Bayern Munich continued their inexorable march towards a record fifth consecutive Bundesliga title courtesy of a Robert Lewandowski-inspired 3-0 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 24.
Despite a big win against Arsenal in London in midweek, Bayern were slow to get going early on, and Frankfurt could twice have taken the lead. Danny Blum forced a good save from Manuel Neuer, and only an outstanding last-ditch tackle from Mats Hummels denied Branimir Hrgota. The Eagles paid heavily for their profligacy, though: Lewandowski and Douglas Costa both slotted home from close-range shortly before the break to give the champions what would prove an unassailable lead.
Bayern continued in relentless fashion after the break: Makoto Hasebe cleared off the line from Thomas Müller four minutes into the second period, and although Ante Rebic rattled the bar at the other end, it was little surprise when Lewandowski expertly controlled Arjen Robben's cross and put past Hradecky in the 55th minute. The Pole could have had a third soon afterwards, but shot wide in a one-on-one with Hradecky, although it mattered little: Lewandowski had long since decided matters.
Man of the Match
Lewandowski was outstanding for Bayern: the Pole has now scored 14 goals in his last 12 games and is, on current form, the most deadly striker in the world. This was another display of centre-forward play of the highest quality from a man who now has 100 goals in 136 games for the club.
There was a genuinely touching moment in the 64th minute when Marco Russ replaced Makoto Hasebe in the Frankfurt defence. After overcoming testicular cancer, the 31-year-old made his first Bundesliga appearance of the season to rapturous applause from the Allianz Arena crowd.
- Philipp Lahm enjoyed his 30,000th touch in the Bundesliga in the 20th minute.
- Jerome Boateng featured for Bayern for the first time in 2017.
- Costa has now scored four goals this season, as many as in the entirety of 2015/16.
- Bayern scored with their first two shots on target.
Bayern Munich: Neuer - Lahm, Javi Martinez (Boateng, 65'), Hummels, Alaba - Vidal (Sanches, 78'), Thiago - Robben, Müller, Costa – Lewandowski (Coman, 75')
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky - Hector, Hasebe (Russ, 64'), Abraham - Chandler, Mascarell, Gacinovic, Tawatha - Blum (Barkok, 70'), Rebic – Hrgota (Fabian, 78')
Coach: Niko Kovac
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