Bayern Munich used a first half surge to overwhelm Eintracht Frankfurt on their way to a 3-0 victory to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table. With RB Leipzig’s loss (at home) to Wolfsburg, Bayern’s lead is now ten points.
Frankfurt looked like the better side for a long stretch in the first half. Perhaps Bayern were going to attempt to sleepwalk through the math, and Frankfurt could catch them in a moment of weakness.
It certainly appeared as though Frankfurt were going to take the early 1-0 lead when Branimir Hrgota beat Javi Martinez and rounded Manuel Neuer. A simple tap-in from Hrgota would lead to a simple goal. However, out of nowhere, Mats Hummels comes sliding in with the tackle of the season to poke the ball away. It was a stunning tackle from Hummels to keep the match scoreless.
Then, after forty minutes of not accomplishing that much at all, Bayern struck. A long ball out of the back by Martinez found Lewandowski just behind the Frankfurt backline. He headed the ball out wide into space for Thomas Müller. The German international crossed it on the ground into the box, and Lewandowski easily tapped it into the back of the net for the goal.
Minutes later, Bayern effectively ended the game via Douglas Costa. David Alaba completed a great run up the left flank and crossed the ball into the box. Costa was on hand to easily smack it into the net to make it 2-0 in favor of the good guys.
If you don’t take your chances, Bayern will punish you. Frankfurt were well position in the first half and hour to really press Bayern in the match, but in the blink of an eye, Bayern took an insurmountable lead.
Lewandowski would add a second goal in the second half and come close to finalizing a hat trick on multiple occasions.
However, for Bayern, the highlight of the second half was unquestionably the return to the field of Jerome Boateng. The big centerback is officially back and put in a strong 25 minute shift for the Bavarians.
Bayern won’t return to the field until next Sunday when they travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the final match before the international break.