3-0 Defeat in Munich
Despite various scoring opportunities the Eagles lost the away match against Bayern München 3-0. Lewandowski (39', 55') and Costa (41') scored the goals.
It was the 100th encounter between Bayern and Eintracht in a competitive match and the situation ahead of the match was pretty different for either side. While Bayern had their full sqaud available including all their world class players, Niko Kovac had to cope without around 12 players due to injuries, illness or match bans. He made one change to his starting line-up compared to last week's match against Freiburg, David Abraham returned from his ban and replaced Bastian Oczipka.
Chances for SGE
Right from kick-off the newly assembeld Eintracht team made life difficult for the mighty favourites from Bavaria. They defended high up the pitch and repeatedly forced FCB into incomplete passes and mistakes. That way Chandler won the ball on the right and found Rebic in the middle who mis-hit the ball though, his shot from a promising position went over the bar (2'). At the other end Vidal had a go with a header from a difficult angle which was no threat for SGE and goalkeeper Hradecky (16').
Then Hrgota was through on goal and went past Neuer on an open goal, while everybody expected him to tap in Bayern defender Hummels was able to clear the ball with a well-timed last man tackle - what a chance for the Eagles (19')! FCB's Costa volleyed an Alaba pass over the bar before again Eintracht put pressure on the Bayern defense - Blum's attempt was handled by Neuer (28') and Hector couldn't connect with a Rebic flick-on of a cross by Blum (31').
Against the Run of Play
But as it usually happens when a team does not convert their chances against Bayern it went this time also as Ancelotti's men showed their efficiency up-front. Müller and Lewandowski played a one-two into SGE's box and Lewandowski converted from close range, it was 1-0 to the hosts (38') from their first major opportunity in the match.
Eintracht answered with yet another great chance to score - Rebic went past Müller and Lahm on the left, his cross into the box was good but Hrgota at the far post missed the ball by an inch or two, what an opportunity again (40'). From that scene Bayern created another fluent attack via Vidal as well as Alaba, and finally Costa volleyed in from close range (41'). The two goal halftime lead for Bayern was against the run of play as Eintracht had some great scoring opportunities while the hosts converted their only two decent chances of the first half in a most clinical fashion.
The match continued in a highly entertaining way which was also down to Eintracht's confident attacking. First Hasebe showed great commitment with a goal line clearance of a Müller chip over Hradecky (49'). At the other end it was again Rebic - who had a good match - with a cracking shot from the edge of the box that hit the cross-bar, another big chance to get a goal back (51').
75,000 at the sold-out Munich Arena saw Bayern topping up their lead when Robben found again Lewandowski with a cross, the Poland international scored from around 10 meters and it was pretty much "game over" for SGE (55').
Moment of the Match: Russ Comeback
It was great to see Marco Russ returning to the field in Bundesliga also, he has recovered from a tumor disease and came on for Makoto Hasebe who had a cut in his shin that needed stitching (64'). Lewandowski had another good chance but this time put the ball a few inches wide (67'), other than that there were a few long range shots at either end but no major chances to report.
Marco Fabian also returned from his long absence and replaced Hrgota (78'), it was good to see some long-term convalescents returning to on-pitch action. Overall it was a decent performance of the Eagles apart from their chance conversion, Bayern proved mighty clinical in front of goal and hence scored three times to win the match. SGE coach Kovac confirmed during the post match press conference that he and the lads will mostly take positives with them from that game in Munich. Next up is the home match against HSV on Saturday (18:30 CET).