Manuel Veth –
Frankfurt v Bayern Munich – November, 2 – Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
Winless at home against Bayern in 16 games, Eintracht Frankfurt were handed an early advantage to end the run. In the 9th minute, Gonçalo Paciência had broken through and was brought down by Jérôme Boateng at the edge of the box. VAR determined that the foul was outside the box but also that Boateng had prevented a clear scoring chance and as a result, was sent off. And Frankfurt took advantage.
In the 24th minute, a shot by Djibril Sow was deflected by David Alaba; the ball ricocheted to the wide-open Filip Kostić, who scored from a close distance. Frankfurt were not done; however, in the 33rd minute Sow was left wide open on the right flank allowing the midfielder to beat Neuer with a low drive. But Bayern managed to pull one back in the 37th minute when Lewandowski tanked his way through Frankfurt’s defence to score. It was the final act of an eventful first half.
Within four minutes of the second half, Eintracht restored the two-goal lead. In the 49th minute, Bas Dost won the ball deep in Bayern’s half found da Costa, whose cross David Abraham tapped across the line. Frankfurt now took control and added a fourth in the 61st minute when Martin Hinteregger scored with a header after a Kostić corner.
Frankfurt were not done, however. In the 86th minute, André Silva tanked his way in the box and found Paciência wide open, and together the two Portuguese strikers created a fitting end to a memorable game.
Frankfurt v Bayern Munich – Three Stars
Filip Kostić (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Filip Kostić remains Frankfurt’s most valuable player. The winger bullied first Benjamin Pavard and then Joshua Kimmich on the right flank. Making 54 touches, Kostić completed 80.8% of his passes. But it is the way he catapults Frankfurt’s game forward when he wins the ball, an almost unstoppable force, the best winger in the Bundesliga at the moment.
Martin Hinteregger (Eintracht Frankfurt)
The Austrian defender was once again excellent for Frankfurt. Holding together the defence, Hinteregger was also among the scorers putting the game to bed with a header in the 61st minute.
Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
A quick glance at Alphonso Davies showed some positives. He assisted Bayern‘s only goal and has completed 86.7% of his passes and made 99 touches. Davies won ten of his 19 ground duels and three of his five dribble attempts. He was one of the few good players in white today. But he was also bullied at times by Da Costa, highlighting that the left-back position might not be his best.
GOALS: 1-0 (Kostić 24’) 2-0 (Sow, 33’) 2-1 (Lewandowski, 37’), 3-1 (Abraham, 49′), 4-1 (Hinteregger, 61′), 5-1 (Paciência, 86′)
Where will Bayern go from here? The Rekordmeister were smashed by a Frankfurt side taking full advantage after Boateng was sent off.
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The red card on its own was not the reason for Frankfurt’s victory. Bayern were hapless without a defensive plan and deserved the defeat.
Frankfurt v Bayern Munich – Line-ups
Rönnow – N’Dicka, Hinteregger, Abraham – G. Fernandes (André Silva, 81′) – Kostić, Rode (Gaćinović, 71′), Sow, da Costa – Paciência, Dost (Kamada, 65′)
Neuer – Alaba, Boateng (red card, 10′), Pavard, Kimmich – Coutinho (Coman, 57′), Thiago, Müller (Javi Martínez, 64′) – Davies, Lewandowski, Gnabry (Goretzka, 70′)
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others, contributes to Forbes.com and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently splits his time between Victoria, BC, and Munich, Germany. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.