Bayern Munich failed to win for the first time in 20 matches and lost Thiago to injury after a thrilling 3-3 draw with goal-hungry Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena.
It was the first match following the Championship-winning match in Berlin on Tuesday that secured their 24th league title.
But with Manchester United on their mind, Pep Guardiola dipped into his squad pool for the welcome of Hoffenheim who are the second highest scorers in the league.
Yet, the attacking too-and-fro made this one a fantastic spectacle. Anthony Modeste put the away side ahead, but three goals in nine minutes from Claudio Pizarro – a double – and Xherdan Shaqiri gave the hosts a strong lead.
But Sejad Salihovic hit his ninth goal direct from a free-kick on the stroke of the interval and Roberto Firmino, who signed a deal this week keeping him at the club until 2017, struck in the second half.
Hoffenheim put together a combative first 15 minutes. Volland was the man firing his efforts at goal as they racked up more shots – albeit from long-range – than the Bavarians in that time.
And, perhaps, deserved, they were ahead by 22 minutes. Roberto Firmino’s through ball sent Modeste in one-on-one with Tom Starke and the Frenchman finished for his 12th of the season.
It was going downhill for Guardiola as he was forced into a substitution minutes later with Thiago Alcantara being replaced by Philipp Lahm.
Soon, though, matters were reversed. Modeste came off injured on 26 minutes and Bayern were level when the striker was off the field.
Claudio Pizarro got the first goal – adding to his record-breaking league and appearance tally – and three minutes later, he turned provider, laying off to Shaqiri who curled home instinctively.
The Peruvian striker missed a golden opportunity two minutes later with Hoffenheim in a funk.
After 40 minutes, Bayern added a third goal with Shaqiri racing clear on the counter-attack, introducing Franck Ribery who picked out Pizarro beautifully for his second of the game at the front-post.
It was a destructive 10 minute spell from the German champions – but they were far from convincing.
A minute before the break, Starke couldn’t keep out Salihovic’s brilliant left-foot free-kick which curled around the far-side of the ball and into the top corner.
Guardiola was left concerned by Thiago’s injury as the news emerged at the break that the Spaniard will undergo scans at a Munich hospital.
But neither side took the game to the opposition in the second half as Pep shuffled his pack with Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben making cameo appearances.
Yet, it was Hoffenheim who struck with 15 minutes remaining to salvage a point from their visit to Munich.
Germany international Reus was in scintillating form after Stuttgart shocked visitors Dortmund, who play Real Madrid in the Champions League last eight, with two goals in the opening 19 minutes to take a firm grip on the game.
Christian Gentner put them ahead and Martin Harnik doubled their lead from point blank after a fine solo effort from Ibrahima Traore.
Reus' fine finish on the half hour put Dortmund back in the game and the visitors turned up the heat in the second half with Robert Lewandowski hitting the woodwork and Reus firing narrowly wide.
He then converted a spot kick in the 68th and clinched the winner seven minutes from time to keep Dortmund a point ahead of Schalke 04 with six games left in the season.
Stuttgart, who were left with 10 men after a second booking for Georg Niedermeier, are in 17th place on 24 points.
There were more jeers than cheers in Leverkusen where fourth-placed Bayer settled for a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Braunschweig, in last place.
VfL Wolfsburg, in fifth, closed to within a point thanks to Brazilian Naldo's stunning 30-metre shot in the last minute to give them a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
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