Bayern held to a draw at Hoffenheim


BAYERN Munich was only able to draw 1-1 when they traveled to Hoffenheim in the match week 26 of the Bundesliga at PreZero Arena, Saturday (12/3).

The hosts took the lead through Christoph Baumgartner’s first-half goal before Robert Lewandowski equalized just before half-time.

The draw did not affect Bayern’s position at the top of the Bundesliha standings with 60 points, while Hoffenheim are fifth with 44 points.

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Bayern appear more dominating, both from possession and threats to the opponent’s goal. However, the hosts managed to take the lead in the 32nd minute.

David Raum’s low cross from the left was met by Christoph Baumgartner at the far post with his feet. The ball went into the left corner of the Bayern goal and outwit goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The score became 1-0.

Bayern tried to equalize and this effort only paid off in first-half injury time, to be precise at 45+3 minutes. Joshua Kimmich’s corner was successfully headed by Robert Lewandowski to break into Oliver Baumann’s goal. The first half ended with the score 1-1.

The goal was Lewandowski’s 29th in the Bundesliga this season.

In the second half, each team attacked each other. Bayern almost scored a second goal in the 55th minute through Leroy Sane’s effort, capitalizing on Serge Gnabry’s cross. However, Baumann can still brush it off.

In the 58th minute, Hoffenheim got a chance through Andrej Kramaric’s experiment with a scheme that was not much different. Now it’s Neuer’s turn to save the net.

Bayern again almost scored in the 68th minute. Gnabry counterattacked after taking the ball. He dribbled into the opponent’s defense area then released a low shot that only hit the goal post.

Thomas Mueller also almost scored in the 73rd minute, but his shot was blocked by Stefan Posch on the goal line. Lewandowski tried to find a wild ball, but Baumann was faster to save it.

The 1-1 score lasted until the referee blew the long whistle signaling the end of the match. (Ant/OL-1)