Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich will take a four-point lead into Tuesday’s top-of-the-table conflict with Borussia Dortmund following an entertaining victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
With Dortmund having narrowed the hole on the prime to a single level earlier on Saturday, Bayern staged the proper response, barring one three-minute interval.
Leon Goretzka’s excellent strike and a close-range Thomas Muller end gave them a 2-Zero half-time lead, which Robert Lewandowski added to with a header lower than a minute into the second half.
However Frankfurt staged an unlikely fightback, scoring twice in three minutes by defender Martin Hinteregger – the primary a mishit volley, the second a header from a nook.
Nevertheless, any hopes the guests had of a well-known consequence had been dashed when Alphonso Davies capitalised on a defensive mistake to make it 4-2 earlier than Hinteregger bundled the ball over his personal line following Serge Gnabry’s flick for Bayern’s fifth.
Struggling Frankfurt have now misplaced 5 Bundesliga video games on the bounce courtesy of conceding 5 to Bayern for the second time this season.
A recreation that deserved a crowd
Bayern resumed their season following the two-month coronavirus shutdown with victory at Union Berlin final Sunday, and adopted it up with this, their 16th win in 17 video games in all competitions.
Normally dwelling to 75,000 vociferous followers, the abandoned Allianz Area made for an odd and eerie backdrop to an in any other case usually vibrant and gripping Bayern dwelling show.
The strict hygiene measures put in place on the primary weekend of German top-flight soccer’s return had been once more current and proper – staggered warm-ups, teaching employees and substitutes carrying masks and all separated by two metres on the sidelines.
However whereas the Bayern gamers did their finest to cheer their constructive work, the targets and play main as much as them had been deserving of better appreciation within the stadium.
Goretzka’s end was elegant, steered into the web with an opened boot following a neat ball from Muller.
Muller did what Muller does, slotting dwelling after chesting the ball down to assert his 117th Bundesliga objective.
Lewandowski, ever the predator, regarded to have completed the sport as a contest earlier than the second half had even hit its stride with a thumping header from Kingsley Coman’s cross.
Hinteregger’s two targets on the proper finish had been as effectively taken as his objective on the unsuitable one was calamitous.
Davies utilised his tempo and consciousness to latch on to a misplaced move from Gelson Fernandes and slot dwelling to conclude a mad opening 15 minutes to the second half.
And there may simply have been extra.
Lewandowski hit the bar with a shot and Benjamin Pavard noticed a header from point-blank vary saved with the sport nonetheless goalless.
On the different finish and later within the recreation, Manuel Neuer produced an excellent block to stop Mijat Gacinovic from making it 4-3, whereas Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic was very unfortunate, hitting the within of the submit with a fierce shot following an excellent solo run.
An surprising take a look at then for Bayern, however one they might recognize come Tuesday’s Der Klassiker – a recreation that might go a protracted strategy to deciding if Bayern proceed their run of getting received the Bundesliga yearly since 2012-13.