Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten run to 13 Bundesliga games on Saturday, as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 at the Allianz Arena.
They soon took the lead in style: Ivan Perišić’s dummy allowed Thomas Müller to run onto the ball, before whipping it into Leon Goretzka who smashed it home beautifully to break the deadlock.
David Alaba then forced another save from Kevin Trapp, while Lewandowski’s header went wide of the post. Die Roten soon doubled their lead, as Alphonso Davies’ sumptuous cross reached an unmarked Müller in the box, leaving the German to slot it home for his fifth goal contribution in four games.
Bayern netted their third in superb fashion, with Robert Lewandowski heading it in just 45 seconds after the restart. Frankfurt scored a surprise consolation six minutes later, when Martin Hinteregger struck it past Manuel Neuer to give Die Adler a glimmer of hope.
Remarkably, Frankfurt and Hinteregger weren’t finished. The corner came into the Austrian defender who was free in the box, guiding his header excellent into the corner for his eighth goal of the season, firmly dragging the visitors back into the game at the Allianz Arena.
For all of Frankfurt’s hard work to get within one goal of Bayern, Die Roten were then able to take advantage of some awful defending. The ball first fell to Davies to slot the ball past Trapp – capping off a crazy four goals in 15 minutes – before Hinteregger scored a calamitous own goal to seal the win for Bayern.
While Bayern Munich did extend their unbeaten run in the 2-0 win over Union Berlin last week, they were far from their best. Saturday’s meeting with Frankfurt was therefore about more than just continuing their winning run, as it was also about putting in a more convincing performance – and that was evident from the first whistle.
Bayern went all out and it was their ruthless style of football that saw them take a 2-0 lead in the first half. Alphonso Davies and Ivan Perišić were superb on the flanks, while Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller each scored delightful goals to put Die Roten in true cruise control.
A three goal cushion seemed to be enough, but a lack of concentration allowed Frankfurt back into the game, forcing Bayern to put their foot on the gas once again to restore their three goal lead. The attacking display was nothing short of fantastic, though questions must be asked about how they allowed the visitors to score twice.
Player RatingsStarting XI: Neuer (7); Pavard (6), Boateng (6), Alaba (7), Davies (8*); Kimmich (6), Goretzka (7); Coman (6), Müller (8), Perišić (7); Lewandowski (7).Substitutes: Gnabry (6), Hernandez (6), Cuisance (N/A), Zirkzee (N/A).
There were many contenders for man of the match. Thomas Müller was superb as he got another goal and assist, David Alaba was solid in defence and Leon Goretzka and Robert Lewandowski each scored excellent goals of their own.
However, all the plaudits must go to Alphonso Davies. His work rate, dribbling and attacking prowess were a sight to behold as Davies got a goal and an assist.
Player RatingsStarting XI: Trapp (5); Touré (6), Hinteregger (8*), N’Dicka (5); Da Costa (6), Ilsanker (5), Fernandes (6), Rose (6), Kostić (5); Gaćinović (5), Silva (5).Substitutes: Chandler (6), Kamada (6), Sow (6), Dost (5), Durm (5).
It’s derby day on Tuesday, when Bayern travel to the Signal Iduna Park to face Borussia Dortmund. Die Roten then return to Bavaria to meet one of the league’s relegation battlers, as they welcome Fortuna Düsseldorf to the Allianz Arena on 30 May.
Frankfurt are back at the Commerzbank-Arena in midweek, when Freiburg are the visitors on Tuesday. They are back in action and on the road four days later, when they travel to the Wolfsburg Arena to face Wolfsburg on 30 May.
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