TSG Hoffenheim 0 – Bayern Munich 0


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Nigeria World Cup winger CHINDU OBASI (20) of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG, used both on the right and in the center at the back by table-topping Bayern Munich since his arrival from English Premier League club Manchester City this summer, race for the ball during the scoreless Bundesliga draw at the sold-out Rhein Neckar Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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10/1/2010
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 8

0 – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
0 – Bayern Munich

The visiting league leaders, perhaps feeling the effects of the emotional and important victory in Europe earlier this week, clearly looked tired as high-flying BAYERN MUNICH were held to a scoreless draw by a determined TSG 1899 HOFFENHEIM side in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG was perhaps unlucky not to score his first-ever goal for Bayern Munich in the 17th minute. The off-season acquisition from Manchester City costing 13.5 million Euros saw his shot from the right squirt through TSG Hoffenheim goalkeeper TOM STARKE and continue towards the unguarded net. But Ghana World Cup defender ISSAC VORSAH arrived just in time to hook the ball off the line and save the Baden-Wuerttemberg club.

The hosts might have gone to the lead in the 22nd minute but Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER, who stretched his shutout string for the Bavarian club to eleven consecutive matches in all competitions this season, turned a dangerous header from TSG Hoffenheim defender MARVIN COMPPER around the post with a diving save of absolute world-class quality.

TSG Hoffenheim, who outshot their guests by a wide margin over the course of the game, also had a first half penalty claim later turned down after Bayern Munich’s Belgium international defender DANIEL VAN BUYTEN tugged on the shirt of Iceland international attacker GLYLFI SIGURDSSON, the leading goal-scorer for the Baden-Wuerttemberg club last season, inside the box.

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“Deadlock of Dueling Dutchman” — A pair of Holland World Cup players from the squad that progressed all the way to the Final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa, winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich and defender EDSON BRAAFHEID (28) of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, compete for the ball during the Bundesliga match before a capacity crowd at the Rhein Neckar Arena in southwestern Germany.
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Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYCNKES exchanged France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY with Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN to start the second half, but neither of the two players whom the Bavarians had purchased for 50.0 million Euros combined were able any influence on the contest with modest TSG Hoffenheim.

Heynckes also took off last season’s Bundesliga Torjaegermeister, Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, in the 58th minute. Although Gomez leads Bayern Munich this season with 12 goals in all competitions including the brace against Manchester City in midweek, it must be said that the 26-year-old appeared to be a bit tired and lacking energy. Taking the place of Gomez was the 19-year-old Austria international winger DAVID ALABA, one of two former TSG Hoffenheim players sent on in the second half for Bayern Munich by Heynckes.

Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER appeared to have scored for Bayern Munich in the 70th minute but the goal was correctly disallowed for a clear offsides violation but after that the visitors appeared to be content with the point on the road in the Bundesliga.

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Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich, the summer acquisition from Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen who has now posted seven straight shutouts in the Bundesliga, secures a high ball under pressure from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s Holland World Cup striker RYAN BABEL (10) during the scoreless match at the sold-out Rhein Neckar Arena in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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TSG HOFFENHEIM : Starke – Beck, Vorsah, Compper, Braafheid – Rudy, Williams (Kaiser 69′) – Obasi, Firmino (Musona 73′), Babel – Sigurdsson (Schipplock 85′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Boateng, van Buyten (Luiz Gustavo 75′), Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos, Ribery (Robben 46′) – Gomez (Alaba 58′)

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