This Sunday, Bayern Munich and Manchester City teams starred in surprises of epic dimensions and that certainly will not have made the delights of many gamblers. Against Hoffenheim, Hansi Flick got his first defeat at the 33rd game as a Bavarian coach. Guardiola saw his team score first and go down 2-5 at home to the seductive Leicester City.
BAYERN LOST INVINCIBILITY AFTER 33 GAMES
After winning the European Super Cup last Thursday in Budapest against Sevilla, Bayern had the task of physically recovering from a demanding 120 minutes to attack the second victory in two Bundesliga matches, where they are widely favored to revalidate the title of national champions.
The task, even for the recent head to head historic against Hoffenheim (five wins and one defeat in the last six matches), seemed relatively easy (at Bet365, the champion’s victory paid 1.20). Pure mistake.
The vision of what was about to happen began in the 16th minute, with a seemingly harmless Hoffenheim goal after a poor approach from the Bayern team in a defensive corner kick.
New carelessness in the forbidden zone, just eight minutes later, led to 2-0 and even the biggest of believers were already beginning to frown, as if predicting a complicated task to perform a turnaround.
Something that also the bookmakers thought it was likely to happen, since they were winning by 2-0 in live, but still paying over 2.00.
With his team struggling to create chances, Hans-Dieter Flick saw Kimmich score a beautiful goal (36′) and make it apparently easy to recover in the second half.
After the demanding match against Sevilla, Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretza only came off the bench near the hour of play, and although Bayern had more ball and presence in the attacking midfield, the difficulty to create chances persisted.
It all got hopelessly more complicated in the 77th minute, with Croatian Kramaric scoring the 3-1 after Hoffenheim having several chances to extend their advantage.
The scandal would come near the final whistle, in added time, with Neuer’s comitted penalty after Sebastian Hoeness’s team new transition. Called to convert, Kramaric scored his second in the match and gave Hoffenheim’ afternoon an even brighter color..
33 games without a loss and 23 wins in a row after, the European and German champions Bayern crashed out in what was Hansi Flick’s first defeat at the helm of the Munich team.
MANCHESTER CITY CONCEDES HOME ‘MANITA
After the sweaty win at the pitch of the Lusitanian team of Wolves, Manchester City made their first championship match at home looking to maintain their 100% victorious record, already after beating Bournemouth, in the midweek, in a qualifying round for the EFL Cup.
With odds of 1.32 to overtake Leicester City (who had won in six of the last seven matches for the Premier League), Manchester City even started the game well, scoring in the fourth minute through Mahrez.
Owner and boss of the match, without allowing the “foxes” great pretensions, Guardiola’s team would end up surprised already close to half time, with Jamie Vardy tying the match through a “penalty” after winning it, in a very astute way, in a duel inside the area with Kyle Walker.
For the second half, it was expected a strong reaction from the “citizens”, because to start already stumbling in a year in which they seek to regain the title would be anything but the desired … and the expected.
Before the first 10 minutes of the complementary stage were over, the lethal Jamie Vardy would once again stand out, this time with a classy finish after a counterattack conducted, ultimately, by Castagne (recently hired from Atalanta) on the right side of the attack.
Trying to dissolve the handicap to go in search of a turnaround, something that Leicester had already achieved after conceding an early goal, Manchester City did not even have time to rebox the pieces, with a new “penalty” wisely won by Vardy, now committed by Eric Garcia.
With Vardy’s tremendous “hat-trick” achieved but with the match still open, since the 1-3 came with 58 minutes on the scoreboard, there was still time for three more goals, from James Maddison (1-4; what a class!), Nathan Aké (2-4) and Tielemans (2-5), in the third penalty of the afternoon for Leicester.
…HOURS AWAY FROM RECEIVING RÚBEN DAYS
It is not yet official, but the deal has already been publicly assumed by Benfica‘s own central defender and even by Jorge Jesus, in the “post-match” of the Moreirense (2-0) win.
Rúben Dias will already have a closed deal to head to Manchester City – who really needs to strengthen the axis of their back line, having an excellent option here, for the ability he already shows, but also for the potential he still has – which should send Nicolás Otamendi in the package to the Estádio da Luz.
To the pass of the Argentinean international, with a past linked to the red’s rival FC Porto, should be added an amount between 50 and 65 million euros, according to the reference values mentioned by the sports press in the last hours.
CONCEDED DRAW AFTER VAR REVIEW IN THE LAST MINUTE LED MOURINHO TO DESPAIR
And since we’re in for surprises, why not include Tottenham‘s last-gasp home draw against Newcastle (1-1), in a match where the spurs were even far superior overall?
The 1-0 lead at halftime was short for the offensive flow and the opportunities created by both teams in the first half and also in the second half, although it did not reach the last third as strongly, Tottenham could have extended their advantage.
But like the old football saying, those who don’t score end up conceding, and it still makes sense these days, as Newcastle would even reach the draw and in an absolutely dramatic way.
After the match referee’s review of a play that much controversy has raised in the last hours in England, by Eric Dier’s handball, the English forward Callum Wilson successfully scored the penalty and… threw José Mourinho to the locker room, alone, even before the final whistle.
PORNOGRAPHIC ODDS EASILY WON
It’s easy to tell that many of the multiple bets with several teams, made in a recreational way, will have been frustrated by the first two big upsets of this 2020/21 season in European football…
…but also an alert to reinforce the prudence and security of our stakes and banking, even more at such an early stage of the championships, where we are still looking to consolidate knowledge about the teams.