Bayern Munich kept their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga after an amusing 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals from Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Aphonso Davies did the damage– in addition to a Martin Hinteregger own goal– as Borussia Dortmund are kept at arm’s length ahead of Tuesday’s crunch conference that might have a big state in the title race.
Certainly, if Hansi Flick’s men can beat Dortmund they will take an enormous action towards a 8th succeeding Bundesliga crown.
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However their lax safeguarding from set-pieces will be a cause for issue as 2 Hinteregger goals at the right end for Frankfurt in the space of 4 second-half minutes quickly threatened to thwart the hosts’ night.
Frankfurt have actually been problematic challengers for Bayern this season as it was Frankfurt’s 5-1 win in November’s reverse component game that triggered the sacking of Niko Kovac.
However there was never ever actually any possibility of a repeat, even with the Allianz Arena strangely empty.
An empty Allianz Arena saw a goalfest on Saturday night (Andreas Gebert/AP)
The writing was on the wall in the opening 15 minutes as Bayern lost 2 possibilities to enter front, first Lewandowksi rumbling an effort into the crossbar from a corner and after that Benjamin Pavard heading directly at Kevin Trapp when it appeared much easier to score.
The opener ultimately can be found in the 17 th minute and it was a fine move as Muller was released down the left and he pulled it back for Goretzka, who showed up late in the area with a stylish finish.
It was overall home dominance however Bayern had to wait till the 41 st minute to double their lead.
Thomas Muller scored his side’s second goal prior to half- time (Andreas Gebert/AP)
Davies had space left wing and discovered Muller, who tucked it away well, with the goal enabled to stand after a prolonged VAR check.
When Lewandowski scored his 42 nd goal of the season simply 45 seconds after the reboot, Frankfurt would have been fearing the worst.
The Poland striker powered home a header from Kingsley Coman’s cross to put his side 3 up.
However Bayern’s vulnerability from corners was highlighted two times in the space of 4 minutes as Frankfurt carried themselves back into the game.
First Hinteregger transformed at the second effort after he was inexplicably enabled to recover his first header and after that from their next attack, the defender sent out in a glancing header after nobody tracked his run.
However simply after the hour, Bayern relaxed their nerves and re-established their grip on the game, as Davies fired home from inside the area.
It ended up being something of a thrashing 16 minutes from time when Hinteregger got his feet tangled after Serge Gnabry surrounded goal and put the ball into his own net.