Five-star Bayern Munich handles Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayern Munich’s attack looks ready for Tuesday’s Der Klassiker, but its defense was wobbly in a 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Alphonso Davies and Thomas Muller had a goal and an assist each, with Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka also scoring as Bayern restored its four-point advantage over derby rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Martin Hinteregger scored twice off Sebastian Rode assists in the second half to bring the deficit from 3-0 to 3-2 but also scored a late own goal as Eintracht leaves Munich in 13th with 28 points.
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Muller now has 11 goals and 19 assists across all competitions this season, 17 of those assists enough to lead the Bundesliga. Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho collected his 16th earlier Saturday.
Lewandowski’s goal is his league-best 27th after scoring against Union Berlin last week. He has 41 in all competitions.
The win was revenge for Eintracht’s 5-1 defeat of 10-man Bayern in Frankfurt on Nov. 2, which cost Niko Kovac his job.
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Bayern Munich had all of the ball and was often deep in the Eintracht third, and its best chance came when Benjamin Pavard headed at goalkeeper Kevin Trapp in the 14th minute.
The breakthrough was coming, and Thomas Muller’s cross fell for Goretzka at the penalty spot for a solid side-footed finish.
Muller made it 2-0 when he settled a bounding Alphonso Davies cross and calmly passed the bouncing ball into the goal with his left foot.
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Eintracht brought on U.S. international Timothy Chandler at halftime, and he was promptly involved in Bayern’s third goal. Chandler, like many, couldn’t keep up with Robert Lewandowski in the race to Kingsley Coman’s cross.
A crack in the armor showed itself in the 52nd minute, as Austrian international Hinteregger took a loose ball off the turf and bounced it past Manuel Neuer.
Hinteregger made it 3-2 within three minutes, outleaping Robert Lewandowski to turn a free kick inside the far post.
Davies restored order when his press on the left led to a loose ball, and the Canadian beat Chandler to it to lash past Trapp.
Neuer made a fine save to keep it 4-2 moments later, as Hansi Flick will be questioning his defense ahead of Tuesday’s massive match.
An endangered Hinteregger couldn’t do much will his own goal to make it 5-2.
Filip Kostic rattled the woodwork for Eintracht in the 84th minute, another warning sign for Bayern.