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March 29, 2014
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: C. Dingert
• Attendance: 71000
C. Pizarro 31', 40'
X. Shaqiri 34'
A. Modeste 23'
S. Salihović 44'
Roberto Firmino 75'
That's it from me, Harry Slavin. Thanks for joining me for this afternoon's action from Bavaria. Be sure to tune in for more Bundesliga action next weekend, but until then, it's goodbye for now!
FULL-TIME: BAYERN 3-3 HOFFENHEIM. Guardiola's side have dropped points for just the third time this season. Hoffenheim pick up their first ever point at the Allianz Arena, but they might have felt it could have been more.
90' + 2'
Dante has more than one clumsy tackle this afternoon and he escapes a booking once again here as he goes in late on Firmino. Bayern letting their frustrations get the better of them here.
We are now into three minutes of stoppage time. Is there a winner left in this one?
The visitors are just winding down the clock now as Volland comes off and Karaman comes on in his place.
Great chance for Elyounoussi to grab a late winner for Hoffenheim now! His effort is just over the bar though and the hosts can breath a sigh of relief.
Arjen Robben with a great chance to win it but he's denied by Grahl! The keeper gets down well to tip the ball behind for a corner and we are still level.
Still chances coming for the visitors as Firmino continues to pose a problem for the home side's defence. Surely they aren't going to inflict defeat on Guardiola's team here?
Schweinsteiger is the latest player in the book as he gives away a free kick. The set piece is launched into the area where it finds Firmino but the midfielder can only direct his effort into the side netting.
Yellow Card Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bayern have stepped it up a gear and a couple of crosses from Robben and Rafinha have called Grahl into action. They've yet to create a clear chance in this second half the home side though.
Guardiola reacts by chucking on Arjen Robben for Ribery. He clearly doesn't want to see his side end their winning run of 19 games.
Yellow Card Roberto Firmino
Assist Kai Herdling
Goal Roberto Firmino
GOOAAALLL!!! FIRMINO FOR HOFFENHEIM!!! Off comes the shirt and out comes the yellow card, but the midifelder wont care. He latches on to Herdling's pass and slots beyond Starke to draw his side level.
He's everywhere at the moment! Vestergaard rises highest in the Bayern box to meet a free kick but Starke is able to keep a hold of the effort.
Ouch! A brave piece of play from Vestergaard as he takes the ball flush in the face from Ribery's cross. That looked a sore one but it looks as if he is going to play on.
Firmino looks to create a bit of shooting space for himself but his effort is blocked by Dante. Bayern holding firm for the moment.
Mandzukic wins a free kick for Bayern outside the area. It's lofted to the back stick where Van Buyten is lurking but the Dutch international is penalised for tugging the shirt of his marker.
Dante and Strobl are just sharing a few words after the referee flags for offside against the Hoffenheim man. Bayern perhaps getting a little edgy here, they've yet to put this one to bed.
Van Buyten has picked up a nasty ankle injury after a challenge with Volland. It looks as if the midfielder has stepped on the defenders ankle. Accidental, but painful nonetheless.
Lahm goes down in the box and is looking for a penalty. He's not going to get one on this occasion though as the referee waves play on.
Wasted opportunity for Bayern! Ribery gets free down the left and this time he makes the most of the support in the centre. Shaqiri has time to take the ball down but he decides to go for the spectacular and his acrobatic volley clears the crossbar.
A great ball from Beck on the left almost finds his fellow full-back Johnson steaming in at the back post, but he can't stretch far enough and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Both sides are struggling to create clear cut chances in the early stages of this half. It was the same in the first half. Maybe we just need another goal to kick-start this one again.
Lahm breaks up the play in the middle for the umpteenth time since he has come on. He has shored up the Bayern midfield and restricted space for the away side in the middle of the park.
Another dangerous delivery from Salihovic is met by Firmino but Starke does well to read and saves comfortably. A small reminder for Bayern that they're only the one goal in front.
Bayern break down the left with Ribery but the Frenchman is a little greedy and takes a touch too many when he had plenty of options inside. Early warning signs for the visitors in the second period.
Yellow Card Jannik Vestergaard
Mandzukic is into the action quickly and has won a free kick on the edge of the area after being brought down by Vestergaard. The defender is booked for his tackle as well.
Hoffenheim get us back up and running. It's Mario Gotze who has made way for Mandzukic.
The sides are back out at the Allianz Arena and it looks as though Bayern have made another change at the break as Mario Mandzukic takes his place on the pitch for the second half.
It may not be a full strength Bayern squad by any stretch of the imagination but the amount of chances they are creating you wouldn't know it. What is obvious though is that they are a little shaky at the back. Hoffenheim have exploited this to their best ability so far. Can they continue to do so in the second half?
HALF-TIME: BAYERN 3-2 HOFFENHEIM. What a half! I said at the beginning this game had a bit of an end of season feel but both sides are putting on a real display for the fans. Modeste's early opener for Hoffenheim only served to wake the Bayern beast from it's slumber. But their three quick goals have been followed by another for the visitors and this game is far from over.
45' + 1'
We are into just one minute of added time at the end of the half.
Goal Sejad Salihovic
GOOOAAALLL!!! SALIHOVIC WITH A CORKER!!! What a free kick this is! Salihovic leathers in a shot from 25-yards that Starke can't quite get to. Hoffenheim are still in this.
Just a few moments until half-time. Hoffenheim might be glad to hear the whistle to signal the break, they've had to deal with wave after wave of attack since they made the mistake of taking the lead.
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Claudio Pizarro
GOOOAAALLL!!! A SECOND FOR PIZARRO!!! This is a goal of real quality. The deadliest of counter-attacks is started from just outside the Bayern area and Ribery is played into acres of space on the left. He bides his time and picks his moment to lay the ball on for Pizarro who scoops his shot into the roof of the net. A clinical move from a clinical side.
There was a bit of an early scare here for the champions but the introduction of Lahm in the midfield in place of Thiago has really made a difference.
Pizarro should have a second and his side's third! He's played through one-on-one but his clipped effort is wide of the mark to the disbelief of almost everyone inside the ground - including Pizarro himself.
Assist Claudio Pizarro
Goal Xherdan Shaqiri
GOOOAAALL!!! BAYERN TAKE THE LEAD!!! Grahl is furious with his defence, and I have to say, this did look a touch too easy. Rafinha gets a cross in on the right and Pizarro touches it into the path of Shaqiri who guides his effort into the far corner. Normal order is restored.
Hoffenheim were temporarily down to 10-men but they are back up to their full quota now as Tarik Elyounoussi comes on.
Assist Xherdan Shaqiri
Goal Claudio Pizarro
GOOOAAALLL!!! PIZARRO EQUALISES!!! The part was on hold for just seven minutes. Shaqiri whips in a cross and the striker stoops low to head the ball into the top corner past a hapless Grahl. Bayern back on level terms.
It looks as if we're going to see another substitution here. Modeste appears to have pulled something in his leg and he can't continue. He's had to go off while Hoffenheim arrange for someone to take his place on the field.
Good stop from Jens Grahl! The Hoffenheim shot-stopper is called into action for the first time and has to get down smartly to his right to keep out Pizzaro's low effort.
Thiago may have been a bit more than winded after all. He's coming off and Lahm is on in his place. It looks as if the midfielder was complaining about a problem with his right leg.
Goal Anthony Modeste
GOOAAALLL!!! MODESTE FOR HOFFENHEIM!!! Bayern are punished for their ridiculously high line and the party is in danger of being gatecrashed. Modeste is in behind and has the freedom of the Bayern half to race in on goal. Starke gets a hand to the initial effort but the striker is alert to continue his run and taps home from less than a yard out.
A little break in play as Thiago looks to recover from a small knock. It looked pretty innocuous but I think the Spaniard possibly got a bit winded. He's okay to continue now.
A clumsy tackle from Dante provides Hoffenheim the chance to swing in a cross from a wide position here. Salihovic swings in the ball and Modeste is just inches away from getting on the end of it.
Obviously a lot of the changes made by Guardiola have been with the visit to Old Trafford midweek in mind. Manchester United have already been in action today actually, beating Aston Villa 4-1 at home. I'm sure a few Bayern eyes would have been watching that one.
Cries of 'Bayern!, Bayern!' ring out inside the Allianz Arena. Guardiola's side have just created their best opportunity too, but Pizarro can't quite get on the end of Ribery's low ball across the face of goal.
Bayern are just having a bit of difficulty clearing their lines. Hoffenheim are pressing hard inside the hosts' half and that has presented Kevin Volland with a couple of opportunities to shoot. He's dragged both wide so far though.
Almost an awful mistake from Daniel Van Buyten! The defender slips inside his own area and only quick thinking from Starke in the Bayern goal prevents Anthony Modeste being presented with the simplest of tap ins.
Die Roten are looking for a penalty again here as Ribery goes down in the area under a challenge from Eugen Polanski. There is contact but I think the referee has deemed that it was all of the Frenchman's making and waves away the protests.
A half chance for Bastien Schweinsteiger from the corner. He's picked out at the back post by Thiago but he sends his volley sailing over the crossbar. That would have been some strike had he got it right.
Xherdan Shaqiri thinks Bayern should have an early penalty, and he has a point. The ball is flicked up by the Swiss international inside the area and Andreas Beck appears to stop the ball with his hand. The referee isn't interested though and the hosts have to settle for a corner.
It's a brilliantly sunny day in Bavaria and despite the fact we are not even out of March yet, there's an end of season feel to this game. A much-changed Bayern side are currently stroking the ball around nicely in the middle.
Bayern Munich get us underway at the Allianz Arena!
The teams come out at the Allianz Arena. The newly crowned Bundesliga champions take the applause from their home fans who are in fine voice - as you would expect.
Gisdol will be glad to see a few of Bayern's big stars on the bench. The Hoffenheim coach said that Muller drove him 'crazy' in his pre-match press conference. It will be down to another of Die Roten's flair players to torment the visitors' defence today.
So Guardiola makes a number of changes as he rests some of the first team regulars ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester United next week. The likes of Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben take their places on the bench, while there are rare starts for Tom Starke in goal and Diego Contento and Claudio Pizarro outfield.
HOFFENHEIM XI: (4-2-3-1) Grahl; Johnson, Strobl, Vestergaard, Beck; Rudy, Polanski; Volland, Firmino, Salihovic; Modeste.
BAYERN XI: (4-2-3-1) Starke; Rafinha, Van Buyten, Dante, Contento; Schweinsteiger, Thiago; Shaqiri, Gotze, Ribery; Pizarro.
We are about quarter of an hour from kick off so let's get the team news. We'll start with the hosts.
Markus Gisdol brings his side to the Aliianz Arena in fairly decent form. The club currently sit midtable and have scored 13 times in their last five outings, including an impressive 3-2 victory at Bayer Leverkusen. You'd get decent odds on them inflicting defeat on Bayern this afternoon though.
Bayern secured their 23rd Bundesliga title with a victory at Hertha Berlin during the week, but their season is far from done. They've still got the DFB Pokal and Champions league to contest as they look to retain their treble. Today they go in search of their 20th straight win against Hoffenheim.
Unstoppable, unbeatable, unsurpassable. Say what you like about Bayern Munich, but their march to the Bundesliga title this season is like nothing German football has seen before - and is likely to see again. Pep Guardiola's men are back at home this afternoon for the first time since securing the title as they take on Hoffenheim. Let the party commence.
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