Hoffenheim 0-6 Bayern Munich: Win for Bayern but the game has stopped after fans have rolled out banners against Hopp
Bayern München’s six-goal routine from Hoffenheim ends in farce as the two teams pass the ball to each other for the last 10 minutes after players are taken off the field due to protests from fans
- Bayern Munich’s 6-0 win over Hoffenheim fell into chaos on Saturday
- The game was marred by Bayern fans who unveiled banners against Dietmar Hopp
- Hopp is the most important financial benefactor and majority shareholder in Hoffenheim
- Bayern players and manager Hansi Flick reacted furiously to the fans’ protest
- Phillipe Coutinho scored twice and younger Joshua Zirkzee also scored in a win
The demolition of Bayern Munich of Hoffenheim ended in chaos on Saturday when both sets of players passed the ball to each other after protest from the away fans.
The match was ruined in the second half when Bayern fans unfolded their banners against Dietmar Hopp, the main financial benefactor and majority shareholder of Hoffenheim.
Bayern fans produced a banner with the text ‘Dietmar Hopp remains a son of a w ****’. It led Bayern players and manager Hansi Flick to run to their fans and demanded that they take it down for fear that the game would be stopped.
Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim passed the ball among themselves in protest against away fans
The match was interrupted after Bayern fans protested against businessman Dietmar Hopp
Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba begged fans to bring down their banners against him
Thiago also begged the Bayern fans to throw the banner away for fear that the game would be stopped
Bayern chef Karl-Heinz Rummenigge shook Hopp’s hands in the field after the game
After returning to the playing field, another banner was shown with a similar message and that prompted referee Christian Dingert to remove the players from the field.
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 playing field after a short delay but refused to play the remaining 10 minutes.
They simply decided to pass the ball between each other with Hopp on the sidelines applauding next to Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bayern had dominated the first half and scored goals from Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, younger Joshua Zirkzee and Phillipe Coutinho at a 4-0 lead during the break.
The Bayern players had to leave the field after the referee decided to pause the game
Bayern fans held up various banners and burning torches in the stands during Saturday’s game
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
goal scorers: G
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
goal scorers: Gnabry 2, Kimmich 7, Zirkzee 15, Coutinho 33, 47, Goretzka 62
Manager: Hans-Dieter Flick
Referee: Christian Dingert
Coutinho and substitute Leon Goretzka added the second half, but 13 minutes before the end the game was stopped after banners against Hoffenheim’s benefactor Hopp were revealed by the visiting fans.
The players left the field and the Bayern players begged the fans to get rid of the banners, and although the game was restarted, the players agreed not to score in solidarity with Hopp.
Instead, they played kick-ups and handed the ball around in the final minutes.
At the end of the game, Hopp Munich chief Rummenigge shook hands on the field when both players applauded them.
The victory kept Bayern Munich four points ahead of its rivals Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Bayern Munich has increased their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table by beating Hoffenheim
Serge Gnabry opened the score for Bayern by making contact with Thomas Muller’s cross
Joshua Kimmich doubled five minutes later after trying to shoot into the corner
The targets continued to flow as Joshua Zirkzee checked Gnabry’s cross before moving home
Phillipe Coutinho completed a dominant first half display with a deflected fourth
Coutinho then swept a second home with Bayern’s first attack of the second half
Substitute Leon Goretzka then came into action by brutally completing a nice flowing movement