It wasn't the best of days for Bayern Munich, but a late winner on the verge of stoppage time from Robert Lewandowski earned all three points in a 2-1 result against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. This week featured relatively few standouts in what was a pertty drab -- and at times, poor -- match.
Tip Of The Cap: Thiago: While the Bayer Munich midfield counterparts was varying shades of unreliable on both sides of the ball, Thiago came in midway through the second half and solidified a midfield that was allowing Hoffenheim runs on the box like a sieve. That play continued after Jerome Boateng's double yellow ejection.
Golf Clap: Thomas Müller. Absent the ability to work anything into the box on the ground in the first 60+ minutes, Bayern Munich used an aerial approach from which Thomas Müller was king. Forcing multiple brilliant saves from Oliver Baumann, Müller was a physical nuisance and capped off his first half with a wonderful kneed goal that was vintage.
Standing Ovation: Mario Götze. The somewhat maligned midfield talisman was everywhere for Bayern Munich on both sides of the ball. Between slalom dribbles, impressive defense, and some killer interplay with Robert Lewandowski, on another day Mario Götze could have notched a couple goals and a couple assists. Unfortunately, stonewalled by his peers and a Hoffenheim defense, Götze came away with nothing other than a solid 90 minute shift to show for his efforts.
Meister of the Match: Douglas Costa: There's no way to split it. Two assists: relentless bursts of pace: crosses from either flank. Douglas Costa was the most creative player on either side in this drab affair and without him Bayern Munich would have likely headed home without any points such was their performance on the day. Until oppositions get used to him and figure out how to play against him, Douglas Costa is going to continue to post up great performances for Bayern Munich.
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