Bayern Munich warmed up for Tuesday’s must-win UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid with a 4-1 victory over Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena.
Head coach Jupp Heynckes fielded a much-changed side to the one that lost to Madrid in Munich on Wednesday, making eight changes in total and handing competitive first-team debuts to teenage trio Niklas Dorsch, Meritan Shabani and Franck Evina. The first real opportunity of the game fell to the visitors - Luka Jovic forcing Sven Ulreich into a smart save inside the first ten minutes - but Bayern soon settled and went close to opening the scoring themselves when Evina curled a left-footed shot just past the upright. Sandro Wagner volleyed straight at Lukas Hradecky not long afterwards but the visitors’ resistance was eventually broken two minutes before the interval, Dorsch slotting home Wagner’s low cross for his first Bayern goal.
Undeterred, Frankfurt came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second half. Marco Fabian was denied by a superb block by Niklas Süle, before Marius Wolf dragged a shot wide after fine work from substitute Sebastien Haller. The champions soon doubled their advantage, however, Wagner slipping a cool finish through Hradecky's legs for his eighth Bundesliga goal for the Bavarians. Haller escaped the attentions of Mats Hummels to pull a goal back for the Eagles with 12 minutes left on the clock, but Rafinha and Süle struck late on to seal the three points for Heynckes’ side.
- Bayern fielded their youngest starting XI since 1971.
- Hummels captained Bayern for the very first time at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 32.
- Dorsch scored his first Bundesliga goal on his competitive debut for the club.
- The Bavarians have now won their last five meetings with Eintracht with a goal difference of 22-3.
- The record titleholders have not lost any of their last 38 Bundesliga home games, the third-longest such streak in the club’s history.
- Frankfurt, meanwhile, have now lost their last six on the road.
Bayern: Ulreich - Kimmich (Rafinha 45'), Mai, Hummels (c), Bernat - Dorsch, Rudy, Shabani (Thiago 56') - Evina (Süle 66'), Tolisso - Wagner
Unused subs: Starke, Lewandowski, James, Müller
Absentees: Neuer (foot), Alaba (thigh), Vidal (knee), Coman (ankle), Boateng (thigh), Robben (groin)
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Da Costa, Abraham (c) (Russ 45'), Falette – Wolf, Mascarell, Gacinovic (Cavar 59'), Willems – Fabian – Jovic, Hrgota (Haller 65')
Unused subs: Zimmermann, Fernandes, Chandler, Tawatha
Absentees: Salcedo (collarbone), Boateng (thigh), Hasebe (suspended), De Guzman (hamstring), Mandela Mbouhoum (knee), Rebic (calf)
Coach: Niko Kovac
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