Muller and Neuer doubtful as Bayern battle injury problems before Dortmund

Janie Parker
April 7, 2017

The Bavarians have a gruelling fixture list of nine games in 29 days in April, including playing Real Madrid home and away in their mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final.

It was also only their second defeat in 27 German league games, but they still hold a 13-point lead in the table.

"I said we had to be fearless, which we had, but we also played the better football".

Despite a plethora of attacking options on his bench, Bayern coach Ancelotti kept faith with the starting XI at the start of the second half.

Hoffenheim took advantage of Bayern's changes by dominating the opening half and took a deserved lead on 21 minutes.

The hosts had goalkeeper Oliver Baumann to thank in the second half, after he pulled off a string of saves from Lewandowski and substitute Franck Ribery.

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Dortmund still hung around, though, finishing 3rd in '01 and winning their third league title in '02, jumping Leverkusen on the penultimate matchday and edging third-place Bayern by just 2 points in an epic title race.

Nevertheless, the hosts cut a better figure in front of the goal area as Aubameyang outpaced Albin Ekdal in a square pass into the path of Shinji Kagawa, who tapped in at the far post in the 81st minute.

Elsewhere, Bremen secured their third win in a row after crushing Schalke 3-0 while Cologne edged Eintracht Frankfurt, who are still waiting for a win after five games.

Hamburg 'keeper Rene Adler got the better of Aubameyang in a one-on-one early before Dortmund counterpart Roman Buerki did likewise to Bobby Wood at the other end.

Kramaric's long-range strike midway through the first half proved enough for Hoffenheim to break their duck against the below-par champions at the 18th attempt. Germany striker Max Kruse converted a penalty before 20-year-old midfielder Maximilian Eggestein made it 3-0 with a header to finish off a counter.

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