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April 6, 2013 7:00 PM IST
Commerzbank-Arena — Frankfurt am Main
Referee:‬ F. Meyer‎
Attendance:‬ 51500‎
 
Top of the Match
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bayern
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bayern
Flop of the Match
Martin Lanig
Martin Lanig
Eintracht Frankfurt
Takashi Inui
Takashi Inui
Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich: Sublime Schweinsteiger seals 23rd title with six rounds to spare

The Germany star scored at the Commerzbank Arena with a superb backheel to wrap up the Bundesliga in record time

By Enis Koylu

Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayern Munich
Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title with a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena.

Unsurprisngly, with the title there for the winning, Bayern took the early initiative, with Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben and Alaba all finding space down the wings, but the first effort of note came from Frankfurt as Takashi Inui fired over from distance.

The visitors, however, were certainly the team on top. Some neat build-up play from Robben and Thomas Muller presented Xherdan Shaqiri with the chance to shoot, and the Swiss youngster's long-range effort rattled the post.

The former Basel man had another strike saved, Robben narrowly missed Gomez's left-wing cross then in the 26th minute they were presented with a golden opportunity to have a goal to show for their efforts.

Marco Russ' shove on Thomas Muller saw the referee point to the spot, but Alaba's penalty was a poor one, striking the post en route to going wide.

The miss almost proved costly. Within seconds, a fantastic last-ditch challenge from Jerome Boateng prevented Inui from running clear.

Atfter that, the first half fizzled out disappointingly. Nikolov made a great save to keep out Schweinsteiger's cross-shot and Robben had another poor effort, but Bayern largely failed to craft many more chances.

Muller had appeals for another a penalty turned down on the stroke of the break, ensuring parity at the halfway point.

Jupp Heynckes' side came out with renewed intensity after the restart, with Gomez forcing the ball to Robben under heavy pressure, only for the Dutchman to miss from a matter of yards.

But their wastefulness did not continue. Philipp Lahm found some space down the right and fed Schweinsteiger, who flicked it brilliantly into the net at the near post.

Despite only trailing by one goal, Frankfurt had no sort of impetus until late on. Indeed, Manuel Neuer was not forced into a save of note until the hour mark, when he was forced to get down to save Inui's tame long-range strike.

However, Heynckes withdrew both Robben and Muller which saw Bayern's intensity die down as the hosts enjoyed more possession, resulting in another Inui shot which Neuer blocked easily.

Indeed, when they had committed men forward on the attack, a clearance almost had Lahm in on goal, but Nikolov's decision to rush off his line was vindicated when he beat the Bayern captain to the loose ball.

The Bavarians were almost forced to put the champagne on ice 10 minutes from time when Stefan Aigner's ball found Srdjan Lakic unmarked, but Neuer was alert enough to make a brilliant save.

The former Schalke keeper made another great block second later after a goalmouth scramble following a corner, ensuring that Schweinsteiger's strike was enough for the title.


Eintracht Frankfurt

1
Oka Nikolov
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Carlos Zambrano
Defender
3.00
4
Marco Russ
Defender
71′
 - 
6
Bastian Oczipka
Defender
3.50
23
Anderson
Defender
2.50
24
Sebastian Jung
Defender
2.50
8
Takashi Inui
Midfielder
2.50
13
Martin Lanig
Midfielder
30′
2.00
16
Stefan Aigner
Midfielder
34′
2.50
20
Sebastian Rode
Midfielder
2.50
40
Karim Matmour
Midfielder
75′
2.50

Bayern

3.50
1
Manuel Neuer
Goalkeeper
3.50
4
Dante
Defender
3.50
17
3.50
21
2.50
27
David Alaba
Midfielder
27′
3.50
8
Javi Martínez
Midfielder
85′
2.50
10
Arjen Robben
Midfielder
63′
3.50
11
4.00
31
3.00
25
Thomas Müller
Midfielder
63′
2.00
33

Substitutes

32
Aykut Özer
Goalkeeper
 - 
17
 - 
15
 - 
22
3.00
28
Sonny Kittel
Midfielder
 - 
21
Marc Stendera
Midfielder
71′
 - 
9
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
22
Tom Starke
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
13
Rafinha
Defender
3.00
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
63′
3.00
22
Luiz Gustavo
Midfielder
63′ 65′
 - 
44
 - 
14

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5