Tonight was more than just three points for Bayern Munich. It was a night to remember Franz Beckenbauer, a giant of German and world football.
The Allianz Arena held a bittersweet tension, both mourning and celebrating the life of their legend. Maybe that seeped into Bayern’s early play, which felt uncharacteristically sluggish. Still, the magic of Jamal Musiala shone through once again.
In the 18th minute, he conjured up a moment of brilliance, weaving through defenders and unleashing a shot that beat Oliver Baumann off the post. It was a fitting opener, showcasing the talent that Beckenbauer himself would have admired.
Bayern dominated possession, but despite Musiala’s goal, clear-cut chances were scarce. Hoffenheim even threatened an equalizer before the break, with Neuer, making his 500th appearance for the club, pulling off a string of crucial saves.
The second half was a breathless affair. Musiala hit the post for Bayern, while Neuer continued his heroics against Max Beier and Andrej Kramarić. Just when Hoffenheim thought they might snatch a point, Musiala struck again. His quick feet opened space, a one-two with Leroy Sané created the opportunity, and a cool finish past Baumann sealed the win.
Hoffenheim’s night unraveled further with a red card for Grischa Prömel, and Bayern even had time for a late flourish. Harry Kane, equaling Robert Lewandowski’s record with his 22nd goal of the season, blasted in a beauty to end the contest.
It wasn’t Bayern’s most fluid performance, but it was a win, a night to remember Beckenbauer, and another reminder of the brilliance that Jamal Musiala possesses. For Hoffenheim, the misery continues, with only one win in their last eight league matches.