Bayern Munich’s bizarre series of victories has come to an end. After 23 victories in a row in official games, coach Hansi Flick’s team lost the Bundesliga game at 1899 Hoffenheim on Sunday with 4-1.
Zirkzee gets base place from Flick
The last time Bayern lost points was on February 9, when it was played 0-0 at home against RB Leipzig. The ‘Rekordmeister’ has since been unapproachable and won the national title, the DFB-Pokal, the Champions League and last Thursday also the European Super Cup.
Bayern’s previous defeat was on December 7 when Borussia Mönchengladbach was 2-1 too strong.
Last week, Bayern immediately took the lead by starting the Bundesliga season with an 8-0 victory over Schalke 04, but the national champion has now obviously lost that lead. Hoffenheim and FC Augsburg, which defeated Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (2-0), are on six points from two games.
Bayern’s busy schedule seemed to be breaking up against Hoffenheim. Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka got a rest in the PreZero Arena from Flick, who put Joshua Zirkzee in the starting line-up.
After sixteen minutes, Hoffenheim already took a 1-0 lead. Ermin Bicakcic headed in a corner and eight minutes later Munas Dabbur punished Benjamin Pavard’s loss of the ball (2-0). Joshua Kimmich narrowed the deficit to 2-1 by shooting the ball in through the bottom of the crossbar, which was also the halftime score.
Hoping to avoid the historic loss of points, Flick still brought Lewandowski and Goretzka and Zirkzee went to the side. That did not have the desired effect. In fact, via two hits from Andrej Kramaric, Hoffenheim ran out to 4-1. The Croat scored in the 77th minute and used a penalty kick in the extra time, making the victory even more sensational.
By the way, Bayern can already wash away the hangover of the loss on Wednesday, because the Flick team will play against Dortmund for the German Supercup in the Allianz Arena.
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