Jersey Swap: Danny da Costa
The right back was the best of the bunch against the youngest Bayern Munich squad of the season by far. It was da Costa’s cross that led to the only goal of the match for Eintracht Frankfurt and provided a nervy ending until Bayern finally put it away with two late goals. Da Costa was a willing runner up and down the right side and also led his team in tackles.
Tip Of The Cap: Niklas Dorsch
The defensive midfielder scored the first goal of the game in his Bundesliga debut with a nifty finish that showed off his touch when under pressure. He did not look out of place, starting in what has primarily been the role that Javi Martinez has been playing this season. Dorsch began the match strong with his tackling and defensive work and continued to find the right short passes to keep Bayern in possession. He showed some versatility by moving out to the right side for the final 25 minutes of the match.
Golf Clap: Niklas Süle
The big fella didn’t come on until the 66th minute, as a defensive mid nonetheless, and within a few minutes bravely blocked a rocket of a shot off the foot of Frankfurt’s Marco Fabián that would have felled most humans. But he managed to shake it off and provided excellent defensive coverage on a few occasions while being smart with his positioning and passing when Bayern was on the ball. However, it was his late offensive contributions that earned him this golf clap. In the 89th minute Süle got forward and put the ball on a platter for Corentin Tolisso to finish but he played the ball right to the keeper. Then just before full time Süle himself was sent in on a clever through ball from Rafinha (who deserves a golf clap of his own for scoring his first goal since 2016 in the match) and he casually deposited the ball inside the far post like he’s been doing it his entire life. Not bad for the natural centerback.
Standing Ovation: Jupp Heynckes
Four Bundesliga debuts and three points. It doesn’t get much better than that. Lars Lukas Mai, Franck Evina, and Meritan Shabani joined the aforementioned Niklas Dorsch in the starting eleven and didn’t disappoint with all of them showing flashes of why they were given the opportunity. Bayern fans were able to get a glimpse of the future.
Meister Of The Match: Sandro Wagner
It was another strong performance by the striker who is doing his best to have Jorgi Löw select him as one of the German strikers for the 2018 World Cup. Wagner consistently dropped deep for the ball to cycle possession but could also always be found in the box when Bayern was looking to score. It was his assist that set up Bayern’s opening goal and he scored what proved to be the game winning second goal as well. He did an excellent job alternating between acting as a target man and an attacking forward running in behind the lines as both tactics proved effective throughout the match.