the trail of Israeli striker Dabbur, who held his nerve to chip the ball over Neuer on 24 minutes.

It was the primary time Bayern have been two targets down since they misplaced 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in November 2019, a defeat which price Flick’s predecessor Niko Kovac his job.

Kimmich gave Bayern a lifeline with shot from the sting of the realm on 36 minutes, however Hoffenheim might have been Three-1 up at half-time as Kramaric clipped the crossbar earlier than the half-time whistle.

Flick responded by beefing up his facet by bringing on Lewandowski and central midfielder Leon Goretzka for Zirkzee and Pavard on 57 minutes, however to no avail.

Kramaric made positive of the win when he completed a counter-attack with a surprising strike on 77 minutes and slotted the ensuing penalty in added time when Neuer introduced down substitute ahead Ihlas Bebou within the space.

Freiburg are fifth within the desk, two locations above Bayern, after their 1-1 draw at dwelling to Wolfsburg as Nils Petersen’s early aim for the hosts was cancelled out by an equaliser from Wolves’ Croatia midfielder Josip Brekalo.

Schalke sacked head coach David Wagner on Sunday morning within the wake of their Three-1 defeat at dwelling to Werder Bremen, which left them winless of their final 18 league video games. 

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