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Bayern Munich overcome dirty, stinking Hoffenheim 3-1 to win Bundesliga opener

It was a brutal affair on the field at the Allianz Arena (Who knew Hoffenheim was this dirty!?), but Bayern Munich showed championship mettle and beat Hoffenheim.

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 24: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring a goal after taking penalty for the second time during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on August 24, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 24: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring a goal after taking penalty for the second time during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on August 24, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
(Photo by Lukasz Laskowski/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)


90’- GOAL BAYERN MUNICH! Bayern takes advantage of a sleeping Hoffenheim on a throw-in for Robben to hammer it past Baumann to give Bayern the 3-1 lead!

87’- Questionable decision by the referee here. Goretzka’s shot deflects off of Müller and into the back of the net. The goal is given but then ruled out for a handball. The replay showed Müller turning his back to the shot, but the ball hit of his arm.

84’- Kovac makes his third and final sub bringing on James for Ribery.

83’ GOAL BAYERN MUNICH! ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI! Bayern take the 2-1 as Lewandowski converts the penalty!

77’- PENALTY TO BAYERN! Ribery is fouled in the area by Nordtveit. Lewandowski’s penalty is saved, and Robben puts in the rebound. However, VAR pulls the goal back due to encroachment (about six players were in the penalty area). Lewandowski is taking the penalty again...

75’- Bayern are struggling to find their winner.

67’- Kovac makes his second change of the night, bringing on Goretzka for Martinez. It was a strong first 50 minutes for Martinez, but he started to slow over the last 15 minutes including being partially at fault for Hoffenheim’s goal.

57’ Hoffenheim equalize- Szalai capitalizes on a terrible giveaway from Martinez close to Bayern’s penalty area and beats Boateng before finishing past Neuer.

56’- Lewandowski scores, but he was offside. The goal doesn’t count.

55’- We’re almost an hour into this game, and I legit had no idea that Hoffenheim was this dirty. Thiago has been hacked to the ground with vicious tackles on 3-4 different occasions already. The referee needs to take control of Hoffenheim’s absurd tackles.

46’- The second half has kicked off in Munich.

HALFTIME: BAYERN MUNICH 1-0 HOFFENHEIM- What a solid and terrible first half. Bayern get the 1-0 lead, but the referee lets Hoffenheim attack Coman all night long. Coman wasn’t able to put any weight on his ankle as he was helped off the field. What a disaster. Robben replaces him.

43’- Coman has been forced out with a serious injury. A wildly reckless tackle from Schulz. Coman is carried off the field by Bayern’s trainers and straight to the locker room. This is not good. Not good at all.

38’- We were all almost witness to a great goal from Coman. He received the ball near the top of the penalty area, and with the outside of his boot, nutmegged Vogt before seeing his shot saved by Baumann. That was almost a WOOO! goal.

33’- Hoffenheim should’ve had the equalizer! Joelinton misses an easy chance that easily should’ve been the goal that made the game level. He’ll be wanting that opportunity back!

Berni liked that Bayern goal.

23’ TOR BAYERN MUNICH! THOMAS MULLER! 1-0! Müller heads home a Kimmich corner kick to give Bayern the 1-0 lead after 23 minutes! A great goal to start the season!

20’- Hoffenheim really got back into things over the last ten minutes. While they never threatened Neuer in goal, Hoffenheim’s high press caused Bayern’s backline problems on a few occasions, nearly leading to a great chance.

10’- An Alaba thunderbolt hits Bicakcic in a ... sensitive area, and the Hoffenheim centerback hits the ground in pain. The ensuing corner falls in the box, and Boateng’s shot is blocked. The ball is cleared. After 10 minutes, it’s all Bayern.

7’- Bayern are getting down the wings at will so far, but their crosses into the box are not on target. The majority of them are coming in from Kimmich and Alaba, and they’re just missing.

3’- Thiago springs Ribery down the touchline, and the ball is knocked out for a corner.

1’- KICKOFF! The Bundesliga has kicked off the 2018-19 season!

We’re TWELVE minutes from kickoff for the Bundesliga opener! Are you ready?

1 hour before kickoff: the LINEUP is out!

As anticipated by Sport Bild, Niko Kovac has put Mats Hummels on the bench so as to start Niklas Süle and Jerome Boateng. On offense, Arjen Robben must make way for Kingsley Coman, while Franck Ribery starts on the left. Perhaps Kovac’s plan is to sub Robben on for Ribery and move Coman to the left later in the game. We shall see.

Thomas Müller will play behind Lewandowski, while Thiago and Javi Martinez complete the midfield, probably shifting from a 4-2-3-1 formation to a 4-1-4-1 as Thiago moves forward.


The Bundesliga is back and it’s time for Bayern Munich to face our old foes Hoffenheim. Julian Nagelsmann has been handing this team L’s left and right these last two seasons (the game with Jupp doesn’t count) and was arguably responsible for the Ancelotti era’s slide into chaos and despair (maybe we should be grateful for that last bit).

For the first time in ages, Bayern is (almost) free of injuries — only Serge Gnabry is 100% ruled out for the game. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone is ready for selection. Judging by the manager’s comments, James Rodriguez may not be fit enough to make his first appearance of the season under Kovac, so we will have to keep waiting for that one. In any case, whether or not our Colombian maestro gets to play, expect a no-nonsense lineup. Niko Kovac wants to win this game.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 8:30 pm local, 2:30 pm EST

TV/streaming: Find Your Country

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