Five Star Bayern Beat Frankfurt 
Alphonso Davies, Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski celebrate Davies' goal, which re-established Bayern's grip on the game, making it 4-2. | Photo: @FCBayernEN

The fixture certainly lived up to the previous game between the sides earlier on in the season, when Frankfurt beat Bayern 5-1. Leon Goretzka, Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and Alphonso Davies all found themselves on the scoresheet for Bayern; whilst a second-half comeback, inspired by centre-back Martin Hinteregger was eventually shut down when he put the ball in the back of his own net, making it his third goal in the game.

 

 

The Game

Bayern dominated the game from the opening whistle and it was just a matter of time before the put one in the Frankfurt net. In the 17th minute, Leon Goretzka broke the deadlock after firing the ball into the roof of the net, following a Thomas Müller cross. Frankfurt picked themselves up following the goal and started to stop the one-way Bayern traffic. That was until Alphonso Davies intercepted a lose pass in the Frankfurt half, and his pinpoint cross into the box found Thomas Müller, who volleyed the ball passed the keeper. The Frankfurt players pleaded offside but after a VAR check, the goal stood.

Into the second half and the ball was in the back of the Frankfurt net after 45 seconds. Müller’s flick over the defence down the line found a pacey Kingsley Coman, whose first-time cross found the head of, you guessed it, Robert Lewandowski, to make it his 27th goal this season.

 

 

Bayern seemed to have all three points secured and the game wrapped up, until a Frankfurt corner in the 52nd minute, was volleyed in by their centre back, Martin Hinteregger, making it 3-1. Three minutes later, Frankfurt had another corner from the same side but this time Hinteregger made a run to the front post and flicked the ball past Neuer, into the back of the net.

However, just after the hour mark, Bayern’s left-back, Alphonso Davies, calmed any nerves and re-established Bayern’s grip on the game. A mix up at the back was capitalised by Davies, who slotted the ball under the keeper, making it 4-2. Another series of errors and bad luck for the Frankfurt defence killed the game when Hinteregger was unable to sort his feet out and scored his third goal of the game, but this time he put the ball in his own net.

 

 

The win meant Bayern restored their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga over Borussia Dortmund, who beat Wolfsburg 2-0, in a game where Dortmund were not in top gear.

You can watch the game highlights here:

Tuesdays’ Klassiker

All eyes will be on Tuesday’s game between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The result of this game will be huge in the title race, with both sides wanting all three points. A win for Dortmund will close the gap to just one point and will put all of the pressure on Bayern Munich, as another slip up could result in Dortmund going top of the table. Whereas, a win for Bayern will extend their lead to seven points and that will seemingly end the title race. Dortmund crumbled under the pressure last year as this fixture was a key in determining the title. Bayern thrashed Dortmund 5-0 and put a massive dent in their confidence and Bayern would go on to win the 2018/2019 Bundesliga title. The fixture earlier on in the season saw another dominant Bayern performance, with Bayern winning 4-0. However, since this fixture, Dortmund have played much better football and have recruited Erling Haaland.

This game is one not to miss and either team could take all three points.

 

 

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