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Bayern beat Hoffenheim, equal Bundesliga record

AFP, BERLIN

Hoffenheim ’keeper Koen Casteels, left, challenges Bayern Munich’s Thomas Mueller during their match on Saturday at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany.

Photo: EPA

Bayern Munich equaled the record for the longest unbeaten run in the history of the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The hard fought result was enough to extend their remarkable record of not having lost a top-flight game in more than a year.

In doing so, they have equaled the all-time Bundesliga record of 36 matches unbeaten set by Hamburg in 1982-1983.

Bayern can go on and own the record outright by avoiding defeat against Augsburg next weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side trailed at the Rhein-Neckar Arena in Sinsheim when Niklas Suele converted in the 34th minute after Manuel Neuer made a hash of a corner.

However, the visitors were level inside five minutes when Franck Ribery’s free-kick took a huge deflection off Mario Mandzukic to trump Koen Casteels in the home goal.

Thomas Mueller secured the win with a quarter of an hour left when he tucked the ball in after a flurry of shots and rebounds in the Hoffenheim area.

Meanwhile, Bayer 04 Leverkusen were beaten 1-0 at struggling Eintracht Braunschweig, a result that leaves them third, on 25 points, three behind Dortmund.

Borussia Moenchengladbach are fourth with 19 points, after a 2-0 win at Hamburg SV, the goals in either half coming from Max Kruse.

SC Freiburg enjoyed their first win of the season, a 3-0 victory at fellow strugglers Nuremberg.

Schalke 04 earned a 2-0 win at Hertha BSC, while Eintracht Frankfurt lost 1-2 at home to Wolfsburg.

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