For the entirety of regular time, the highlight of the match was when Robert Lewandowski ran across the field to defend his son Joshua Kimmich after a hard foul. (Editor’s Note: Robert Lewandowski is not, in fact, Joshua Kimmich’s father.) Then, injury time happened, and Bayern won 2-0.
Carlo Ancelotti chose to start the match with no wingers on the field, and the team in a 4-4-2 diamond formation that morphed into a festive 4-3-2-1. It allowed Bayern to clog the middle of the field and control the proceedings, but they lacked the incisive run into the Ingolstadt area.
The best chance for either side in the first half came from Robert Lewandowski. The striker was able to chip Martin Hansen before the goalkeeper collided with him sendng both players to the field. The ball looked like it was going to roll into the net, but Marvin Matip cleared the ball away to keep the match scoreless.
It looked like Bayern was going to take the lead at the onset of the second half. Thomas Müller broke through, and he shot the ball at the goal and it rolled. And it rolled. And it rolled. The slow roller was cleared off the line at the last possible second to prevent Müller from grabbing a long awaited goal. The match remained level at zero.
With less than ten minutes left, Lewandowski decided that he would try to break the goal frame. With a shot from distance, Lewandowski rattled the the goalpost with a shot out of the reach of Hansen. Nothing would come of it.
Then, the clock showed 90:00, and Bayern decided that it was time to play. Back to back quick goals from Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben secured all three points on the day for Bayern.
Since RB Leipzig managed to get crushed by Hamburg on the day, Bayern have now stretched their lead at the top of the table to seven points.
While the result is good for Bayern, the performance was another in the “shockingly boring and bad” category. Arsenal come to the Allianz Arena in a few days. Bayern have their work cut out for them.