The current leaders of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, had redemption on their minds as they hosted an Eintracht Frankfurt squad that has already humiliated Bayern this season. Frankfurt served Munich with a 5-1 demolition back on November 2nd that registered as their largest victory over FCB since 1977 when they won 4-0.
The Bavarian giants had to be weary as they game kicked off since Borussia Dortmund were able to secure 3 points in their earlier match against Wolfsburg and cut the gap between 1st and 2nd to just one point.
Bayern started the match running all around Frankfurt as the pace and agility of Frenchman Kingsley Coman and Canadian youngster Alphonso Davies were on display to the dismay of the Frankfurt defense. The first real threat at goal came in the 11th minute when Robert Lewandowski rattled the crossbar after a corner wizzed into the penalty box.
The pressure just kept on mounting for Eintracht. So much pressure in fact that a diamond appeared for Bayern Munich in the 17th minute when Thomas Muller found Leon Goretzka in stride to take the early lead. That assist from Muller would be his 17th assist in the Bundesliga which is both the most assists by a player in the Bundesliga and throughout the top 5 leagues in Europe.
Frankfurt knew that they had to be far more diligent in their defensive strategies if they wanted to have any sort of chance in the game, and defend they did. They made the game go stale after conceding to Goretzka’s goal by both not having any meaningful attacks while stalling Bayern’s high octane offense.
But that only lasted for about 20 minutes.
19 year old Alphonso Davies sent in a scintillating cross to Thomas Muller who slotted home his 7th Bundesliga goal of the campaign. Before halftime, you could argue that this is already Muller’s best performance of the season with the potential for even more on the way.
The first minute of the second half saw more of the same for Bayern Munich. It was Kingsley Coman who crossed in a beautiful ball for Robert Lewandowski to head in for Bayerns 3rd goal and his 27th goal of the Bundesliga season. Lewandowski’s own record for most league goals is 30 while the Bundesliga record is 40 goals by Gerd Muller, and the Polish striker is on pace to break those all time numbers.
But Eintracht Frankfurt still had fight in their bones. A lot of it. Martin Hinteregger was able to finish off his chance in the box after some shaky defense from Bayern and goalkeeping mishaps from Manuel Neuer in the 52nd minute. Not long after, Eintracht Frankfurt somehow found themselves back in the game thanks to Martin Hinteregger again finishing off a headed opportunity in the 56th minute. This made it 3-2 within a blink of an eye with just under 35 minutes left in the contest. The rest of this match would serve as an enormous test for the Bavarian side.
The 61st minute did see Bayern Munich respond to Frankfurt’s ferocity with Alphonso Davies pouncing on a defensive error for their 4th goal of the game. That would make it 4 goals scored within 15 minutes between the two sides in a match that has turned into mayhem.
There was just no room to breathe or blink in the second half because it was Martin Hinterreger who scored his 3rd goal of the game… in his own net. The 74th minute saw Serge Gnabry of Bayern was able to squeeze the ball into a position that would ricochet off of the legs of the Frankfurt defender to regain a 3-goal cushion in the game en-route to a 4-point cushion in the Bundesliga table.
A sensational game between these two clubs ended 5-2 in favor of Bayern Munich, but Bayern must shift their focus to Tuesday, May 26th when they travel to Borussia Dortmund. Eintracht Frankfurt’s next fixture is against FC Freiburg on the same day.
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