May 24, 2024

Bayern Munich, with 10 men, defeated Hoffenheim 3-0, with Jamal Musiala giving Bayern the vital advantage even though Harry Kane tied Robert Lewandowski’s half-season Bundesliga goalscoring record.

In extra time, the England striker scored with a left-footed shot from 12 yards, matching the player whose number nine shirt he had inherited after moving from Tottenham in the summer. It was his 22nd goal in 16 appearances. Kane now has his home game against Werder Bremen the following week to exceed Lewandowski’s total at the midpoint of the season.

But on a night when the legendary Franz Beckenbauer of Bayern Munich was honored with many tributes, including a banner reading “Danke Franz” outside the stadium, Musiala, a 20-year-old international for Germany, lit up the Allianz Arena and got his team to within one point of leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

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With the first of his two goals, the German champions broke their own Bundesliga record, which they had held between 1970 and 1974. They have now scored in 65 straight home league games.

On a night of half-chances and lost opportunities, Musiala secured the win in the first half with a shot from a narrow angle that goalkeeper Oliver Baumann could have handled better. Musiala then converted a simpler effort in the 70th minute.

The visitors’ hopes of mounting a late comeback were dashed when Grischa Promel was sent off in the 74th minute for a second yellow card. However, that seemed improbable given that they had failed to capitalize on their only real opportunity of the game, which came midway through the second half when Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer celebrated his 500th club appearance with two outstanding saves.

Before kickoff, there was quiet, and all of Bayern’s players donned Beckenbauer’s number five for the warm-up. Their match shirts also said “Danke Franz.”

The hosts struggled to produce much once play started, and in the eighteenth minute, they seized the lead with their first shot.

Hoffenheim made the mistake of switching off when Bayern quickly won a corner, which gave Leroy Sane the opportunity to find Musiala in space and past Baumann at the far post at the tightest of angles.

It was Hoffenheim’s 12th match without a clean sheet and Bayern’s 50th league goal in their 16th game.

The only surprise was the home side’s failure to press home their dominance, the winter break appearing to have dulled their invention as all they could muster was a Raphael Guerreiro effort, teed up by Kane, which was comfortably turned around the post.

Hoffenheim’s best of limited opportunities saw Andrej Kramaric’s shot easily caught by Neuer.

Ten minutes after the break, Kane thought he had set up Sane for Bayern’s second goal, but it was called out for offside against the England captain, who seemed to be one of Bayern’s biggest threats as his shot narrowly missed.

Bayern started to apply more pressure as Konrad Laimer and Alphonso Davies were both stopped by Baumann after Musiala struck the post from a distance. Thomas Muller was unable to score on the rebound.

However, they nearly paid a heavy price as Neuer had to make two outstanding saves, one to deny a close-range header from Maximilian Beier and the other to stop Kramaric as he raced through on goal.

Even after Beier’s volley beat Neuer, the ball struck the crossbar, which would end up costing extra.

After Sane’s return ball was converted, Musiala doubled his score, and Kane scored his usual goal late in the game.

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