Robert Lewandowski scored his 27th aim of the season as Bayern Munich arrange for Tuesday’s Klassiker with Borussia Dortmund with a 5-2 thrashing of Frankfurt on Saturday night.
Bayern ought to have been out of sight earlier than half-time however had solely Leon Goretzka’s glorious end (17) and Thomas Muller’s management and shot (41) to indicate for a gap 45 minutes of whole domination.
Barely 50 seconds into the second interval they added a 3rd as Lewandowski turned dwelling Kingsley Coman’s cutback, to turn out to be the joint-highest scorer throughout Europe’s high 5 leagues.
However simply because it regarded like a case of what number of the hosts would rating, a sucker-punch pair of Martin Hinteregger objectives from corners (52, 55) briefly swung the momentum in opposition to them.
A second to neglect for Gelson Fernandes arrange Alphonso Davies to revive Bayern’s two-goal lead inside minutes (61), earlier than Hinteregger netted his third of the evening – albeit on the fallacious finish this time, as he bundled Serge Gnabry’s cross into his personal web (74).
The win restored Bayern’s four-point lead on the high of the Bundesliga following Dortmund’s victory at Wolfsburg earlier on Saturday, and ensures they’ll stay there regardless of the end result of Tuesday’s sport on the Westfalenstadion. Frankfurt’s depressing run was prolonged to a fifth consecutive defeat, leaving them 5 factors away from the relegation play-off spot.
How Bayern overcame scare to prevail…
The weakened impact of dwelling benefit has been a lot mentioned because the Bundesliga’s return final weekend, however Bayern regarded simply as snug as ever from the off as they chased a 13th sport with out defeat, and lengthen what was already their longest streak in opposition to any of their Bundesliga opponents with an 11th straight win over Frankfurt.
They may have been forward after 12 minutes when Lewandowski rattled the bar with a robust effort however 5 minutes later, they did discover the again of the web when Muller regarded up from the left, noticed Goretzka’s late run into the field and teed him as much as expertly blast the ball dwelling from the penalty spot.
Possibilities continued to circulate for the hosts, with Ivan Perisic and Lewandowski each going shut earlier than, 4 minutes from the break, Davies’ deep cross was chested down by Muller, and after adjusting his stability he slotted dwelling from close-range together with his second contact.
Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter had seen sufficient and introduced on Timothy Chandler on the break, however inside a minute of the restart his facet have been additional behind. Coman was given area to run into the field and select Lewandowski, who appeared to all-but seal victory for the hosts with an 11th aim in his final 10 video games.
The faintest of lifelines adopted for Frankfurt as Hinteregger turned in from a nook on the second try, however 4 minutes later Bayern’s benefit regarded in much more life like hazard as he glanced in a second from one other set-piece.
Bayern Munich recalled Kingsley Coman and Ivan Perisic both facet of Robert Lewandowski, with Serge Gnabry and Thiago lacking.
Frankfurt made 4 adjustments from their defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach, together with Andre Silva changing Bas Dost in assault.
For the primary time within the match, the momentum swung the guests’ approach – however solely till a dreadful blind cross throughout his personal field from Fernandes supplied the right invitation for Davies to get on the scoresheet for the primary time since August.
The guests’ frustration was compounded when Hinteregger then ruined his personal afternoon by clumsily knocking Gnabry’s cross into his personal web after the Frenchman had rounded Kevin Trapp.
Filip Kostic rattled the bottom of Manuel Neuer’s put up late on as Frankfurt briefly rallied, however the emphatic scoreline was little lower than Bayern deserved for twice establishing a three-goal lead in opposition to their lowly guests.
Bayern face an enormous check as they journey to second-placed Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening; Kick-off at 5.30pm. Frankfurt host Freiburg on the identical night; Kick-off at 7.30pm.