Say it with highlights as Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 3-0 at home; The Bundesliga returned from the winter break, Jamal Musiala scored twice for the players; Harry Kane added a third after Grischa Promel was sent off
Author Joe Shread, @JoeShreadSky
21:57, UK, Friday 12 January 2024
Jamal Musiala’s superb performance inspired Bayern Munich to beat Hoffenheim 3-0 as the champions closed the gap on leaders Bayer Leverkusen to just one point.
Bayern went into the winter break holding the shirt of Xabi Alonso’s pacesetters but were able to seize the opportunity to play in front of their rivals when the Bundesliga returned from the winter break on Friday night.
After paying tribute to Franz Beckenbauer – the former Bayern player and manager who died earlier this month – Thomas Tuchel’s team held a moment of silence for an hour but opened the scoring when Musiala’s powerful effort from the tight side beat Hoffenheim’s Oliver Baumann.
Musiala added the second after turning in Raphael Guerreiro’s low ball, before Grischa Promel was sent off for a second yellow card.
That dismissal ended the competition, meaning all that was left was for Harry Kane to score his 22nd goal in 16 Bundesliga games as his incredible form continued.
How Musiala stole the show for Bayern
The record has been falling since Kane moved to Bayern in the summer and he equaled another milestone on Friday, equaling Robert Lewandowski’s record for most goals scored in a Bundesliga first half.
Kane still has one game to beat his predecessor as Bayern’s number 9, the England captain and team-mates host Union Berlin on Sunday January 21 in their 17th Bundesliga match.
The 30-year-old was determined to score his first goal of 2024, beating Baumann with seven shots before finding the net as the game drew to a close.
Kane’s goal sent Bayern into a frenzy, paying tribute to the late Beckenbauer – who won 15 major honors as a player and manager in Munich – before kick-off.
That was preceded by a quiet first half inspired by Musiala tricking Baumann into the net, although the ‘keeper redeemed himself by running to deny Guerreiro from scoring Bayern’s second.
The second half made up for the lack of excitement provided in the opening period, Musiala hitting the post before Konrad Laimer and Alphonso Davies denied in quick succession.
Bayern looked close to doubling their advantage but Manuel Neuer was suddenly forced to save from Maximilian Beier and Andrej Kramaric.
Beier then cut the bar as Hoffenheim threatened to rip up the script, but Musiala came out again to calm the hosts’ nerves at the right time.
Promel’s late delivery on Mathys Tel sucked the life out of Hoffenheim, Kane’s inevitable goal before 2024 for Tuchel and his players.
History of Bayern Munich next game is at home to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Sunday January 21, continue Sky Sports – from 2.30pm.
Professionals are welcome Union Berlin to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday January 24, continue Sky Sports – from 7.30pm.
Hoffenheim he will work on Saturday January 20 when he leaves Freiburg in the Bundesliga – it will start at 2.30pm. Pellegrino’s side Matarazzo is in charge Heidenheim Saturday January 27; from 2.30pm.