It was a fantastic afternoon from Bayern Munich as they went to the Commerzbank Arena and earned all three points with a 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. It was a special day for Thomas Müller who bagged a hat trick.
The game was an unusually pedantic affair for the first 15 odd minutes. Besides a wide open Thomas Müller behind the Frankfurt defense after just thirty seconds, both teams were involved in a push and pull affair within 15 yards of either side of the halfway line. Frankfurt pressed feverishly, while Bayern were unable to find an opening despite their superior passing. It was a game going nowhere fast it seemed.
However Bayern Munich found the first opening in the 21st minutes. A Mario Götze throughball found Franck Ribery on the left whose cross found the onrushing Thomas Müller. While Frankfurt keeper Felix Weiwald was able to say Müller's first attempt, the ensuring rebound bounced esasily for Thomas Müller to knee tap the ball home to give Bayern Munich the 1-0 lead. From there on out, it was all Bayern Munich as the home side only managed a measly 4 shots for the remainder of the game.
It was a dominating performance, as Philipp Lahm was a nightmare in midfield, roaming with unfettered joy, combining with Alonso, Götze and Ribery, and making a succinct statement that the midfield belonged to him and Bayern Munich. Alexander Meier was extremely quiet all game, as both Alonso and Lahm cut off his access to the ball and his passing lanes in the middle. Forcing him to drift and drop to try and have an effect on the match.
Bayern Munich doubled their advantage after the 60th minute, when a ball over the top caught the Frankfurt defense flat footed. The entire Bayern Munich attack was involved in the play as Franck Ribery took the ball, dribbled before laying it off for Thomas Müller to blast far post around the advancing Felix Weiwald. It was Müller's second of the match.
Müller earned his hat trick just three minutes later, when Mario Götze threaded a bouncing ball to Müller. Müller posted up on the far post diagonal run, challenging Timothy Chandler who could only flounder helplessly as Müller cooly slotted the ball past Felix Weiwald. It was a thoroughly deserved hat trick as all evening Müller's runs confused and shredded the Frankfurt defense.
Sebastian Rode entered the match in the 71st minute to the boos and whistles of his former fans. However, it was Rode who had the final word in the 85th minute as he combined with Xherdan Shaqiri for Bayern Munich's fourth goal as time wound towards the final whistle. A run from Arjen Robben left the ball pinging around the box. Falling to Rode, he hit a laser of a pass to Xherdan Shaqiri who coolly redirected the ball into the back of the net.
Despite those dull first 15-plus minutes, the game was a whirlwind of Bayern Munich attacks. They were miles above Frankfurt in both quality and execution, which was a shame to see given just how promising this team looked two seasons ago. However with both Kevin Trapp and Carlos Zambrano out with injury, it was always going to be a massive task to hold Bayern Munich in check for 90 minutes. Hopefully come March and the return fixture at the Allianz Arena, those two will be fully fit and ready to help Frankfurt give Bayern Munich a run for their money.