Bayern Munich cruise to smashing win against Eintracht Frankfurt

Bayern Munich cruised to smashing win against Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday one of the Bundesliga. (Photo by DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich cruised to smashing win against Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday one of the Bundesliga. (Photo by DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images) /

The Bundesliga returned with fireworks for Bayern Munich. The defending champions sent a statement to the rest of the league with a scintillating performance against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday. Bayern managed to score five goals in the first half to put the game past the hosts. They eventually managed to clinch a 6-1 victory on matchday one of the new Bundesliga campaign.

Julian Nagelsmann made no changes to the team that featured in the DFL Supercup win against RB Leipzig a week ago. Marcel Sabitzer started in the midfield with Joshua Kimmich, while Jamal Musiala started in the front four. Matthijs de Ligt will have to wait for first Bundesliga start as Nagelsmann opted for center-back pairing of Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernandez.

The electric atmosphere at Frankfurt was silenced early in the game as Joshua Kimmich scored from a freekick in the fifth minute. The German midfielder went for finesse to beat Kevin Trapp from 35 yards. The home side was further jolted six minutes later as Benjamin Pavard hammered past the goalkeeper from eight yards. The chance for Pavard was created through a dangerous delivery from the corner by Kimmich.

Frankfurt came close to reducing the deficit to one goal immediately as Tuta hit the crossbar through a header from a setpiece. Bayern continued to go for the kill as they won the ball consistently higher up the pitch. The pressing from the whole team was coordinated and relentless, giving Frankfurt no breathing space.

Die Roten created some big chances to bury the game inside 25 minutes, but poor luck deserted them from goals. The defending Bundesliga champions were eventually rewarded in the 29th minute as Sadio Mane scored his first league goal for Die Roten. The Senegalese precisely headed past the goalkeeper after Serge Gnabry showed great awareness to deliver a cross from the left flank.

Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry added two more goals before halftime. Both goals highlighted Die Roten’s fluid attack and relentless pressing in the final third. Things could have been even worse for Frankfurt as Bayern couldn’t finish at least three clear-cut chances.

Frankfurt showed a much stronger resolve in the second half. They almost got the first goal of the season after Manuel Neuer found himself in no man’s land while trying to clear the ball. However, the goal was ruled out for offside. The German goalkeeper was not as fortunate ten minutes late. He committed a similar mistake, and Frankfurt scored their first goal of the game.

After conceding the goal in the 64th minute, Bayern professionally saw out the remaining game. They continued to create chances, but retaining possession was the primary objective for them to make sure that it was a comfortable win. Mathys Tel, Ryan Gravenberch, Noussair Mazraoui, and Mathijs de Ligt were handed their Bundesliga debuts in the second half.

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Musiala rounded off an incredible game by scoring his second goal in the 83rd minute. Leroy Sane grabbed the assist for this goal to make it a good evening for all premier forwards at Bayern. There is still scope for improvement defensively for Bayern, but early signs suggest that the attacking unit will be too hot to handle for the rest of the Bundesliga clubs.