FC Bayern Munich played their first home game since the Bundesliga’s return. After a routine first half Bayern were leading 2-0 at the break. Coming out of break was a different story. After Lewandowski scored in 54 seconds, Frankfurt scored two goals in quick succession to make it a one-goal game. After that Bayern were able to settle in and cruise to a 5-2 victory. Here are our match awards.
Jersey swap: Martin Hinteregger
After Lewandowski made it a three-goal advantage for Bayern, Martin Hinteregger scored two quick goals off of set pieces to make it a bit scary for the Bavarians. The first goal came off of a free kick that went a bit over Hinteregger’s head. He collected it well but kicked it awkwardly off the pitch, pushing past Manuel Neuer. The second goal, just three minutes later, came off a corner kick to the near post that Hinteregger was able to head past Neuer again and into goal. It is of note that both assists came from former Bayern man, Sebastian Rode. Already scoring a brace, Hinteregger was going for one more goal to complete the hat trick. He got that goal, but unfortunately it was in his own goal, which gave Bayern back their three goal advantage.
Tip of the cap: Leon Goretzka
Goretzka got the party started by scoring the first goal of the game in the 17th minute, his fourth of the season. Goretzka was a force on both sides of the field for the rest of the night. He made crucial steps to break up runs and passes on defense. On offence he completed 90% of his passes. Overall, a great performance for the German international.
Honorable mention goes to Robert Lewandowski, who continued on his goal-scoring tear and made some pretty great passes in the first half.
Golf clap: Kingsley Coman
Coman put in the type of shift that we all expect to see from him. The only thing missing tonight was a goal. Even without that, however, Coman was still spectacular. He was credited with six key passes on the night and assisted Lewy’s goal in the first minute of the second half. The young Frenchman made great runs all night, making himself available in the attack.
Standing ovation: Thomas Müller
Muller was brilliant tonight, racking up a goal and an assist. Even though the formation showed him playing as the central attacking midfielder, Muller found himself on the left, right, and center of the field all night long. The freedom that that position affords him allowed him to make the brilliant runs that broke down Frankfurt’s defense. He assisted Goretzka’s goal on a clean pass from the end-line. He then went on to score a goal off of a great ball from Davies, making it 2-0 right before halftime. Mueller’s performance this year since Hansi Flick took over is simply remarkable.
Meister of the match: Alphonso Davies
Davies’ speed was on full view tonight, as he tracked down balls on defense or raced to get in on the end of a pass in the attack. All night he found himself up and down that left side of the field. Davies assisted on Müller’s goal right before halftime with a nice lobbing pass over the defense. After Frankfurt scored two goals in the second half to make it close, Davies brought the ball down the field and cut into the middle of the box. After laying it off to a teammate, the ball was deflected back to Davies by a defender. He was then able to dribble around one defender and blast it into the back of the net to restore a two-goal advantage. Week in and week out, Davies is proving to be one of the top young talents in the world. It is no wonder that Bayern recently extended the young Canadian through 2025.