Hoffenheim ends Bayern Munich’s 32-match unbeaten campaign.
Bayern Munich’s unbeaten campaign was brought to a halt on Monday, the 28th September 2020 by TSG Hoffenheim with a huge 4-1 loss to the Sinsheimers. The defeat came less than 72 hours after they had defeated Sevilla 2-1 to lift the UEFA Super Cup and the question that has been pondering in fans’ minds is if it was the effort they had put to defeat the Spanish side in extra-time that had caused them to the loss in Sinsheim.
But the team’s captain – Manuel Neuer refused to attest to this; he said: “There are no excuses. We know we’ve got a game every few days this year, so we can’t talk about being tired but just accept it.” The team had aimed to add to their previous record of 11 straight wins away from home in the Bundesliga before the reverse caught up with them. Hoffenheim proved their proficiency again as been the only German club to have beaten the Munich champions more than any other club since 2017 and they also have the record of being the only club to have scored more than 2 goals in one game since Hansi Flick’s 38 matches being in charge of Bayern.
Hoffenheim’s coach Sebastian HoeneB was one of those that wasn’t surprised by the result his team had against the European champions. The manager showed a great level of confidence in his potentials and his team through the conversation he had with the media after the match was played.
Interestingly, HoeneB has a great connection with Bayern Munich; he is a fan of the club, his father – Dieter HoeneB has at a point in time played for the Munich giants; scoring 145 goals in 302 appearances and winning 5 league titles with the club in the 1980s. Sebastian uncle – Uli is also a three-time European Cup winner with the club and a man of great record in building Bayern into what the club is at the moment. Sebastian happens to be the first of the HoeneB’s family to have opposed Bayern Munich as a coach and that wasn’t just the case, he also presently has the record to have ended their unbeaten campaign as a coach in his second Bundesliga match.
The 5-3-2 formation used by Sebastian in competing against Bayern really yielded a good result despite Bayern being the one with the highest percentage of possessing the game. The team was very disciplined to utilize every moment they crossed the half-way line in pressing the Munich-side. They took the lead in the 16th minute with Ermin Bicakcic’s header from a corner, this made Bayern press forward in an attempt to balance the game but another Hoffenheim’s goal came in the 24th minute through Munas Dabour.
The German champions were able to score their only goal in the 36th minute through Joshua Kimmich’s effort. In the second half of play, Andrej Kramaric gave the Sinsheimers a further lead by making it 3-1 in the 77th minute and in the 92nd minute, he scored a penalty to make it a brace for him and seal-up a 4-1 victory for the club.