Late goals from Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben earned FC Bayern München a hard-fought 2-0 victory at FC Ingolstadt 04.
FC Ingolstadt 04 0-2 FC Bayern München
The league leaders went into the game four points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the table, but struggled for long periods of the first half against a resolute Ingolstadt side. Indeed, aside from a Mats Hummels header that whistled just over the crossbar, there was precious little in the way of goalmouth action in the opening 45 minutes at the Audi Sportpark.
The visitors upped the tempo at the start of the second half and very nearly broke the deadlock through Thomas Müller, whose goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by the retreating Florent Hadergjonaj. Just as the game appeared to be heading for a draw, Vidal ghosted in behind the Ingolstadt defence to turn in from close range, before Robben put the result beyond doubt with a fierce effort 90 seconds later.
Man of the Match
Not only did his stoppage-time strike break Ingolstadt’s stubborn resistance, Vidal also won more challenges than any other Bayern player at the Audi Sportpark.
The victory lifts Bayern seven points clear of Leipzig, who suffered a shock defeat to Hamburger SV on Saturday. There is a lot of football still to be played this season, but it will take something extraordinary to rob the Bavarians of a fifth straight Bundesliga title.
- Vidal's previous two Bundesliga goals for Bayern also opened the scoring.This was the first time Robert Lewandowski has failed to score in a league match against Ingolstadt. The Poland international rattled the crossbar with a powerful strike from distance, but didn't manage to find the net.Manuel Neuer kept his 100th Bundesliga clean sheet for Bayern at the Audi Sportpark.
Ingolstadt: Hansen – Tisserand, Matip, Bregerie – Suttner, Morales, Cohen, Hadergjonaj – Leckie (Jung 89'), Groß (Lex 79'), Lezcano (Hinterseer 74')
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Bayern: Neuer – Lahm (Rafinha 80'), Hummels, Martinez, Alaba – Vidal, Alonso (Costa 65') – Thiago, Kimmich (Robben 74'), Müller – Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
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