On Matchday 18 of the Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich hosted Eintracht Frankfurt in this at Allianz Arena. In their previous meeting, Bayern scored five goals in the first half alone and went on to win 6-1. However, this match did not follow the same trend despite Die Roten playing on their home turf.
In fact, the start to Bayern’s calendar year has been rather slow as they suffered their third consecutive draw in the league. Though the result was disappointing, there were still quite a few shining moments in this game. Here are the top three moments from Bayern’s 1-1 draw against Eintracht.
Attacking Persistence- 29th Minute
Just before the 30-minute mark, Bayern demonstrated exactly how persistent they wanted to be in the final third. Within two minutes, Die Roten had four shots and two corners, but they were very unfortunate that none of these chances were converted.
Starting with a world-class pass and a blocked shot from Thomas Muller, this led to a very impressive sequence of attacks. Once the ball was played in from the first corner, Joshua Kimmich found himself in empty space when he unleashed another brilliant shot from outside the box. After a parry from Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp, Muller once again ended up with the ball in front of the net. Unfortunately, this shot drew another great save from Trapp.
For the duration and the number of chances created, this was Bayern’s best phase in the final third against Frankfurt. To have that much possession and open up that many shooting opportunities, it is pretty unlucky not to have a single attempt ending up in the back of the net.
Beautiful goal from Leroy Sane
In the 34th minute, a goal from Leroy Sane would see Rekordmeister take a first-half lead. Even though it was just 1-0, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before a Bayern player got themself a goal. Starting with a very precise overhead ball from Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutch defender’s long ball found Kingsley Coman on the left flank.
After beating not two, but three Eintracht defenders with his skillful dribbling, Coman switched play, sending the ball to the other side of the field. The ball found its way to Muller who squared the ball into the middle of the box. That was when the goal scorer Sane finished this passage of play with a shot that was hammered into the bottom left of the goal. It was a very well-worked team goal from defense to attack.
End-to-end game at the hour mark
One of the best highlights of this match saw Thomas Muller becoming both the star of defense and attack, which was easily the best piece of end-to-end play in this tie. In the 59th minute, Eintracht charged toward the face of Bayern’s goal but the run was ended by a last-second slide from Muller to win the ball.
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Momentum quickly shifted as Muller played the ball forward to a darting Coman. Once he was in the box, the ball was returned to Muller to play a low-lying ball across the face of the goal. Unfortunately, nothing came of it after a mistimed slide from Jamal Musiala and a failed back heel from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Even though the end result was not a goal, this passage was still a thing of beauty.
Bayern will look to get their first league win of the 2023 calendar year as they face off against VfL Wolfsburg on Feb. 5.