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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 30,150) 3rd March 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: T Kinhofer

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich Bay Munich

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Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes was delighted with the win over Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 04/03/13 11:35am

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Jupp Heynckes: 'Very tough game'

Jupp Heynckes: 'Very tough game'

Jupp Heynckes was delighted with the way Bayern Munich "rolled up their sleeves" to beat Hoffenheim.

Some 44 points separated the two teams at kick-off and 47 were between them come the final whistle, but the gap seemed far smaller during a combative 90 minutes at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

"It was a very tough game," said Heynckes. "Our opponents are in the thick of it and they played with an amazing level of courage, aggression and energy.

"We had to work hard for this win. It was not classy, but we still get three points for it.

"You can't score three or five goals every weekend. We had to roll up our sleeves."

Mario Gomez scored the decisive goal just before half-time for a Bayern side which had several changes, including former Hoffenheim goalkeeper Tom Starke making his debut in the Bayern goal.

He helped Bayern set a new league record of 583 minutes without conceding away from home, and said it was to be expected that his side would struggle.

"You've got to win dirty sometimes," he said on Bayern's website. "Hoffenheim played well, but we made the breakthrough in the end and got the three points."

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 16 31
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 16 27
4 Bayer Leverkusen 16 27
5 Schalke 16 26
6 FC Augsburg 16 24
7 Hoffenheim 16 23
8 Hannover 96 16 23
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 22
10 Cologne 16 19
11 Mainz 17 18
12 SC Paderborn 07 16 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 16 16
15 Stuttgart 16 16
16 Borussia Dortmund 16 15
17 SC Freiburg 16 14
18 Werder Bremen 16 14

Match Reaction

Heynckes happy with Bayern

Heynckes happy with Bayern

Jupp Heynckes was delighted with the way Bayern Munich "rolled up their sleeves" to beat Hoffenheim.