Bayern Munich overcome second-half scare to coast past Eintracht Frankfurt and extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to four points ahead of showdown with Borussia Dortmund
- Bayern Munich restored their lead in the Bundesliga with a win over Frankfurt
- Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller strikes gave the hosts a first half advantage
- Robert Lewandowski made it three after half time, heading past Kevin Trapp
- Frankfurt rallied and notched two in four minutes through Martin Hinteregger
- Alphonso Davies was gifted Bayern’s fourth to give the hosts breathing space
Bayern Munich restored their lead at the top of the Bundesliga once more after comfortably seeing off Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena, avenging their humiliating 5-1 loss to the same opponent at the start of the season.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s side had to respond once more to Borussia Dortmund’s result on Saturday after Lucien Favre’s side doggedly saw off Wolfsburg in a strong away display on Saturday afternoon.
And as they did last week against Union Berlin, Bayern showed their championship merit to maintain their four-point advantage at the summit of Germany’s top flight.
Bayern Munich restored their four-point lead in the Bundesliga after beating Frankfurt
Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern’s third to add to his tally of 27 league goals this season
Leon Goretzka opened the scoring with a deft finish past Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp
Thomas Muller doubled the German champion’s advantage just before the half time break
The German lets out a scream of jubilation that reverberated around the Allianz Arena
Bayern players celebrate with elbow bumps after Goretzka opens the scoring for the hosts
Bayern Munich (4-3-3): Neuer; Pavard, Boateng (Hernandez 73), Alaba, Davies; Muller, Kimmich (Cuisance 85), Goretzka; Coman (Zirkzee 85), Lewandowski, Perisic (Gnabry 64)
Substitutes not used: Batista Meier, Mai, Martinez, Odriozola, Ulreich
Goals: Goretzka (17), Muller (41), Lewandowski (46), Davies (61), Hinteregger (75)
Manager: Hans-Dieter Flick
Eintracht Frankfurt (4-2-3-1): Trapp, N’Dicka (Chandler 46), Hinteregger, Ilsanker, Toure; Rode (Kamada 71), Fernandes; Kostic, Gacinovic (Sow 71), da Costa; Silva (Dost 76)
Substitutes not used: de Guzman, Durm, Hasebe, Ronnow, Torro
Goals: Hinteregger (52, 56)
Manager: Adi Hütter
Stadium: Allianz Arena
Referee: M. Fritz
They went close to opening the lead after just 10 minutes, with right back Benjamin Pavard meeting a Joshua Kimmich cross and forcing an excellent save from Kevin Trapp, who was made to tip over the crossbar.
Unlike last week’s showing, Bayern didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock. Thomas Muller carved out space on the left hand side and picked out Leon Goretzka entering the Frankfurt penalty area. The midfielder made no mistake in effortlessly guiding the ball past Trapp.
They could have made it two moments later, when Ivan Perisic and Robert Lewandowski galloped through but the Croat opted to shoot himself but Trapp gathered comfortably. That decision earned a wholehearted glare from the league’s top scorer.
It was an opening 45 minutes that contained wave after wave of rhythmic attacks from the hosts. Lewandowski performed the number nine role to a tee, setting the perfect platform to allow Muller, Perisic and Kingsley Coman to threaten.
And five minutes before the break, they made their pressure count, doubling their lead. The hosts had thought they’d squandered their chance when Muller failed to pick out Kimmich on the edge of the 18-yard-box. But Alphonso Davies picked out the German who bundled past Trapp before letting out a scream of jubilation that reverberated throughout the Allianz Arena.
It was a first half onslaught for the hosts, no better showcased by the fact that Trapp had the second-most touches of any Frankfurt player in the opening 45 minutes.
Benjamin Pavard almost notched his second goal in two games when his header was saved
Kevin Trapp punches the ball clear from Thomas Muller as Bayern pressure once again
Bayern were a level above their rivals in the first half with an eye-catching display
Hans-Dieter Flick and Adi Hutter watch on as their sides battle it out at the Allianz Arena
And whatever Adi Hutter told his troops at half time went out the window inside 30 seconds of the second half, as Coman picked out Lewandowski with a guided cross and the Pole made no mistake in heading past Trapp.
The tally just keeps on rising for Bayern’s centre forward, who has now scored 27 goals in the league this season, six ahead of his nearest rival, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
Make no mistake, the German champions wanted to send a clear message to Tuesday’s opponents, Borussia Dortmund, as Flick’s side pressed on against the seemingly helpless Frankfurt.
The visitors wrestled their way back into the tie, with a quick double from Martin Hinteregger
Manuel Neuer stands aghast as his side concede a surprise second half double to Frankfurt
But the visitors were out to spoil the script. Just passed the 50-minute mark, Bayern suffered a surprise blow as the Bayern defence failed to clear a second ball, which fell into the path of Hinteregger who hooked a scruffy effort past Manuel Neuer.
Just four minutes later Hinteregger struck again, capitalising on poor defensive marking from the hosts to power a header beyond Neuer, who was made to stand aghast as the ball rippled into the back of the net.
That double blow rattled the league leaders, whose flawless first half passing and movement made way for mistimed runs, shanked passes and the lack of guile befitting of the German champions. Dortmund, watching on, must be relishing the prospect of putting Erling Haaland up against the new defensive pairing of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng.
Alphonso Davies capitalised on a loose defensive pass to add Bayern’s fourth of the afternoon
Substitute Serge Gnabry helped make it five after forcing a Frankfurt own goal
And for all their hard work in wrestling themselves back into the tie, Hutter was left infuriated as a gift from the Frankfurt defence allowed Davies to fire home and allow the hosts some much-needed breathing space.
Only to make Frankfurt’s life more difficult, Flick’s first change saw Perisic make way for Serge Gnabry, and Bayern went close to adding a fifth when Coman had time and space in the box, but with team-mates queuing up for a squared pass, the Frenchman elected to shoot and his effort was parried away by Trapp.
The visitors came back down the other end and went ever so near to adding a third of the afternoon, with Andre Silva’s clever flick finding Mijat Gacinovic but Neuer scrambled to make a crucial save.
But that wasn’t too faze the German champions, as substitute Gnabry squeezed the ball beyond Trapp and, in seeking to hook the ball clear, Hinteregger scrambled the ball into his own net, making it a somewhat unfortunate hat-trick strike on the afternoon.
From there, Bayern saw out the contest, making it a successful opening two games back in the league, although raising provocative questions ahead of Tuesday’s crunch clash with their arch rivals.
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