Bayern win at Hoffenheim as Bundesliga resumes
Bayern win at Hoffenheim as Bundesliga resumes
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Bayern win at Hoffenheim as Bundesliga resumes

Bayern Munich kept Borrusia Dortmund on their toes with their 3-1 win over Hoffenheim at PreZero Arena as Bundesliga resumed from the winter break.

Before this game, Hoffenheim was unbeaten in 10 Bundesliga games (W4 D6) – the best current run in the division.

Bayern Munich almost got an opener at Hoffenheim in the 11th minute when Alaba picked Lewandowski with a precise cut-back. Lewandowski’s effort got out by inches and the Bayern center-forward did not succeed in convincing the referee award them a corner as he claimed the ball deflected off a defender before going out.

Muller was teed up by a lively Aalab in the 19th minute but the German international was unlucky as he swept the goal out wide from the near post. At this juncture, it was all Bayern as the defending champions asked relentless questions of Hoffenheim backline.

Baumann saved his team with a quick dive that saw him clear from the line after his defenders failed to clear from a Bayern corner. Hummels, Muller, and Lewandowski were all lurking around dangerously before Baumann made the save in the 28th minute.

The Bavarians got their opening goal in the 34th minute after Alaba, who had been involved largely in the visitor's attacks picked Lewandowski who was denied by Baumann but the keeper could not save from the rebound as Goretzka just tapped in from close range.

Brace for Goretzka 

Goretzka doubled the Bavarians lead in the first minute of added time before halftime after Bayern broke through in a counter attack. Alaba, the man that gave Hoffenheim no breathing space swung a cross that was met by Goretzka with a slide that was enough to double the lead.

Schulz pulled one for the hosts a minute before the hour mark with a clever chip and an assist from Bittencourt. Joelinton was an important figure too in the process that led to Hoffenheim’s first goal.

Lewandowski got into the score sheet three minutes to the end of the regular minutes with Muller turning the assist provider. Neuer had denied the hosts an equalizer just before the visitors gathered and got them on the counter-attack.

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BAYERN (4-5-1): Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Mats Hummels, David Alaba; Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Kingsley Coman; Robert Lewandowski.
 
SUBS: James Rodriguez, Rafinha, Sven Ulreich, Jerome Boateng, Serge Gnabry, Renato Sanches, Alphonso Davies.
 
 
HOFFENHEIM (3-4-3): Oliver Baumann; Kevin Vogt, Stefan Posch, Benjamin Hubner; Pavel Kaderabek, Leonardo Bittencourt, Kerem Demirbay, Nico Schulz; Andrej Kramaric, Ishak Belfodil, Joelinton.
 
SUBS: Dennis Geiger, Nadiem Amiri, Joshua Brenet, Kasim Adams, Alexander Stolz, Adam Szalai, Florian Grillitsch.

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