Bayern Munich 5-1 Eintracht Frankfurt: Initial Observations and Analysis
- Bayern are champions. Again. Remarkable. It’s hard to believe that this team won the title after where they were back in the winter.
- Ribery and Robben forever in our hearts. Wonderful goals, including Ribery’s world class phenomenal goal, cemented their legend status.
- Rafinha (and probably Boateng) didn’t make the field in their last Bundesliga appearance, but we love you.
- Just remarkable. I’m on a high right now. Observations and Awards to come as per usual.
FULLTIME: Bayern Munich 5-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
87- The final moments are ticking away here, and it’s been quite the season. Bayern were down 10 points at one point, but the Bavarians stormed back and grabbed the championship. Marvelous. Marvelous, boys. We love you.
78- TOR! ARJEN ROBBEN! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! BAYERN MUNICH 5-1 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
What a moment! Minutes after Ribery’s legendary goal, Robben scores as well. The two legends are going out in style. I’m crying. You’re crying. Everyone is crying. ROBBERY FOREVER!
¡GOL del @FCBayernES!— FOX Deportes (@FOXDeportes) May 18, 2019
Claro, el que faltaba. Robben con el 5-1 y ya es una verdadera fiesta en cada del @FCBayernUS.@RodolfoLanderos @SirJohnLaguna @marianot19 #BundesligaEnFD pic.twitter.com/7xJ3DkFraD
73- TOR! SUPERTOR! FRANCK RIBERY! THE KING OF FRANCE! BAYERN MUNICH 4-1 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT!!!
Holy shiiiiiiiiii. Franck Ribery just did that. Ribery dribbled around two or three Frankfurt defenders before lifting a chip over Trapp for the goal. Unbelievable. The King of France lives.
¡GOL del @FCBayernES!— FOX Deportes (@FOXDeportes) May 18, 2019
Ribéry se despide del @FCBayernUS, no sin antes dejarnos con este GO-LA-ZO. Gracias, Franck. Danke, Franck. @RodolfoLanderos @SirJohnLaguna @marianot19 #BundesligaEnFD pic.twitter.com/S5UCIEDpZq
69- Muller dribbles around the box and crosses it back into the area. The ball finds Kimmich whose hard shot is cleared off the line by a Frankfurt defender. Trapp was beat.
67- Arjen Robben comes on for Serge Gnabry. The two players also share a big hug, and he gets a standing ovation.
61- Franck Ribery comes on for Kingsley Coman. The two share a big hug, and the crowd gives Ribery a standing ovation.
58- TOR! RENATO SANCHES! BAYERN MUNICH 3-1 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT!
What a terrific goal. Sanches receives the ball from Coman on the overlap and dribbles into the penalty area, faking a defending out of the way with a fake shot. His shot was then too powerful for Trapp to keep out (even though he got a hand to it), and Bayern take the 3-1 lead. CAN YOU FEEL IT?
Renato. Sanches.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 18, 2019
He scores his first-ever Bundesliga goal and makes it 3-1 Bayern! pic.twitter.com/kU3DOSRfK6
56- Gnabry almost scores a spectacular goal, but the ball goes wide of the goal. The cross from Coman was brilliantly headed further in the box on to Gnabry by Lewandowski. It was beautiful, but it didn’t come off.
51- TOR! DAVID ALABA! BAYERN MUNICH 2-1 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT!!!!
Muller rips a shot, and Trapp makes another spectacular save to keep it out of the back of the net. This time, however, Alaba is right on top of him and smashes in the rebound to give Bayern the lead once again.
50- Goal. Haller. Bayern Munich 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt. Kimmich and Alaba make a mess out of a Frankfurt corner, and Haller puts in the rebound off the crossbar.
48- Trapp is already back at it, making a nice foot save block on a Gnabry cross to get the ball out of the box.
46- The second half has kicked off.
Halftime Analysis and Observations
- The goal coming so early is such a let off for Bayern. Coman grabbing that goal means that some of the pressure has been released. Bayern win the meisterschale with a win or a draw, and that is made a little easier now.
- Yes, it’s true that VAR ruled correctly in taking away Gnabry’s goal. Lewandowski was offside on the replay. But, boy oh boy, doesn’t VAR just leave a sour taste in your mouth after last week’s clear and obvious wrong decision that made today mean anything other than a farewell party for Robben, Ribery, and Rafinha?
- Goretzka’s injury sucks. No doubt about it. I’ve seen unconfirmed reports on Twitter that it could be a hamstring, but we’ll wait to see more.
HALFTIME: Bayern Munich 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
43- The ball is spending a lot of time in midfield at the moment. Nobody really challenging.
38- Kovac makes a sub bringing off Goretzka for Sanches. Have to believe he picked up a knock of some sort out there.
32- Holy moly. A lot just happened. The ball hit Frankfurt’s crossbar, Trap made at least two great saves, and Gnabry just sent the ball wide. Close!
28- Welp. VAR strikes again. Lewandowski was offside on the build up. Goal doesn’t count.
26- TOR! FC BAYERN! SERGE GNABRY! BAYERN MUNICH 2-0 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT!
A long ball over the top finds Lewandowski, and he feeds it wide to Gnabry who runs in against Trapp and scores to make it 2-0.
24- The match has slowed a bit over the last five minutes. Frankfurt still sitting back looking to counter with their speed.
13- Lewandowski makes a slalom run through the Frankfurt defense before forcing Trapp into another great save. Bayern are pressing hard for that second goal.
12- De Guzman hits a shot from distance that slowly rolls into the arms of Ulreich.
9- ALMOST! Thiago with some nifty footwork to leave Frankfurt defenders behind him, and he finds Alaba at the top of the box. He winds up a classic ALABOOM!, but Trapp makes a spectacular save to keep him off the board. Lewandowski heads the resulting corner over the crossbar.
7- Gnabry gets through and rips another shot, nearly making it 2-0, but Trapp makes a nice foot save.
4- TOR! KINGSLEY COMAN! BAYERN MUNICH 1-0 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT!
What a goal. Lewandowski lays the ball off for Muller who plays it into space for Coman. He hits it first time, sending the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. What. A. Start!
Kickoff: We are underway! After an emotional presentation for Robben, Ribery, and Rafinha, it’s time for the Bavarians to get the job done.
One hour until kickoff: Lineups are out! We have Leon Goretzka in midfield!
You know, there was a time where it felt like we wouldn’t get here. When Bayern Munich threw away a lead to draw 3-3 against Fortuna Dusseldorf, it really did feel like the season was crashing down all around us. Now, almost six months later, we stand on the cusp of clinching the title.
This Niko Kovac’s chance to save his job. No matter what might be said in the media, if he can win today, he has a decent chance of staying. He has all that he needs to win this one — Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago, they’re all fit and ready to go. All we need is a win and we are champions, no matter what Borussia Dortmund do. This is what the season has been building up to.
It’s Bayern time.
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