After going down a man early, Bayern Munich suffered one of their worst losses in recent memory. Frankfurt took advantage early and often and ran away with the game in the second half. Although Bayern was only down one goal at the break, Frankfurt came out hot and beat the Rekordmeister for the first time since 2010. Here are our match awards for the game today.
Jersery swap: David Abraham
Eintracht’s captain was impactful on both sides of the ball. Shortly after halftime, when most thought that Bayern still had a decent chance, Abraham threw his body at a whipped in cross, beating Neuer and putting his side up 3-1. Shortly after, Lewandowski had the ball in center of the box with a great chance to score. However, Abraham was there and made a great save, as he turned his back to the ball. This great defensive play didn’t allow Bayern to steal back any momentum and the Eagles went on to score two more.
Tip of the cap: Manuel Neuer
Although five goals ultimately landed in the back of his net, Neuer didn’t make any huge mistakes. The two goals in the first half were caused by huge deflections that fell to pockets of space for an Eintracht player to pounce. These pockets of space could have been filled by a center-back, but unfortunately we had one sent off. However, the main reason why I am giving this award to Neuer is that Bayern could have lost by many more goals, if not for timely saves and clearances from our sweeper keeper Kapitan.
Golf Clap: Joshua Kimmich
Although I would have liked to see Kimmich step up a little more when his team faced adversity, the German international played with as much fire and passion as he always does, regardless of what the scoreline was. Being a man down didn’t allow Kimmich to play as freely as he normally likes to, but he still found his way into dangerous attacking positions throughout the game. Unfortunately, Kimmich, like most of his teammates, lacked the ability to finish today.
Standing ovation: Robert Lewandowski
After failing to score for the first time this season in all competitions on Tuesday in the DFB-Pokal, Lewandowski made sure to end his goal-scoring drought as soon as possible. Lewy is running away with the scoring title, the title of best number nine in the world, and our hearts. His goal today not only gave Bayern a spark of hope in the first half, but also made it fifteen goals in only ten Bundesliga games. However, games like this show that Lewandowski can’t carry this team alone. Lewandowski was visibly upset in the second half and reportedly was getting into shouting matches with teammates after the match was over. Hopefully our Polish hit-man can rally his teammates to get everything together ahead of another full week of games.
Meister of the match: Alphonso Davies
Although the Geburtstagskind would have liked to see a better result on his 19th birthday, Davies put in a great performance. Similar to Kimmich, Davies had to stay back more than he would have liked, but he still was able to play on both sides of the ball. The young Canadian was credited with the assist on Lewy’s goal. He also found himself one on one with the keeper and was able to slot the ball past him only for it to bounce off the post. Although that would have made the score only 4-2, who knows what could have happened with a little momentum and twenty minutes left to play. On the defensive side, Davies also worked hard. His defensive highlight came in the 61st minute, when the ball was chipped over Neuer and Davies was the last defender left to clear it off the line. Admittedly, it was an easy clearance, but he found himself at the right place at the right time.