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Played
March 3, 2013 8:00 PM IST
Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena — Sinsheim
Referee:‬ T. Kinhöfer‎
Attendance:‬ 30150‎
 
 
Mario Gomez 38′
Top of the Match
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bayern
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bayern
Flop of the Match
Takashi Usami
Takashi Usami
TSG Hoffenheim
Takashi Usami
Takashi Usami
TSG Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim 0-1 Bayern Munich: Gomez goal enough for Bavarians to maintain league lead

Jupp Heynckes' side continued their march towards the Bundesliga title despite not being at their brilliant best against their relegation-threatened hosts

By Tom Maston

Germany, Bundesliga, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. FC Bayern Munich,
Bongarts
Mario Gomez's first-half strike was enough for Bayern Munich to take all three points as they saw off lowly Hoffenheim.

The Bundesliga leaders were far from their best, but in a rare start, Gomez produced a close-range finish to seal the victory.

The win means the Bavarians remain 17 points ahead of Borussia Dortmund at the top of table while Hoffenheim stay embroiled in a relegation battle.

The league leaders looked to stamp their authority on the game early on, and Bastian Schweinsteiger tested Heurelho Gomes with a low free kick that the former Tottenham goalkeeper could only turn round the post.

Despite their lowly league position, Hoffenheim were not going to let the visitors have everything their own way, and Danny Williams should have done better when a cross from the left evaded three Bayern defenders before finding him at the back post.

The midfielder could only find the side netting with that effort, but that did not deter him and he tried his luck minutes later, though he again missed the target with a powerful shot from distance.

Both sides were failing to make any real periods of possession count until Franck Ribery headed Jerome Boateng's diagonal ball into Gomez's path, and the Germany international made no mistake as he squeezed the ball into the bottom corner despite pressure from Gomes.

Breaking the deadlock certainly galvanised Jupp Heynckes' side, and they almost doubled their lead before the break when skipper Philipp Lahm broke into the box and saw his effort parried away by Gomes.

Williams was proving the biggest threat for the hosts, and he almost grabbed an equaliser on the verge of half-time as he forced Tom Starke into a save low to his right after breaking from midfield.

The start of the second half offered little in the way of goalmouth action, and it was not until the 67th minute that either side had a meaningful effort on goal, as Stephan Schrock forced Starke into an acrobatic save from the edge of the area.

Marco Kurz's team were beginning to show much more attacking intent, though they nearly fell further behind as Schweinsteiger's free kick beat Gomes only to crash against the crossbar.

Schweinsteiger was a constant danger from dead ball situations, and he again rattled the woodwork from a free kick as the match entered its final 15 minutes.

Mario Mandzukic replaced Gomez up front, and he went close to sealing the points as his placed header drifted narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

In searching for an equaliser, Hoffenheim began to leave gaps in defence, and Ribery and David Alaba both almost took advantage, but Gomes was equal to both of their efforts from the edge of the area.

The hosts huffed and puffed as they looked to claim an unlikely point, but Heynckes' side were ultimately comfortable in closing out the win.


TSG Hoffenheim

1
Gomes
Goalkeeper
3.50
19
David Abraham
Defender
3.00
16
Fabian Johnson
Midfielder
2.50
2
Patrick Ochs
Midfielder
2.50
29
2.00
28
Daniel Williams
Defender
54′
3.50
17
Tobias Weis
Midfielder
3.00
39
Takashi Usami
Midfielder
46′
2.00
17
3.00
10
2.50
31
Kevin Volland
Striker
70′
2.50

Bayern

3.00
22
Tom Starke
Goalkeeper
3.50
4
Dante
Defender
3.50
17
3.50
21
3.00
27
David Alaba
Midfielder
3.50
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
38′
3.00
8
Javi Martínez
Midfielder
2.50
11
4.00
31
2.50
25
Thomas Müller
Midfielder
3.50
33

Substitutes

30
Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
10
2.50
-
 - 
30
Afriyie Acquah
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
9
Joselu
Striker
70′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Manuel Neuer
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
26
3.00
22
Luiz Gustavo
Midfielder
64′
 - 
39
Toni Kroos
Midfielder
 - 
44
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5