Bayern Munich: Lewandowski hattrick sees off Eintracht Frankfurt

Robert Lewandowski powers Bayern Munich to a third consecutive victory in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich continued their superb start to the campaign when they hosted Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Robert Lewandowski scored a perfect hattrick, while Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala came off the bench to score two goals.

Hansi Flick decided to make changes to the back four that played against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Jerome Boateng, Bouna Sarr, and Alphonso Davies replaced Niklas Sule, Benjamin Pavard, and Lucas Hernandez, respectively.

Douglas Costa was handed the first start in the Bundesliga this season, replacing suspended Corentin Tolisso in the lineup. Frankfurt made only one change from last weekend’s draw against Cologne as Tuta replaced David Abraham in central defense.

The German Champions endured a poor start to the game as Davies suffered a serious injury in the second minute. The Canadian was replaced by Hernandez. The visitors were showing great intent on the counter after winning the ball near their box. Bayern looked rattled after that injury to Davies.

Slowly, Die Roten started controlling the game. Costa and Kingsley Coman were providing the threat on the flanks by delivering dangerous crosses and killer passes. The breakthrough eventually came through a calmly taken goal by Lewandowski. Coman created the goal with a clever pass.

Andre Silva was the most threatening forward for Frankfurt as he was isolating defenders in the box, but Frankfurt were not playing him the ball at the right time. The German Champions got the second goal in the 26th minute to gain firm control of the game. Rekordmeister kept creating chances till the half-time whistle but couldn’t score the third to seal the game.

Die Roten were in no mood to start slowly after the break. They came firing after the half-time to put the game quickly to bed. They pinned Frankfurt in their half as Die Roten created chances for the third goal. The goal finally came at the hour mark when Costa played Lewandowski through with a delightful pass. It was a perfect hat-trick for the Polish striker, scoring with head, left, and right foot.

The German Champions had a golden chance to score the fourth when Coman punished Frankfurt on the break with his pace. The French winger put it on the plate for Hernandez with a delightful cross, but the left-back couldn’t get his shot on the target.

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Bayern continued to dominate possession. They were not conceding any chances since the hour mark. Flick decided to make a flurry of changes to give senior players some respite to senior players.  Sane returned from a knee injury and immediately got the fourth goal with a delightful curling attempt in the 73rd minute.

Manuel Neuer made a terrific last-ditch clearance off the line to keep the clean sheet in the final ten minutes of the game. Leon Goretzka had the chance to score the fifth goal in the 85th minute, but his chip was anticipated by Kevin Trapp. The German goalkeeper made a string of saves in the dying minutes, but Musiala scored from close range in the last minute of the game to round off a brilliant team performance.

The German Champions continue good start to the season with yet another convincing performance in the Bundesliga. Since games are coming thick and fast, it is good to see all players doing well whenever Flick is giving them chances on the pitch. The team’s attention will now switch to the Champions League as they travel to Moscow on Tuesday to face Lokomotiv Moscow.

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)

Neuer

Sarr- Boateng- Alaba,-Davies

Kimmich-Goretzka

Coman-Muller-Costa

Lewandowski

Substitutes: Nubel, Sule, Pavard, Martinez (↓Muller (68′)), Sane (↓Costa (68′)), Choupo-Moting (↓Lewandowski (68′)), Hernandez (↓Davies (3′)), Roca, Musiala (↓Coman (73′))

Eintracht Frankfurt (3-4-1-2)

Trapp

Tuta-Hasebe-Hinteregger

Toure-Ilsanker-Rode-Zuber

Kamada

Silva-Dost

Substitutes: Schubert, N’Dicka, Younes (↓Kamada(46′)), Barkok (↓Toure (71′)), da Costa (↓Silva (71′)), Sow (↓IIsanker (74′)), Kohrer, Chandler (↓Zuber (46′)), Hrustic