Over the last few seasons, Hoffenheim seems to be the team that gets to Bayern Munich the most. Today, a perfect storm of tired Bayern players and a motivated Hoffenheim side led to an embarrassing Bayern loss. After a dream start for Hoffenheim, Bayern found themselves down 2-0. An amazing goal before halftime gave the Rekordmeister some hope, but Bayern was not able to find the back of the net in the second half. Here are our match awards.
Jersey Swap: Andrej Krameric
The 29-year-old Croatian attacker was a thorn in Bayern’s side tonight. He was dangerous every time he got the ball. He likely deserved a goal earlier in the match, but his first came in 77th minute. He secured a brace on the penalty kick in stoppage time, but almost picked up a hat-trick a minute later. Krameric recorded four shots on goal, two shots off target, and two shots that were blocked. A very solid performance put the match out of reach of Bayern in the second half.
Der Bomber: Thomas Muller
Although the goals weren’t coming like we are used to, Thomas Muller was still creating chances and leading the attack like he always has. His hard work paid off when he recorded yet another assist on Kimmich’s goal. Besides the assist, Muller had four key passes and an 83% passing efficiency. Even down 4-1, Muller kept fighting. In the dying moments of the match, he had a chance to put the ball in the back of the net, but he took it one time and shot it off target. Although he was still fighting, you can tell there was some fatigue in his legs.
Fußballgott: Corentin Tolisso
Tolisso had a quiet game, but was quite effective before being subbed out for Musisala. The young Frenchman won seven duels and drew four fouls while helping his team try to control the midfield. His passing was nearly perfect, competing 93% of his passes including completing five out of five long-balls. While not the flashiest performance, Tolisso did what he could to stop the bleeding. When he left the match, Bayern was still only down 2-1. Tolisso was a factor in keeping them in the match.
Der Kaiser: Manuel Neuer
Yes, four goals hit the back of his net, but they are not all on him. Bad defending and turnovers were the main causes leading to the first three goals. Even the penalty came because he was left in a bad situation by sloppy defending. All this said, the captain is the only reason that the scoreline wasn’t more embarrassing. He recorded four saves, all of which came from shots inside the box. He kept his side in the match for as long as he could, before Krameric got the best of him twice.
Meister of the match: Joshua Kimmich
With his team down 2-0 early in the match, Kimmich scored an amazing goal on a curling ball that looped over the keeper and found the top corner. It was very reminiscent of his winner last season away to Dortmund. On top of his goal, Kimmich showed his flexibility and selflessness, as he played a variety of roles. He was dangerous in the attack, but also tracked back to defend. When Pavard was substituted for Goretzka, Kimmich slid into his familiar right-back role without losing a step. In a disappointing game for Bayern, Kimmich still was able to shine.