Bayern Munich see out Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena

Serge Gnabry, David Alaba, Benjamin Pavard, and Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Serge Gnabry, David Alaba, Benjamin Pavard, and Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich (Photo by ANDREAS GEBERT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich eases past Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena in matchday 27.

The empty stands at Allianz Arena hardly affected Bayern Munich as they continued excellent winning run by clinching a 5-2 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite a scare in the second half, Die Roten marched on to their sixth consecutive win in the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Alphonso Davies, and Leon Goretzka were on the scoresheet while Martin Hinteregger scored twice for Frankfurt and one own goal for his team.

Hansi Flick made two changes to the lineup that featured in Berlin last weekend. Goretzka moved back in midfield as Thiago Alcantara misses out due to adductor injury. Thomas Muller played behind striker while Kingsley Coman replaced Thiago in the lineup. Ivan Perisic also got the nod on the left flank, replacing Serge Gnabry in the team.

Adolf Hutter also decided to shuffle his team after last weekend’s defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach. Andre Silva spearheaded the attack instead of Bas Dost. Gelson Fernandes replaced David Abraham while Daichi Kamada made way for Danny Da Costa. Mijat Gacinovic slotted in midfield, at the expense of Djibril Sow.

The hosts dominated the proceedings from the kickoff. They looked threatening while going forward and won the ball quickly after getting dispossessed. Die Roten’s first big chance came at the 11th minute when Lewandowski’s volley from a corner shattered the goal post.

Bayern looked relentless throughout the first quarter of the game. They eventually got the reward for their domination when Leon Goretzka hammered a volley past Kevin Trapp. After neat interplay with Perisic on the left flank, Muller delivered a perfect cross for Goretzka, who had timed his run into the box for perfection.

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Frankfurt never got the hold of the game, giving the ball meekly in the final third. Lewandowski almost doubled the lead with a header, but his effort was just off the mark. Die Roten’s pattern of play in the final third was exquisite. They doubled the lead just before the half time when Alphonso Davies delivered a pinpoint cross in the final third.  Muller collected the cross and neatly slotted past Trapp.

The home side started the second half in the same way they ended the first. Coman delivered a delicate cross in the box, which was emphatically headed by Lewandowski into the net. At the other, Frankfurt responded to the third goal by scoring one through a setpiece, courtesy of great awareness shown by Hinteregger.

Frankfurt had their tails up. They went on to score another goal quickly. Hinteregger rose higher than everyone in Die Roten’s box to head the ball past Neuer, bringing Frankfurt back into the game. Bayern looked rattled after quickfire two goals, giving the ball cheaply and struggling to cope with Frankfurt’s counterattacks.

The game was in the balance as Frankfurt started to look more confident on the ball. However, a poor mistake at the back allowed Die Roten to get some breathing space. Frankfurt’s defense failed to clear the ball, allowing Davies to pounce on a loose ball in the box. The Canadian full-back calmly deposited the ball in the net.

Die Roten regained control of the game as heads dropped in the opposition. The misery for visitors was further compounded when Hinteregger conceded an own goal after a good run from Gnabry in the box during the 74th minute.

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After the initial wobble during the second half, Die Roten saw out the game to go into the Der Klassiker with a four-point lead at the top of the table. They found their mojo back in the final third against Frankfurt, but there are still areas to improve ahead of high octane clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

"Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)NeuerPavard-Boateng-Alaba-DaviesGoretzka-KimmichComan-Muller-PerisicLewandowskiSubstitutes– Ulreich, Odriozola, Martinez, Cuisance (Kimmich↓ (85′)), Hernandez (Boateng↓ (73′)), Gnabry (Perisic↓ (53′)), Mai, Batista-Meier, Zirkzee (Coman↓ (85′))Eintracht Frankfurt (4-2-3-1)TrappN’Dicka-Hinteregger-IIsanker-ToureRode-FernandesKostic-Gacinovic- Da CostaSilvaSubstitutes– Ronnow, Durm (Da Costa↓ (76′)), Chandler (N’Dicka↓ (46′)), Kamada (Rode↓ (71′)), Sow (Gacinovic↓ (71′)), De Guzman, Torro, Hasebe, Dost (Silva↓ (76′))"