A tough away victory for Bayern Munich against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Deutsche Bank Park helped them reduce their gap to the Bundesliga title. There was extra happiness after the game on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund drew against FC Augsburg. It will help the Bavarians to shake off the pressure over them as they could extend the lead.
It was a hard-fought narrow victory for Bayern Munich on an away game, where they had to wait till the 71st minute to score the single and the winning goal of the game. Frankfurt have already lost five games at home this season, including the last four-in-a-row, equalling a club record.
Bayern, who have now scored at least once in each of their last 71 Bundesliga matches and are chasing a record-extending 10th consecutive league title, are on 58 points.
Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp had an excellent game as he made some superb saves to keep Bayern from scoring. He saved the shots from Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and Kingsley Coman. It was frustrating for the Bavarians when he put out a masterclass in his position.
Lewandowski captained Bayern for the first time in 3 years. He previously wore the armband for Bayern in February 2019 against Schalke. He played with a blue and yellow armband in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.
The first half of the game did not have any crucial moments, and it was normal for the 45 minutes.
Bayern started to attack more efficiently in the second half, as they needed all three points to pressure on Borussia Dortmund. Leroy Sane was substituted in the second half, and he helped the team grab all three valuable points in an away game.
Sane connected well with a perfect through ball from Joshua Kimmich and finished it after beating Kevin Trapp, who was very resistant in the game. That goal was enough for Bayern Munich to make another step to win the title. It was Sane’s 24th Bundesliga goal in all, and only his third with his right foot. The 26-year-old has now scored three times against Eintracht Frankfurt.
“We needed to fight for this win,” Kimmich said. “We did it well, had several good chances and should have scored earlier to be more dominant in the end.
“The way we played was good and this win was really important,” he said after Bayern’s fifth win in their last six league games.
“But it is still a long way to go and there have been cases before when we had a bit of a cushion and then squandered it. We need to protect this advantage until the end.”