Bayern Munich continued their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win at SpVgg Greuther Fürth thanks to goals from Thomas Muller (10’), Joshua Kimmich (31’), and an own goal from Fürth’s Sebastian Griesbeck (68’). Benjamin Pavard made life more difficult for Julian Nagelsmann and company after he was sent off three minutes into the second half for a sliding challenge from behind on Julian Green, who was in on Manuel Neuer’s goal. Lucas Hernandez was technically nearby for cover, but Pavard was deemed to be the last man back and thus, saw straight red.
Even with being reduced to ten men, Bayern controlled proceedings and on the balance, out shot Fürth 12:10, though the home side did have more shots on target overall than Bayern (5:4). As the scorer of the first goal, Muller said after the match that he felt Bayern could’ve created more chances with how much control they had on the match, highlighting the fact that they did miss two good chances on counter attacks (tz). “When you see us play, it sometimes looks pretty good. Of course we scored three goals again and we were very serious. But, to be completely honest, we didn’t make enough of the spaces in the first half. That’s a bit annoying,” he explained.
It was Alphonso Davies that teed up Muller in the tenth minute for Bayern’s opener and it came on the tail end of a counter attack after they’d won possession in their own third. In typical “FC Bayern Roadrunner” fashion, Davies bombed down the left flank before playing a precise low cross into the box. The cross did take an ever so slightly fortuitous deflection towards Muller, but the Raumdeuter made no mistakes from just a few steps inside the eighteen yard box. His shot trickled in off of the inside of Sascha Burchert’s right post.
When he was asked about his goal, Muller gave plenty of praise to the man he personally dubbed the Roadrunner, highlighting how much he feel’s his vision has grown in the attacking third. “He’s got a better eye now, the ball is of course served precisely. I was very happy to meet it,” Muller said.
Highlights of all the goals: