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October 1, 2011
• Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
Referee: T. Kinhöfer
• Attendance: 30150
The referee blows up for full time. A disappointing performance from Bayern, but a point ensures that they'll end the weekend at top of the table, while their run of games without conceding extends to 11. Hoffenheim put in a brave effort and got a point they'll be proud of, but a 0-0 is a fair result on the balance of play.
Bayern's fans want a penalty, but none of their players seem particularly bothered, with Thomas Muller floored.
Bayern almost seem content to draw, passing the ball around the back leisurely.
Sigurdsson, who has worked hard all game, has been replaced by Sven Schipplock.
Time running out for a winner from either side. Bayern have been very poor today - possibly a hangover from their Champions League exploits. Obasi takes on Boateng, but fires the shot wide.
Yellow Card Knowledge Musona
Muller receives the ball with his back-to-goal, and lays the ball back to Kroos, whose shot has nowhere near enough power on it and it's a very easy save for Starke.
Neuer claims the ball easily from the set piece.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Kroos gets his name in the book for a cynical shove on Kaiser. Hoffenheim free-kick 35 yards from goal.
Daniel Van Buyten
Luiz Gustavo is coming on for Van Buyten. Bayern seem to be going for this.
Firmino is taken off for Knowledge Musona with 16 minutes remaining...
Starke gifts the ball to Kroos, who moves forward but tries to give Muller a tap in, as opposed to shooting himself, and Compper puts it out for a corner.
Disallowed goal. Starke comes for a corner and misses the ball altogether. Van Buyten nods the ball goal-ward, but his effort is knocked off the line, leaving Schweinsteiger to tap the ball into an empty net, but the Germany star was offside. Still 0-0
Yellow Card Philipp Lahm
Ryan Babel lays the ball back to Firmino, whose shot is very ambitious and goes well over the bar.
Braafheid takes a quick free-kick to Sigurdsson, who swings in a a great cross towards Obasi, but the Nigerian fails to connect with the ball.
Alaba appears on the left and crosses the ball towards Muller, who is beaten to the ball by the Hoffenheim defence.
Yellow Card Bastian Schweinsteiger
Schweinsteiger gets a booking for a firm, frustrated tackle on Danny Williams.
Arjen Robben has been involved for what seems to be the first time, but Braafheid gets the better of his compatriot, to the delight of the home fans.
Surprisingly, Mario Gomez is being withdrawn and is replaced by David Alaba. Bayern's midweek heroes have all seemed a bit tired.
Williams has a dig from 30 yards, but he gets underneath the ball and the ball clears the bar by a number of yards. Never in danger of troubling Neuer.
Danny Williams is lucky to not receive his marching orders for a two-footed tackle on Jerome Boateng. Inexplicably, there's no booking either.
Sigurdsson brings the ball down beautifully with his chest, before volleying the ball goal-ward. It sails over the bar, but Neuer would have had it covered.
Schweinsteiger puts in a beautiful pass to Gomez, who knocks the ball back to Kroos. Kroos spends too long lining up his shot, and it's charged down by the Hoffenheim defence.
Hoffenheim have started the second half well, looking confident and calm in possession. Bayern's run of wins could be coming to an end here.
Ryan Babel is penalised for a shove on Muller. The Dutchman thinks it was a fair challenge, but it makes no different as the set-piece fails to clear the first man.
And the second half is underway.
The teams are back out and indeed Robben is coming on for Bayern Munich - at Ribery's expense.
And that's half time. It's been a poor half, all in all. Perhaps Bayern Munich should consider bringing on Arjen Robben for the second half.
Thomas Muller is shrugged off the ball by Braafheid with ease. It's been a poor start to the match by Bayern Munich, and Muller in particular has been poor.
Yellow Card Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
Tymoschuk can count himself luck to be on the pitch there, as the Ukrainian comes in with his studs showing, but the referee elects to give the midfielder a booking.
Five minutes until the break and it's still 0-0. Perhaps Hoffenheim have come the closer of the two sides to finding the breakthrough, but in truth, it's been a fairly poor game of few chances.
Badstuber gets back and makes a vital challenge to nick the ball away from Ryan Babel. A really important intervention from the Germany international there.
Last time a team managed by Stanislawski played Bayern at home, the Bavarian side romped to a 8-1 win at St Pauli....
Hoffenheim have a convincing penalty appeal turned down. Sigurdsson gets the ball and tries to wriggle free of van Buyten, who has a fistful of his shirt. Could well have been given.
Beck centres the ball, and Firmino gets his head on to it. The header has nowhere near enough power on it and it's an easy save for Neuer.
Ribery attempts to play a one-two with Gomez, but Rudy nips in and gets the ball away from the Bayern Munich attackers and is promptly fouled by Ribery.
Hoffenheim have kept Bayern very quiet so far. It's been a good start from the hosts, but you still have to fancy the Bavarians to get the victory.
The ball is swung in from the left and Firmino rises highest and glances a header goal-ward. Neuer acrobatically tips it round the post for a corner. Great save from the Germany goalkeeper.
Babel is brought down by Muller and Tymoschuk, and Hoffeinheim have a free-kick in a good position.
Obasi almost makes a key error as he inexplicably dribbles towards his own goal, taking a heavy touch that Gomez looked to capitalise on, but the Hoffenheim man gets back to put it out for a corner, which Bayern promptly waste.
Boateng gets to the by-line, and tries to get the square the ball to the looming Thomas Muller, but Starke gets a hand on the ball before Vorsah hooks the ball off the line to stop the league leaders from going a goal up.
Bayern Munich are starting to press for the first time Tymoschuk plays the ball out to Boateng, who's cross goes straight across the face of goal. A touch from either player would have taken that into the back of the net...
It's another Hoffenheim corner, and van Buyten gets his head to it twice to get the ball away.
It's been a very slow start to the match so far - surprising given the form Bayern Munich have been in.
Hoffenheim have the first corner of the game, but Thomas Muller hoofs the ball clear.
A monster throw-in from the right is aimed towards Thomas Muller, but Starke comes out to claim the ball.
Obasi tries to volley a cross into the middle, but the ball is wild and swings out for a goal kick.
Pretty much every player from both sides has had an early touch of the ball as Thomas Muller runs the ball out of play.
And Bayern Munich have got the game underway....
Meanwhile Bayern Munich have one change from midweek, with Tymoschuk coming in for Luiz Gustavo, leaving them with: Neuer; Rafinha, van Buyten, Boateng, Lahm; Tymoschuk, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Kroos, Ribery; Gomez
The line-ups are in. Hoffenheim start with Starke; Beck, Vorsah, Compper, Braafheid; Rudy, Sigurdsson, Williams; Obasi, Firmino, Babel
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of this Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich. The visitors made the headlines in midweek with their fantastic victory over Manchester City, while Hoffenheim have started their domestic campaign well, and sit six points behind their opponents.
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