FC Bayern Munich deliver emphatic performance against Arminia Bielefeld

FC Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller celebrating against Arminia Bielefeld. (Photo by WOLFGANG RATTAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
FC Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller celebrating against Arminia Bielefeld. (Photo by WOLFGANG RATTAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

FC Bayern Munich put four goals past Arminia Bielefeld to register their third Bundesliga victory of the season.

It was a successful return to Bundesliga action on Saturday for FC Bayern Munich. They defeated newly promoted side Arminia Bielefeld 4-1 to record their third victory of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.

A majority of the players in Hansi Flick’s starting XI were making their first appearance for the club since returning from international duty. Bayern did have a mid-week fixture against FC Duren in the DFB-Pokal. However, the squad that faced Duren was primarily comprised of players who did not play during the international break.

Strong start

Bayern started scoring early in the match as Thomas Müller made it 1-0 in just the eighth minute. The German player benefited from a deflection on an attempted pass to Kingsley Coman as the ball fell kindly for him to strike it home.

Following a four-goal performance on Matchday Three against Hertha Berlin, Robert Lewandowski entered the match hungry for more goals. He got his first goal of the match in the 25th minute as he produced a strike from just outside the penalty area to increase Bayern’s advantage to 2-0.

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Manuel Neuer was called into action in the 31st minute when Fabian Klos received a fantastic pass over the top. The Bayern goalkeeper produced a very good save to keep Klos from getting Arminia Bielefeld back into the match.

Müller turned provider right before halftime as he set up Lewandowski’s second goal. The Polish striker’s shot took a deflection off the defender which helped the ball get past the goalkeeper. It was Lewandowski’s seventh goal of the season. A third goal meant that Bayern was well on their way to all three points on the road.

An up and down second half

The second half started similar to the first half as Bayern found the back of the net quickly after the kickoff. Once again it was Müller who found the back of the net. Lewandowski produced a pinpoint pass to set up Müller’s second goal of the match in the 51st minute.

After going up 4-0, Bayern did not finish the match in a very positive manner. Arminia Bielefeld would prevent a clean sheet for Neuer in the 58th minute with Ritsu Doan scoring for the home side. In the 76th minute, Corentin Tolisso was shown the red card for bringing down Klos in a last-ditch tackle attempt.

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Despite going down to 10 men in the final minutes of the match, Bayern did not concede any further goals as it finished 4-1. The victory will keep Bayern in the top four places as they trail league leaders RB Leipzig by one point.

Up next for Bayern is their first UEFA Champions League group stage fixture. They will host La Liga club Atletico Madrid on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena in a marquee matchup. In the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt will be their opponents next Saturday.