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WHAT A GOAL FROM RAFINHA!
The right-back is clearly looking to cross the ball to Lewandowski at the back-post, but instead, his cross goes over the head of Trapp and into the far bottom corner. A perfect way for Bayern to seal a vital win!
GOAL!0 : 3
LOOKING COMFORTABLE NOW FOR BAYERN...
The defending champions are showing their experience now in the final minutes, keeping things simple throughout the pitch. Thomas Müller has shown some frustration with challenges he's suffered, but he'll be happy should the score stay like this.
RIBERY DOES IT AGAIN!
Like a fine wine, Ribery just seems to be getting better and better with age. He picks up the ball in midfield and charges forward. He then combines with Kimmich into the box and hits a first-time shot at goal, finding the inside of the post and then the back of the net...
GOAL!0 : 2
HALLER HEADS OVER!
Müller does well to keep the ball in on the Bayern by-line and swings a cross into the box. Haller is the first to the ball under a challenge, and can only head the ball over Neuer's goal.
JOVIC GOES JUST WIDE...
Lovely interplay between Haller and de Guzman as the Frenchman lays the ball off for the substitute. He then brings the ball forward and finds Jovic to the left side of the box, and the striker smashes a shot at goal, but it his the side netting at Neuer's near post.
THIS GAME COULD GO EITHER WAY
Neither side is in full control of this game right now. The ball is spending the majority of it's time in the Frankfurt half, with Bayern using it, but the home side are also looking dangerous when going forward, despite it being rare at the moment.
Jonathan de Guzman
HUGE CHANCE FOR DA COSTA!
The full-back is in the right place at the right time from a Frankfurt corner, but his finish isn't controlled at all and Neuer is able to grab the ball out of the air on the Bayern goal-line.
Frankfurt are finding it difficult to stay in possession for longer periods of time here, but their counter-attack is working well. A ball into the box almost finds Jovic at the box post. The search for an equaliser continues.
CHANCE FOR LEWY!
Great play from Ribery to weave his way into the box and then find Lewandowski in the box. The Pole doesn't control the ball properly though, and the chance goes to waste after he was in a perfect position to score.
DESERVED LEAD FOR BAYERN
After a fantastic start from the home side they were made to rue their chances after Franck Ribery found the net just after the half-hour mark. Frankfurt will be looking to find their creative edge against in the second half, while Bayern will want to continue they way they ended the second period.
MÜLLER HITS THE BAR!
It's almost another assist for Lewandowski as the Pole makes the most of a shoddy clearance from Falette. He dinks the ball towards the near post and Müller's run is perfect to meet the ball, but his header cannons back off the crossbar.
Jonathan de Guzman
The Serbian midfielder is not going to be able to continue here after pulling up with what looks to be a hamstring injury. Jonathan de Guzman is getting ready on the bench.
THIAGO HAS A SHOT...
Ribery was down, but definitely not out as he takes the ball 40 yards from goal and races through the Frankfurt defence to the edge of the box. He then finds Thiago in space, and the Spaniard goes onto his right foot before shooting at goal, but Trapp saves comfortably.
The Frenchman is now receiving treatment on his right foot. It looks as if he'll be able to continue, but it's a nasty knock nonetheless.
RIBERY DOES THE BUSINESS!
Müller finds Lewandowski in the box, who turns past Falette well to earn enough space to then play the ball across to Ribery. The Frenchman makes no mistake with half of the goal open for him to aim at...
GOAL!0 : 1
MARTINEZ HEADS OVER!
Another corner causes problems for Frankfurt and Martinez has a header at the back post, with Trapp out of his goal. The Spaniard can't get his effort on target though.
A shot on goal from Frankfurt forces a save from Neuer before a counter-attack begins with a kick upfield to Ribery who does superbly to get a cross in. It's blocked by the Frankfurt defence, but it's another quality moment of football from both sides in what has been a great start to this game.
CAN'T CATCH A BREAK HERE!
What a fantastic start to this game. It's end-to-end action, with both teams coming within inches of opening the scoring. The atmosphere is electric and the players totally invested.
WHAT A SAVE FROM TRAPP!
The corner comes in and Javi Martinez has a free header, but Trapp pulls off a superb save. The ball only goes as far as Müller, though, who himself heads back at goal and somehow Trapp tips the ball over his own crossbar while being down on the floor. Outstanding goalkeepeing.
NOW IT'S JOVIC'S TURN!
Superb break from Frankfurt as Luka Jovic finds Haller, who returns the ball to the Serbian with a bit of space ahead of him. A tackle comes in from Boateng, but Jovic gets a shot away which creeps just inches past Neuer's post...
NOW HALLER HAS A GO!
Frankfurt's bright start continues as Haller breaks away from the Bayern defence and shoots at goal, but it's well blocked by Niklas Süle with a last-ditch tackle.
DA COSTA WITH A CHANCE!
Superb play from the home side to earn the first shot on goal of the game. Kostic finds Jovic in the middle, on the edge of the Bayern box, and he is able to find Danny da Costa in achers of space. His shot is well saved though by Neuer.
Both sides are getting on the ball in the early stages with tackles flying in already. Jetro Willems and Thomas Müller have a coming together with the ball in the air, and Müller isn't happy about the challenge. It's going to be a battle for every ball this evening.
UNDERWAY IN FRANKFURT!
Frankfurt shooting from right to left in this first half, with Bayern in their famous red.
ATMOSPHERE IS PALPABLE!
It's an incredible atmosphere in the Commerzbank-Arena, with a sold-out stadium ready for a blockbuster end to 2018 for both of these sides. The players are in the tunnel and ready to get on the pitch.
The Germany international has been forced to withdraw from the starting line-up for Bayern after picking up an injury in the warm-up. Jerome Boateng comes in to start in his place.
FRANKFURT OUT FOR REVENGE!
A sense of rivalry is beginning to brew between these sides. Following Frankfurt's incredible DFB Cup final win over Bayern last may, the defending champions then fought back to win the Supercup in emphatic fashion. Now it's the turn of the Bundesliga match, with Frankfurt in with a chance of closing their gap to Bayern to just three points.
THE SECOND RETURN OF KOVAC
Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has already taken his new side back to his old stomping ground, when Bayern trumped Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the DFL Supercup in August. This is his first return in the Bundesliga, and a must-win game for the defending Bundesliga champions. Bayern sit nine points behind Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga as it stands, but it could be a six-point gap heading into the winter break should Bayern get the job done tonight.
Neuer (c) - Rafinha, Süle, Hummels, Alaba - Kimmich, Martinez - Müller, Thiago, Ribery - Lewandowski Subs: Ulreich, Wagner, Boateng, Coman, Mai, Shabani
Trapp - Salcedo, Falette, N'Dicka - da Costa, Fernandes (c), Gacinovic, Willems - Kostic - Haller, Jovic Subs: Rönnow, de Guzman, Stendera, Russ, Müller, Tawatha, Hrgota
TEAM NEWS IS IN...
The all-important line-ups are now official, and there has been some late injury news for both sides...
Welcome along to the match centre for the game Frankfurt vs. FC Bayern from matchday 17 of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season at the Commerzbank-Arena. Check back here for full information on the match.