FC Bayern München’s record-breaking winning streak came to an end on Friday evening as the Bundesliga leaders were held to a 0-0 draw away to Eintracht Frankfurt in Matchday 11's opener.
Wary of Bayern’s lethal attacking line-up, Frankfurt’s game plan was clear from the off: sit deep, close down the spaces and be aggressive in the tackle. It was very effective for the most part and they reduced their visitors to sporadic sightings of goal, with Arturo Vidal’s close-range header from Arjen Robben’s cross in the 11th minute the closest they went to opening the scoring in an intensely-fought first half.
The hosts almost gifted Bayern the lead within seconds of the restart following two defensive errors, but Douglas Costa was unable to beat goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. And while the visitors remained on top, Frankfurt remained adventurous and troubled Bayern with some swift counterattacks, Stefan Aigner in particular proving troublesome down the right wing. Yet despite Bayern’s late pressure for a winner, Frankfurt held on to secure a valuable point.
Man of the match
Bayern had scored in every competitive match this season – until their visit to the Commerzbank Arena. It was not through a lack of trying either, but largely down to Frankfurt centre-half Carlos Zambrano. The Peruvian put in a towering display to keep the visitors at bay, expertly marshalling Robert Lewandowksi in and around the box to secure a clean sheet.
Having seemingly set records in every game this season en route to winning all ten of their opening league matches, Bayern dropped points for the first time in 2015/16.
- For the first time in a competitive game this season, David Alaba was not in Bayern’s starting XI.
- Frankfurt’s Aigner was shown the earliest yellow card this season – inside the opening minute.
- This was Frankfurt’s 400th Bundesliga draw.
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Hasebe, Zambrano, Abraham, Oczipka – Ignjovski, Medojevic (Russ 77’), Stendera (Djakpa 90’) – Aigner (Reinartz 88’), Meier, Seferovic
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm (Alaba 76’), Martinez, Boateng, Rafinha (Müller 51’) – Alonso – Robben, Vidal, Costa, Coman (Thiago 65’) - Lewandowski