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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 30,150) 2nd November 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Welz

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich Bay Munich

Hoffenheim 1

N Sule (34)

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Bay Munich 2

M Mandzukic (39)
T Muller (75)

36 unbeaten for Bayern Munich

Last Updated: 02/11/13 4:43pm

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Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer catches under pressure

Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer catches under pressure

Bayern Munich came from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 and equal a league record of 36 consecutive games without defeat.

Niklas Sule became Hoffenheim's youngest-ever goalscorer when he opened the scoring in the first half, but Franck Ribery brought Bayern level six minutes before the break with a free-kick which took a deflection off team-mate Mario Mandzukic on its way in.

Thomas Muller then snatched victory for Bayern with 15 minutes to go as the Bavarians returned to the top of the Bundesliga.

Mario Gotze made his first start for Bayern since August with Javi Martinez making his first start of the season in the Bayern midfield.

Martinez's first intervention was to clear the ball away from Roberto Firmino, but he also caught the Hoffenheim forward as he entered the area in the 12th minute, although the home side's appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears.

Philipp Lahm was back in his favoured right full-back position, but months as a midfielder had clearly changed his outlook and he led Bayern's first attack minutes later. However, he failed to thread the ball inside Koen Casteels' near post.

Casteels then produced a fine save to deny Muller minutes later as Bayern started to gain control of the game.

Gotze had appeals for a penalty turned down before Martinez guided Bastian Schweinsteiger's free-kick wide from close range.

Having weathered the storm, Hoffenheim broke to take the lead in the 34th minute.

Sule timed the first goal of his career to perfection, taking advantage of Manuel Neuer's flap at a corner to tuck the ball in at the far post.

Kevin Volland almost added a second in Hoffenheim's next attack, turning past Dante before seeing his shot deflected into the side-netting by the recovering Brazilian. He also tested Neuer as Hoffenheim piled the pressure on the visitors, who were suddenly unable to get out of their own half.

When they did, they levelled.

Ribery's free-kick took a telling deflection off Mandzukic to wrong-foot Casteels, although the Frenchman will have every right to claim the goal for himself.

Any thoughts that Bayern would go on to claim a comfortable win after that goal proved premature, with Hoffenheim coming out boldly in the second half and almost re-taking the lead with a Volland shot that came close to sneaking inside Neuer's near post.

Bayern only need a sniff of goal to score, though, and they went in front with 15 minutes left when Hoffenheim failed to clear their lines. Ribery nudged the ball through to the unmarked Muller, who scored from five yards out to complete the turnaround.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15