Bayern Munich suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon, as Niko Kovac's side slipped up following their demolition of Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in midweek.
Hoffenheim took a surprise lead early in the second half, Sargis Adamyan beating Manuel Neuer at his near post with a lovely finish. Robert Lewandowski equalised for the hosts with 17 minutes to play, as the Polish international headed home a wonderful cross by Thomas Muller.
Adamyan restored the away side's lead late on, finding a pocket of space in the area and firing beyond Neuer to give
Key Talking Point
It's fair to say, Bayern were expected to really build on their incredible victory over Spurs in midweek, when they destroyed the North London club 7-2. However, their performance was incredibly poor on Saturday afternoon, and the players seemed tired following their European endeavours.
Bayern Münich beats Tottenham 7x2 away in the midweek.— André Noruega (@AndreOstgaard) October 5, 2019
Today they lose 2x1 at home to Hoffenheim.. pic.twitter.com/gkNy7u0YXY
Bayern failed to dictate the pace of play, and their opponents grew into the game, eventually pegging the hosts back. The Bundesliga champions' midfield was sloppy in possession, and a mistake in the middle handed Hoffenheim the lead. Der FCB eventually fell to a shock defeat, and Kovac will be concerned by the sluggish display his players put in.
Substitutes: Perisic (5), Muller (8).
STAR MAN - He may not have started the match, but Muller was the only man who looked capable of turning the tide in Bayern's favour against Hoffenheim. The experienced forward was a second-half substitute and looked lively for the home side, but ultimately could not prevent his team falling to a defeat.
Thomas Muller is still a baller even today and no striker is better than Lewandowski so far this season — T Time (@Putrox_) October 5, 2019
Muller provided an excellent assist for Lewandowski's equaliser, floating in a brilliant cross which landed perfectly on the striker's forehead. Although Bayern were unable to pick up any points, Muller proved he should be a starter for Kovac's side no matter what.
Key Talking Point
Even before taking the lead, Hoffenheim looked very dangerous and asked plenty of questions of Kovac's side, and their opening goal was no less than they deserved.
A performance which could prove to be the catalyst for their season.
Substitutes: Stafylidis (7), Nordtveit (7), Bicakcic (7)
STAR MAN - When
Bayern continue their Bundesliga title hunt in two weeks with a trip to Augsburg, as Kovac's men hope to bounce back from today's miserable performance and reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga.
Hoffenheim follow up their excellent display in Munich with another stern test, as they host David Wagner's Schalke after the international break.