Bayern Munich got off to a tremendous start to their Bundesliga 2015/16 season winning 5-0 against Hamburg. The defending champions though were in for a surprise when the came up against Hoffenheim in their second league fixture. German striker Kevin Volland would put Hoffenheim ahead in a flying start to the game as he scored from a poor Bayern pass within 9 seconds.
Volland’s quickfire goal makes him the joint fastest goalscorer in the Bundesliga along with Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi who scored in the same time last season against Borussia Dortmund. The incredible thing about Hoffenheim’s goal was that it was scored from a Bayern kickoff as the ball made its way back to David Alaba who overhit his pass to Mehdi Benatia. The Moroccan defender was slow to react to the misplaced pass but the 23-year-old striker was alert and latched onto the ball and put it past Manuel Neuer within the blink of an eye.
While Bellarabi’s goal was a series of passes and some skill that earned him the chance that he put away, Volland’s instinctive run and finish gave him the edge over Bayern’s defence. Moreover, the German striker faced a world class goalkeeper in the massive shape of Manuel Neuer but his quick shot beat the world-class keeper all ends up as the ball was slotted into the corner of his net. There was little the custodian could ahve done as the error took everyone by surprise, the Hoffenheim striker was simply the first to respond and was rewarded for his enterprise with a goal.
Pep Guardiola will not be pleased by the careless passing at the back from his defensive line-up but at least the early goal gave the Bavarians plenty of time to recover. As they did, they scored an equaliser through Thomas Muller at the end of the first half.
The defending champions would be reduced to 10 men around the 70 minute mark with the sending off of Jerome Boateng. The German defender received his first yellow card for bringing down Volland on the edge of the Bayern box and his second came from the subsequent freekick as he handled the ball in the box. Hoffenheim crashed their penalty against the post though allowing Lewandowski to win the game for Bayern 2-1 in the dying minutes of the game.
Watch Volland’s goal here: (first goal of the three)
Bellarabi's goal against Dortmund: