For the FC Bayern has started the year of the much-heralded transition a success: 3:1 (2:0) and won by the record champion with TSG Hoffenheim in the first game of the second round. Thus, the table second in the Bundesliga reduced its deficit to Borussia Dortmund, at least temporarily, on three points.

Leon Goretzka was the man of the Evening, he was allowed to celebrate in the first half of the first brace of his Bundesliga career (34 in./45.+1 Minute). The third Bayern match, Robert Lewandowski scored in the 87. Minute.

The guide hits the edge of Kingsley Coman was preceded. First, Lewandowski failed by a head to Oliver Baumann, the rebound Goretzka took advantage of then, whose shot was deflected by Kevin Vogt – no Chance for the TSG-Keeper. Almost with the half-time whistle the 23-Year-old opened the scoring after a counterattack again.

In the second half, FC Bayern came under more pressure. Hoffenheim had switched to a more offensive 4-3-3 and found now better into the game, the opportunities and the connection of the opponent: Nico Schulz 1:2 scored with a beautiful shot from distance (59.). Previously Joelinton and Kerem Demirbay had presented good opportunities (53.).


In the final stage, Bayern Coach Niko Kovac with James and Serge Gnabry brought in two offensive and fresh forces, which caused a bit more relief, and the third in Munich hit by James initiated and Müller had prepared. Access Alphonso Davies was already in the squad, but this was not the debut of his League. The 18-year-old Canadians had come in the winter break, Vancouver Whitecaps.

Borussia Dortmund can add again on Saturday, then the top rider in the 18 starts. Round, and in the case of RB Leipzig (18.30 clock, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE).

Hoffenheim – FC Bayern 1:3 (0:2)
0:1 Goretzka (34.)
0:2 Goretzka (45.+1)
1:2 Schulz (59.)
1:3 Lewandowski (87.)
Hoffenheim : Baumann – Posch, Vogt (56. Grillitsch), Hübner – Kaderabek, Bittencourt, Demirbay (56. Geiger), Kramaric, Schulz – Joelinton (79. Szalai), Belfodil
FC Bayern : New – Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba – Martínez (90. Boateng), Goretzka – Müller, Thiago (78. James), Coman (73. Gnabry) – Lewandowski
referee : Welz
Yellow cards : Voigt, Grillitsch, Posch / Kimmich, Martínez
audience : 30.150 (sold out)


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