Bayern Munich’s six-goal rout of Hoffenheim ends in farce as the two teams pass the ball to each other for the final 10 minutes after players were taken off the pitch due to protests from away fans
- Bayern Munich’s 6-0 victory over Hoffenheim descended into chaos on Saturday
- The game was marred by Bayern fans unveiling banners against Dietmar Hopp
- Hopp is Hoffenheim’s chief financial benefactor and majority shareholder
- Bayern players and manager Hansi Flick reacted furiously to the fans’ protest
- Phillipe Coutinho scored twice and youngster Joshua Zirkzee also netted in win
Bayern Munich’s demolition of Hoffenheim ended in chaos on Saturday when both sets of players passed the ball to each other following a protest by the away fans.
The game was marred in the second half when Bayern fans unfurled banners against Dietmar Hopp, Hoffenheim’s chief financial benefactor and majority shareholder.
Bayern fans produced a banner that read ‘Dietmar Hopp remains a son of a w****’. It lead to Bayern players and manager Hansi Flick to run over to their fans and demand they take it down for fear of the game being abandoned.
Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim passed the ball among themselves in protest at away fans
The game was interrupted after Bayern fans protested against businessman Dietmar Hopp
Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba pleaded with fans to take down their banners against him
Thiago also begged the Bayern fans to ditch the banner in fear the game would be abandoned
Hoffenheim (4-2-3-1): Baumann; Rudy, Nordtveit, Hubner, Zuber (Kramaric 45); Grillitsch, Samassekou (Akpoguma 73); Skov, Baumgartner, Bruun Larsen (Ribeiro 30); Bebou
Subs not used: Kaderabek, Bicakcic, Pentke, Beier, Posch
Manager: Alfred Schreuder
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Pavard, Boateng (Tolisso 45), Alaba, Davies (L. Hernandez 63); Kimmich, Thiago; Gnabry, Muller (Goretzka 56), Coutinho; Zirkzee
Subs not used: Odriozola, Martinez, Cuisance, Ulreich, Batista Meier
Goalscorers: Gnabry 2, Kimmich 7, Zirkzee 15, Coutinho 33, 47, Goretzka 62
Manager: Hans-Dieter Flick
Referee: Christian Dingert
After returning to the field of play, another banner was displayed with a similar message and that prompted referee Christian Dingert to take the players off the pitch.
The Bayern players continued to plead with their supporters while directors Hermann Gerland and Hasan Salihamidzic also got involved.
Both sets of players returned to the field of play after a short delay but refused to play the remaining 10 minutes. They decided just to pass the ball between themselves with Hopp stood on the touchline applauding alongside Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bayern had dominated the first half and goals from Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, youngster Joshua Zirkzee and Phillipe Coutinho put them into a 4-0 lead at half time.
Coutinho and substitute Leon Goretzka added second-half strikes but 13 minutes before the end, the game was halted after banners against Hoffenheim’s benefactor Hopp were unveiled by the visiting fans.
The players went off the pitch and the Bayern players begged the fans to put the banners away, and although the game was restarted the players agreed not to score in solidarity with Hopp.
Instead, they played kick-ups and passed the ball around in the final minutes.
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Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table by thrashing Hoffenheim
Serge Gnabry opened the scoring for Bayern by connecting with Thomas Muller’s cross
Joshua Kimmich doubled their lead five minutes later after arrowing an effort into the corner
The goals continued to flow as Joshua Zirkzee controlled Gnabry’s cross before sliding home
Phillipe Coutinho rounded off a dominant first-half display with a deflected fourth
Coutinho then swept home a second with Bayern’s first attack of the second half
Substitute Leon Goretzka then got in on the act by impudently finishing a fine flowing move
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