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Bayern’s Run Ends Abruptly

Hoffenheim blow Euro Champs away in round two of the Bundesliga.

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Canadian international Alphonso Davies (19) tries vainly to keep out Ermin Bicakcic’s header which gave TSG Hoffenheim a 16th minute lead.
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Bayern Munich’s incredible 32 game unbeaten run is at an end.

The sequence was all the more spectacular since it included only one draw and the last 23 games (including the latter stages of the 2019/20 Champions League) were all won.

They hadn’t lost since December 2019 when Borussia Monchengladbach came from behind to defeat them 2-1 with a 92nd minute goal in the Bundesliga.

But today HSG Hoffenheim, the team backed by SAP, had other ideas. They were 2-0 in front by the time Joshua Khimmich pulled a goal back for the European Champions in the 36th minute.

Hoffenheim continued to take the game to Bayern and were rewarded when Croatian international striker Andrej Kramaric placed his volley beyond Neuer with thirteen minutes left on the clock.

The same player then broke forward in the second minute of added time only to be upended by the German international ‘keeper. Kramaric picked himself up off the floor and emphatically converted from the spot to confirm a 4-1 victory.

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Kramaric celebrates his first and Hoffenheim’s third goal this afternoon against Bayern Munich.
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Hoffenheim and FC Augsburg, who beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 are the only teams with 100% records after two rounds of the 2020/21 Bundesliga.

Kramaric and Hoffenheim are on a fine run of form themselves now. Carrying over from last season this was the club’s fifth straight Bundesliga win, which includes a 4-0 success away to Borussia Dortmund in which the Croatian striker claimed all four goals.

Said Kramaric, “I have to say the whole week we were ready. We were focussed for the game. We knew if we weren’t going to be 200% against the best team right now in the world, anything is possible, but we showed we can play against the best, and we did it!”

In his last four Bundesliga games the Croatian has scored ten times.

Move over Robert Lewandowski?