Bayern Munich were at their dominant best in the German Bundesliga tonight as they defeated Hoffenheim 4-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Goals from Jerome Boateng, Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry secured all three points for the record Bundesliga winners against a Hoffenheim side who have often proven to be tricky customers to deal with. Andrej Kramaric’s goal for the away side proved to be mere consolation as the champions of Europe brushed aside their competition to register another win.
Jerome Boateng opened the scoring for Bayern in the 32nd minute when he climbed the highest in the Hoffenheim penalty area to head Joshua Kimmich’s delivery home from a corner kick.
His compatriot Thomas Müller doubled Die Roten’s advantage in the 43rd minute, as he was teed up by a very unselfish pass in front of goal from Robert Lewandowski. Andrej Kramaric pulled one back for the visitors only a minute later, when he volleyed the ball home past Manuel Neuer in goal. It was the Croat’s third goal against Bayern in the Bundesliga this season.
Lewandowski eventually restored Bayern’s two goal lead in the 57th minute, when he showed extraordinary poaching ability to tap the ball into the back of the net from the rebound, off a Kingsley Coman shot which was initially saved by Oliver Baumann. Serge Gnabry made it four for Bayern when Kingsley Coman found him in space in the 63rd minute, as he slotted the ball between Baumann’s legs to seal the victory for Bayern.
The win meant that Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings, as the Bavarian outfit are now seven points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s dominant side inflicted exact revenge on Hoffenheim for their 4-1 loss in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, as the 2019/2020 treble winners march on inevitably towards a eighth consecutive title win in the top flight of German football.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Roca; Gnabry, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski
Hoffenheim: Baumann; Adams, Nordtveit, Posch; Gacinovic, Rudy, Samassekou, Baumgartner, John; Kramaric, Bebou.
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