Sinsheim (AP) – A radiant Sebastian Hoeneß briefly hugged the confused Hansi Flick. With TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the newcomer to the coach caused Bayern Munich’s first competitive defeat in 2020.
Just over 60 hours after the victorious European Super Cup final, the Munich team admitted their first competitive defeat in 2020 with a 1: 4 (1: 2) at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The last time the record champions were in the Bundesliga on December 7. Lost 1: 2 in Mönchengladbach.
For Hoffenheim’s new coach Hoeneß, the nephew of Bayern honorary president Uli Hoeneß, the surprise was a special triumph. “It went as we imagined,” said Sky TV. “The team showed what they can do today.” After a somewhat difficult start, “we had a first chance breast unloader and managed to remain dangerous throughout the season.”
Thanks to the better goal difference, his team overtook the previous table leaders FC Augsburg. “I would have preferred that we were second. The topic is irrelevant to us,” said Hoeneß, “it will be important for us to express the joy, to feel that we are really good at it.”
The 38-year-old led FC Bayern II to the championship in the third division last season. Ermin Bicakcic (16th minute) and Munas Dabbur (24th) gave the Kraichgauer the lead. 6030 spectators in the Sinsheim stadium then saw the goal of Joshua Kimmich (36th). The excellent Andrej Kramaric (77th) rose to 3: 1, but he marked the final 4: 1 score with a penalty (90 + 2). “It is especially important that we have put in an excellent performance,” said Alexander Rosen, manager of Hoffenheim.
Three days before the German Super Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, Munich remained weak and without ideas on the attack. Previously, the champion and Champions League winner was unbeaten in 21 games. With this downer, Bayern also missed a league record of eleven cross-season away victories.
After a somewhat pomadic but superior initial phase of the Munich team, TSG took advantage of the 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 unprecedented 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 captain and defender Benjamin Hübner and Bicakcic was injured before the break.
Kimmich managed to make it 1: 2, but Baumgartner and Kramaric missed even more good opportunities for TSG before half time. After the restart, Dabbur twice missed 3: 1. In the increasingly hectic game, the Munich team rubbed off in duels. Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann had much less to do in his 200th Bundesliga game than his counterpart Neuer.
Substitutes Lewandowski and Goretzka also remained largely inconspicuous, while Hoffenheim continued to look for – and take advantage of – his opportunities. In the closing stages came Kingsley Coman, who had ended his quarantine at home due to a corona case in his private area. But even the winger couldn’t turn things around.