Nobody expected this match to turn out the way it did. Most football fans expected that Bayern Munich would have an easy task when facing Heidenheim. But, the team from the 2.Liga were a tough nut to crack. Bayern took an early lead but suffered an unanticipated setback when Niklas Süle received a straight red card after VAR review. It was a wild ride from there on out! See who stood out in our match rewards.
Jersey Swap: Robert Glatzel
Heidenheim’s hat-trick hero. It was a brilliant game for the best goalscorer of his team. Glatzel had a great game and deserves praise for it. Another notable performance comes from their captain — Marc Schnatterer. He also had a good game and was one of the brightest spots of Heidenheim’s team tonight. Schnatterer was spotted helping carry the team’s jerseys out of the locker room after the match. That’s staying grounded, if anything.
Generally, the whole opposing team deserves some credit. Heidenheim fought bravely and nearly pulled off a massive upset.
Tip of the Cap: Leon Goretzka
The young midfielder had a good game. Goretzka helped the team with the first goal. His passes were important throughout the game and made with 90% pass accuracy. Goretzka was also vital for both the defense and the attack. Goretzka struggled somewhat in the chaos after Süle was sent off — as did the entire team. But in the second half, Goretzka was notably better and played a key role in Bayern’s transitional play.
Golf Clap: Serge Gnabry
It is good to see Gnabry in goal-scoring form for both Germany and Bayern. He started this match as a number “9” but after Süle was sent off, Gnabry switched back to the wing. In the second half he scored an easy goal, but he generally was unlucky: two fantastic shots and both hit the woodwork! But overall, Gnabry had a solid match and will hopefully continues his current form against Borussia Dortmund.
Standing Ovation: Thomas Müller
It was just beautiful to watch Müller’s goal and his fantastic assist. I personally can’t decide which I fancy more. Müller showed a lot of character tonight and delivered a truly captain-like performance. He constantly pushed his teammates to be aggressive and drove Bayern’s attack. His partnership with Lewandowski is truly amazing, which leads us to...
Meister of the match: Robert Lewandowski
Tonight he showed what he means for the Bavarians. He was the true game-changer, alongside Müller. It took Lewandowski just eight minutes to impact the game with an assist and another two minutes to score a goal of his own. In the final moments of the game, Lewy scored from the penalty spot to give Bayern an 5:4 win at Allianz Arena! He received the award for “Man of the Match” after the game, and deservedly so. He was the missing link from Bayern’s attack — a substitute practically worth two men as he lifted the team from a ten-men defeat.