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Bayern’s win streak ends with Hoffenheim’s 4-1 lose after 23 matches.

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European champions Bayern Munich suffered a first defeat for 10 month when their 23-match winning run was ended by a shock 4-1 Bundesliga loss at Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Hoffenheim raced into a 2-0 lead with early goals by defender Ermin Bicakcic and striker Munas Dabbur.

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Although Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern a lifeline just before the break, Croatia international striker Andrej Kramaric netted a second-half goal and converted a late penalty to seal the win and move Hoffenheim to the top of the league.

It was the first time Bayern have lost under head coach Hansi Flick in any competition since going down 2-1 to Borussia Moenchengladbach on December 7, 2019.

“Compliments to Hoffenheim, they cut out our space and gave us few chances,” said Flick, who bristled at repeated questions about his team’s tired display.

“We just couldn’t manage to take our chances or play with our usual intensity.”

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Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeness is the nephew of Bayern’s honorary president Uli Hoeness and left Munich’s reserves in July to take over at Hoffenheim.

“We put into practise everything we had worked on, we were dominant from the beginning, managed to always be dangerous and defend well, so I am not surprised by the result,” said Hoffenheim coach Hoeness.

Bayern Munich’s German defender Jerome Boateng celebrates Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Joshua Kimmich scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Bayern Munich on September 27, 2020 in Mainz, southern Germany. Daniel ROLAND / AFP

Bayern looked tired, showing the effects of being taken to extra time in the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday before beating Sevilla 2-1 in Budapest.

“We shouldn’t forget that Bayern played 120 minutes four days ago, but we put in a great performance,” added Hoeness.

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The loss brings to an end Bayern’s run of 23 consecutive wins, a record for a club in one of Europe’s five main leagues, surpassing Real Madrid’s 22 straight between September and December 2014.

With Robert Lewandowski rested ahead of Wednesday’s German Super Cup showdown at home to Borussia Dortmund — the chance to win a fifth title in 2020 — his 19-year-old understudy Joshua Zirkzee struggled to spark Bayern’s attack.

“We go into every game to win, it didn’t work today, now we focus on Dortmund,” added Flick.

“We will tick off this match and we focus on what we can do better on Wednesday.”

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Early Hoffenheim goals
Hoffenheim took full advantage of Munich’s lethargy with Bicakcic giving them the lead on 16 minutes when he out-leapt Corentin Tolisso at a corner and headed past Manuel Neuer.

The hosts doubled their lead when Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard tried to snuff out a counter-attack, but his pass rolled into the path of Israeli striker Dabbur, who held his nerve to chip the ball over Neuer on 24 minutes.

It was the first time Bayern have been two goals down since they lost 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in November 2019, a defeat which cost Flick’s predecessor Niko Kovac his job.

Bayern knuckled went in 2-1 down at the break after Leroy Sane’s superb pass across the box landed at the feet of Kimmich who fired home superbly on 36 minutes.

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Hoffenheim could have had a third goal as their Croatia striker Andrei Kramaric clipped the crossbar after his shot beat Neuer on the stroke of half-time.

Flick responded by beefing up his side by bringing on Lewandowski and central midfielder Leon Goretzka for Zirkzee and Pavard on 57 minutes.

Lewandowski went close with a couple of half chances but Kramaric made sure of the win when he finished a counter-attack with a stunning strike on 77 minutes.

Bayern conceded a penalty in added time when Neuer brought down replacement forward Ihlas Bebou in the area and Kramaric converted the resulting penalty.


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Thiago Delivers Emotional Farewell in Bayern

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The Spanish international posted a video along with a letter bidding farewell to the Bavarian side as a move to Liverpool looms.


Thiago Alcantara used his Twitter account to say his goodbyes to Bayern Munich with the Spanish international poised to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in a move rumoured to be worth 25 million euro.

In his letter, the 29-year-old maintains that he arrived at the Bundesliga side: “as a young man full of dreams and leaves completely fulfilled having identified with a club, a history, a philosophy, language and a culture”.

In his seven years with the Bavarian side, Thiago has secured seven Bundesliga titles, four German cup wins, three German Super Cups and was part of the victorious side winning the recent Champions League in Lisbon last August.

It’s anticipated that the move to Liverpool will be announced within the next 24 hours.


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Thiago Alcantara’s last moments in Bayern

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The former Barcelona midfielder effectively said goodbye to the club after that, as his seven year spell – in which he had won seven Bundesliga titles – was seen to be coming to an end.


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‘I’m Happy at Bayern’ – Thiago hints a Spoiler

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Thiago Alcantara may yet remain a Bayern Munich player rather than move to Liverpool or Manchester United.

The gifted Spaniard has been heavily linked to both Premier League rivals and there is an expectation that he will leave Bayern having helped deliver the Champions League as his parting gift.

But Thiago has now insisted that if a suitable offer is not put on the table he will be happy to remain at Allianz Arena.

Speaking after Spain’s 1-1 draw with Germany in which he played the full 90 minutes, the 29-year-old told ZDF: ‘I only think about the game against Ukraine. Afterwards, we will see.

‘Bayern is my home and I am happy to be there.’

Hansi Flick previously expressed his desire to keep hold of Alcantara, who proved his worth again with brilliant performances in the Champions League when football resumed.

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And no doubt Bayern fans will take heart from the midfielder appearing to open the door to a prolonged stay.

Alcantara’s contract at the club expires at the end of the upcoming season and they are asking for a transfer fee of £27million from prospective buyers.

Liverpool are still front-runners for his signature but are only likely to make a move if one of the current midfielders departs.

Georginio Wijnaldum is of interest to Barcelona and could be replaced by Alcantara but Jurgen Klopp is otherwise likely to be inactive in the market.

United signing Donny van de Beek is not thought to mean the Old Trafford club will end their interest in the Bayern star.

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Farewell Thiago Alcantara – Bayern

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Thiago Alcantara will bid farewell to Germany tonight when he lines up for Spain in their UEFA Nations League clash in Stuttgart, according to local Munich media.

The Spanish international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool all summer, with Manchester United also said to hold an interest in the 29-year-old prior to their signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

It is the Premier League champions who are said to be Thiago’s destination of choice though, with the former Barcelona star making it clear that he would like to move to Anfield this summer in order to experience life in the Premier League.

Thiago still has one year left on his Bayern contract, but the club have indicated that they won’t stand in his way as he looks to join up with Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

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For their part, Liverpool insist that no deal for Thiago is imminent, although they are said to be monitoring the situation and preparing an offer.

In Munich though, there is a clear acceptance that the midfielder’s stay in German football is coming to an end after seven Bundesliga titles in seven years at Bayern.

The Munich publication Abendzeitung Munchen have printed a full page preview of the match featuring an image of Thiago with the Champions League trophy, and dubbing the game ‘Thiago’s Abschiedsspiel’ – which translates as testimonial or farewell match.

They add that it is an open secret in Munich that Thiago wants to join Liverpool, and they expect the deal to be wrapped up in the coming weeks once the player has left international duty.

Liverpool are said to be mulling over the fee before they submit an offer for the 37-times capped midfielder.

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Farewell Coutinho; As he exits from Bayern

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Philippe Coutinho has shown his gratitude towards Bayern Munich as his season-long loan spell comes to an end.

The Barcelona player won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League during his year in Bavaria.

“I would like to thank all the fans, the staff and players for this season,” Coutinho wrote on Instagram.

“It was truly an amazing year where I learnt so much and the final achievements with the treble [were] unforgettable.”

Coutinho’s future at Barcelona is uncertain, with the club intending to sell or loan him out this summer.

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