Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Bayern injuries a major concern ahead of Dortmund clash

Bayern injuries a major concern ahead of Dortmund clash

Runaway leaders Bayern Munich suffered only their second Bundesliga defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 at surprise package Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

This was Hoffenheim's first win over Bayern at the 18th attempt. Bremen took a first-half lead when Zlatko Junuzovic's superb long ball was headed in by defender Theodor Gebre Selassie.

Following the Hoffenheim goal, Bayern Munich responded strongly with a number of chances against Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

Hoffenheim dominated the first half, but Bayern came close to levelling on the stroke of half-time when Robert Lewandowski saw his effort hit the crossbar.

Second-placed RB Leipzig can now trim Bayern's massive lead at Mainz on Wednesday.

Lewandowski has seven goals in eight Champions League appearances this season.

It didn't look like it would be the Gabon striker's day, however, after a game of near misses. We only conceded one or two chances, which is in itself an incredible achievement against Bayern.

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Gonzalo Castro fired the home side ahead with a free kick, before Hamburg regrouped.

But Aubameyang set up Shinji Kagawa to seal it in the final 10 minutes and then grabbed his own to ensure he scored for the seventh consecutive game in all competitions.

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.

Hamburg are only just clear of the relegation places, but are unbeaten in their last four league games after Lewis Holtby scored their 92nd-minute victor in Saturday's 2-1 victory against Cologne.

Theodor Gabre Selassie headed the home side in front midway through the first half.

"It was hard in the second half, but we got ourselves in front of every shot".

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