Initial reactions and observations
- What a game by Michael Cuisance. His goal was sublime, and Robert Lewandowski will be thanking him for winning the penalty. It looks like the Frenchman has finally begun to show what he can do. Too bad he left it till matchday 34.
- Lewandowski looked like he was ripping his hair out because of the service he was getting. Poor guy really wanted more out of this game.
- Thomas Muller with a goal and assist — another excellent game from the Raumdeuter. He’s not had a single bad game under Hansi Flick. Imagine if Niko Kovac had the sense to not bench him.
- Philippe Coutinho was invisible after he came on. Barcelona will have a hell of a time trying to sell him.
- Alphonso Davies didn’t have the best of games — missing one start seems to have thrown off his form.
- Bayern have truly had a record breaking season. The top scorer, the top assist provider, the MVP, the rookie of the year, and the fastest player in the league all play for this club. It’s time for Flick and the boys to carry this form into the Pokal and the Champions League, and maybe win the elusive treble.
FT — That’s all folks! Bayern Munich see out the season with an impressive win.
79’ — GOAL! Müller brings down a loose ball and hammers it past Casteels into the net. 4-0 Bayern.
And Flick makes the final substitutions: Lucas Hernandez and Joshua Kimmich come on for Alaba and Goretzka.
72’ — GOAL! Robert Lewandowski leaves Casteels no chance.
71’ — Penalty for Bayern! Cuisance fights his way deep into the penalty box and is brought down by Guilavogui. That is Guilavogui’s second yellow. He is sent off.
67’ — Goretzka is back on his feet after receiving treatment. He was definitely in pain. It’s fortunate it looked (felt) worse than it was.
64’ — Might have an injury here: Leon Goretzka goes down in a nasty challenge by Guilavogui, who sees the yellow card. Goretzka is being treated.
GOAL... ugh, no goal. Benjamin Pavard’s shot bounces off Casteels. Lewandowski puts it over the line. VAR rules that he was offside.
62’ — Triple substitution for Bayern: Coutinho, Ivan Perisic, and Benjamin Pavard come on for Odriozola, Gnabry, and Coman.
56’ — Gnabry blows a big chance on a break up the right. Lewandowski is not amused when he shoots and is blocked instead of passing.
45’ — The second half is underway!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Alvaro Odriozola ... yikes. He’s been terrible. No wonder Madrid sent him to us.
- Michael Cuisance has had an excellent game thus far. The goal was well-taken, and his passes and ball-progression have been on point. This is a good sign for the Frenchman, who has found himself on the bench for much of this season.
- Thomas Muller once again breaks the assist record. One more and he puts it beyond doubt.
- Serge Gnabry has been a bit of a mess since the restart. He needs to get it together and star producing the goods.
- Casteels should have been sent off, poor decision by the ref.
HT — Bayern lead 2-1 at HT.
37’ — GOAL! Amazing curler by Cuisance. Amazing first Bundesliga coal for Michael Cuisance.
30’ — Coman missed a golden opportunity for a brace. He ends up on the end of a low cross intended for Lewandowski, but he shoots the ball into the side net.
3’ — GOAL! Coman scores after a scrumptious through ball from Thomas Muller.
Kickoff — We’re underway! Let’s hope to see a good game from the lads.
One hour until kickoff: Big news, Joshua Kimmich is finally being rested. No one saw that one coming.
Sad news everyone, the Bundesliga ends today. After this, us fans of Bayern Munich will have to watch the EPL for entertainment purposes — or worse, Serie A. So let’s enjoy this final 90 minutes of pure league goodness, before Bayern enter a gauntlet of one-legged knockout ties.
Wolfsburg aren’t an easy opponent, and with the DFB Pokal final looming, Hansi Flick will want to give most of his starters some game time to keep their rhythm. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller are still chasing some personal records, while Alphonso Davies returns to the pitch after serving his suspension against Freiburg. Meanwhile, Alvaro Odriozola finally gets another start, after months of languishing on the bench. Hopefully, Flick and the boys give the league a good sendoff, and we end the campaign on a high note.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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