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Flick hammered! The Opta numbers behind Bayern´s record run and Hoffenheim thrashing

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 27 Sep 2020

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Bayern Munich’s 32-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on Sunday, with Hoffenheim remarkably emerging 4-1 winners. 

The Bundesliga champions, in their defence, came into this match having played 120 minutes against Sevilla in the Super Cup on Thursday. 

Hansi Flick rested some of his players, with Robert Lewandowski among those starting on the bench, though it was still a strong XI. 

Hoffenheim were the more threatening for much of the game and went into the break 2-1 up – Ermin Bicakcic and Munas Dabbur opening up a 2-0 lead before a lovely Joshua Kimmich strike saw Bayern pull one back. 

Despite the visitors’ control of possession, they failed to restore parity and a late brace from the in-form Andrej Kramaric consigned Bayern’s unbeaten run to history. 

Below, we have taken a look at some of the key Opta facts from Bayern’s streak, as well as Sunday’s stunning defeat…

Unprecedented – Before Sunday, Bayern had won 23 successive matches across all competitions. No German club has done better since the Bundesliga’s formation in 1963. 

Goals aplenty – While they may have only scored one against Hoffenheim, Bayern netted 108 times across their unbeaten run. That’s 3.4 per match. 

Hoarding the silverware – Since the start of Bayern’s streak, they have won the Bundesliga title, DFB-Pokal, Champions League and Super Cup. 

Winning habit – Of the 32 matches in their unbeaten sequence, Bayern won 31 times. The only game they did not win was the 0-0 draw against RB Leipzig in February. 

Early complacency? – This is the earliest defeat Bayern have suffered in a Bundesliga season since losing to Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday one of the 2011-12 campaign. 

Flick flops – This defeat is, unsurprisingly, the first time in Flick’s reign that Bayern have conceded four goals in a single match. 

Battering Kram – Kramaric was Bayern’s tormentor-in-chief, scoring twice. That took his tally to 12 in his past five matches in all competitions. 

Bayern get the Hoff – Since the start of 2017, Hoffenheim have now beaten Bayern four times in the Bundesliga, more than any other team. 

Record prevention – Bayern were hoping to claim an 11th successive away win in the Bundesliga, which would have set a new record for the division. 

Back to square one – Bayern had won each of their previous 14 Bundesliga matches. Only twice before (both Bayern) had a side enjoyed longer winning streaks – 15 across 2004-05 and 2005-06, and 19 – the record – in 2013-14. 

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