German champions Bayern Munich returned to the Bundesliga summit on Saturday with a 2-1 comeback win against Hoffenheim thanks to a timely late goal from Thomas Mueller.
With the result at Rhein-Neckar Arena, the Bavarians extended their unbeaten streak in the league to 36 games, tied for the all-time record. They haven’t lost since last October.
After Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was caught out and fumbled a 34th minute corner kick to concede the game’s opening goal to 18-year-old starlet Niklas Sule and Mario Manzukic helped on a Frank Ribery free kick for the 40th minute equalizer, Mueller was on hand in the 75th minute to find the fortuitous winner.
Hoffenheim doddled on the ball inside its own half and was caught in possession. The ball came to Javi Martinez, who played on to Ribery, and the Frenchman spotted Mueller and his Pride Blue/Running White/Orange adidas Predator LZs for the simple sweep in at the far post.
The reigning UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga kings now can count nine wins and two draws for the opening 11 league matches and sit one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund and four clear of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the table.
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola admitted that his side was lucky to take the three points, but the best teams are ruthless and only need the slightest suggestion of a scoring chance to change the fortunes of a match. They might not have dominated on Saturday, but Bayern Munich sure has the look of a champion this season.