For ninety minutes on Saturday, Bayern Munich controlled the match against Eintracht Frankfurt. However, it took a moment of individual brilliance from Franck Ribery to give the Bavarians the 1-0 victory on the day.
With Kingsley Coman and Arjen Robben sidelined with injuries, Franck Ribery became the chief playmaker out wide for Bayern on the day, and he sure made his presence felt all day long. Ribery was superb up and down the flanks, forcing Frankfurt to send multiple men out wide in order to try and dampen his impact on the game.
Bayern finally broke through in the 20th minute, and what a spectacular goal it was. Mario Götze, playing in only his second match sine returning from injury, found an opening in the middle of the park and darted into it with the ball at his feet. Lukas Hradecky made an excellent foot save to deny Götze, and the ball popped up to the middle of the penalty area.
Ribery left the ground and sent a wonderful bicycle kick toward the Frankfurt goal, and the Allianz Arena erupted as the ball struck the back of the net. The goal was only Ribery's second of the season, having previously scored back in December against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Frankfurt didn't offer a lot going forward, rarely forcing Manuel Neuer into any work. The majority of the match was played in the Frankfurt half, with the Bavarians trying to break down the Frankfurt defense. The match would end 1-0 to Bayern.
Bayern will take the field again on Tuesday with Benfica visiting Munich for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal tie.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayern Munich: Franck Ribery (20)
Eintracht Frankfurt: None
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Bernat, Alaba, Martinez, Lahm; Alonso; Ribery, Thiago, Götze (Vidal 85), Müller; Lewandowski (Costa 70)
Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky; Djakpa, Zambrano, Oczipka, Abraham, Chandler; Hasebe, Huszti (Stendera 48), Aigner, Ben-Hatira; Seferovic (Castaignos 58)