It was a tale of two halves for Bayern Munich as they visited the surging Eintracht Frankfurt. After being down 2-0 at halftime, Bayern found new life in the second half. However, the Bayern attack could only find one goal and Bayern fell for the third time in this Bundesliga season. Here are our match awards.
Jersey Swap: Amin Younes
Younes was a thorn in Bayern’ side until he was subbed off. The forward found himself on the ball at various spots on the pitch, not just in the attack. Before scoring to make it 2-0, Younes saw Manuel Neuer off his line and nearly scored from midfield. Eventually, Younes scored a beautiful goal — a screamer into the far corner, which ended up being the winner.
Der Bomber: Robert Lewandowski
This was a frustrating game for Lewandowski. His teammates were not finding him the way they normally do. Unsurprisingly, the Polish striker still got a goal doing what he does best: being in the right place at the right time. The tap-in goal puts Lewy at 26 for the season. Just 14 off of Gerd Müller’s record.
Fußballgott: Leon Goretzka
Although Kimmich had another solid, consistent performance in the midfield, the game changed for Bayern when Goretzka came on at halftime. He brought life back to the midfield after a non-existent performance from Roca in the first half. The box-to-box midfielder was a menace on both offense and defense, keeping the Eintracht attack at bay and creating chances for Bayern to score.
Der Kaiser: Alphonso Davies
Another day, another season speed record for the young Canadian defender. Davies has made it back to the form he was in last season. Up and down the field all night, Davies made his presence felt on both sides of the ball. His cross-field switch to Sane began the beautiful sequence that led to Bayern’s only goal. At the end of the game, Davies was able to show that he can still play on the wing, as Flick entrusted him to help in the attack. We may see more of this, as the injury bug seems to have hit Bayern.
Meister of the match: Leroy Sane
Sane’s first half was forgettable and frustrating to watch. Although I was cursing his name in the first half, Sane came out of the locker room with new life after the break. His touches weren’t as heavy, and his decision making was much improved. He ended the night with five key passes including his assist to set up Lewandowski. The setup that led to the assist was probably the best thing we have seen from Bayern this week. He was able to slice and dice his way past multiple defenders inside the box at a time, almost using the terrible field conditions to his advantage. In that moment, it seemed that time slowed down for Sane as he effortlessly flicked the ball back towards Lewandowski, who slotted the ball home.