Result: Bayern Munich lose first in seven falling 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayern Munich
Bundesliga Matchday 22
20/02/21

Bayern Munich lost only their third game of the season – second of the year – succumbing 2-1 to Frankfurt.

Frankfurt are the most inform team in Bundesliga climbing from ninth at Christmas to joint third after today’s result.

Goals from Daichi Kamada and the outstanding Amin Younes cancelled out Robert Lewandowski’s record breaking twenty-sixth goal of the season.

The loss means Leipzig – who play tomorrow – could move to within two points of Bayern having been ten points behind before the Reds went to Qatar for the Club World Championships.

Bayern lose for a second time in a row in Frankfurt courtesy of Amin Younes’ stunning strike

Bayern’s struggles in Frankfurt

Bayern’s record isn’t as watertight as it might seem against Frankfurt. The 8IAR champs have only lost one of the last seven against Die Adler and in the reverse fixture, on matchday 5 of this season, Bayern thrashed Frankfurt 5-1 with a hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski.

However in the last fixture at Deutsche Bank Park the champions lost 5-1 to Adi Hutter’s side. And with Frankfurt having not lost since the start of December, and being the most inform team in the league since the turn of the year (seven wins, one draw), the sense was this wouldn’t be another wundervoller walzer for the Reds.

Before kick-off Bayern were the only defending champions across Europe’s top five leagues that occupied first place. Losing today would open the door for RB Leipzig to re-enter Germany’s title race.

Coming into round 22 Leipzig were five points behind Bayern, the Red Bulls scheduled to play on Sunday. That lead could be cut to two if Bayern didn’t take three points from the state of Hesse. Couple into the mix sketchy form and mounting injury problems, the good ship Hansi seems to be creaking somewhat.

Bayern drew their last league game against relegation battlers Arminia Bielefeld in a 3-3 thriller on Monday night then had to contest a week which saw midfielder Corentin Tolisso ruled out for the season and Benjamin Pavard going into isolation along with Thomas Muller after providing a positive covid test.

It’s little surprise Bayern’s woes coincide with Muller’s absence. The Bayern great is instrumental to making this German juggernaut tick.

Joshua Kimmich was back in the side with Javi Martinez and Leon Goretzka, both on the bench after covid absences.

Bayern had a lift in the news that Frankfurt’s Andre Silva would miss the match through a back injury – the free scoring Portuguese is currently top goalscorer in Europe this year (9).

Silva’s absence meant Luka Jovic got a rare start after returning from a disastrous spell at Real Madrid – Madrid paid 30m euros a piece for each of Jovic’s two goals before loaning him back to Frankfurt in the Winter window to try get some sort of form into their extravagant outlay.

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First half – the outstanding Amin Younes

Whilst Bayern had one eye on one of Frankfurt’s loanees they couldn’t be expected to predict the explosive performance of the other loanee Amin Younes – in from Napoli – who was explosive in the first half.

The short burley attacking midfielder motored circles round the Bayern defence causing constant anguish to Alaba, Boateng, Sule and co.

Daichi Kamada opened the scoring, taking Filip Kostić’s low cross off the toe of Jovic to score, then Younes firmly placed his name under the MOTM moniker with a bullet from the left side of Neuer’s box that took the most direct route into the opposite corner.

Between the goals Younes tried probably the most audacious thing to attempt in world football – scoring from the halfway line against the best keeper in the world. Amazingly his strike beat Neuer but was just wide of the sticks.

Second half the metronomic Robert Lewandowski pulled one back. Sane was the architect selling Sebastian Rode and Evan N’Dicka the dummy before teeing it up for Lewan to tap in from the penalty spot.

26 in 21 matches for the Pole in pursuit of Müller’s 40 goal record. Lewan averages a goal every 105 minutes in his entire German top flight career – the best rate in history together with Gerd Müller.

Bayern were more themselves in the second half which might have coincided with the return of Goretzska. The German midfielder came on for the ineffectual Marc Roca.

Goretska came close with a number of headers the closet looping just wide of the post on 64’ as Bayern pinned Frankfurt back.

Bayern would have been pleased to see Younes be replaced by Ammen Barkok with fifteen to go and relieved referee Sascha Stegemann didn’t point to the spot when it looked like Alphonso Davies held back Ragner Ache with Frankfurt on the break.

English/German prodigy Jamal Musiala came on for Coman with ten to go and was close, along with Lewandowski, getting on the end of a Sule shot come cross.

Musiala is one of Bundesliga’s hottest prospects and the German born forward who grew up in New Malden London seems still undecided which national side he’ll represent.

Musiala had another chance right at the death but put his header at the back post high and wide.

There were a flurry of chances from both sides at the end the best being a Kostic shot from ten yards that Neuer did brilliant to get down quick and save.

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