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August 17, 2013 9:30 PM SGT
Commerzbank-Arena — Frankfurt am Main
Referee:‬ P. Gagelmann‎
Attendance:‬ 51500‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Franck Ribéry
Franck Ribéry
FC Bayern München
Mario Mandzukic
Mario Mandzukic
FC Bayern München
Flop of the Match
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
FC Bayern München
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
FC Bayern München

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich: Mandzukic strike seals hard-fought win

The Croatian forward's goal was the only difference in the Bundesliga champions' first away game of the season

Germany: Eintracht Frankfurt - Bayern Munich, Thomas Mueller, Mario Mandzukic
AFP
Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal in a hard-fought victory for Bayern Munich over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The Croat netted with a superb first-half effort as the reigning champions made it two wins from two games.

Frankfurt will have felt aggreived with the loss as they had a goal controversially disallowed through Alex Meier just before half-time.

Die Roten had further chances in the second half to extend their lead and thought they had when Arjen Robben netted but it was also chopped off.

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola left new signing Mario Gotze on the bench but made one change from their victory over Borussia Monchengladbach with Xherdan Shaqiri coming in, while Stefan Aigner, Takashi Inui and Anderson all started for Frankfurt.

In front of an electric atmosphere at the Commerzbank-Arena, the early exchanges saw both sides threaten as Bayern unsurprisingly controlled possession.

David Alaba impressed down the left-hand side for the visitors, providing a number of supporting runs, and a Franck Ribery cross from that area saw Toni Kroos hit the post with a header after nine minutes.

And, after a period of sustained pressure, Mandzukic spectacularly opened the scoring for the visitors with an acrobatic volley into the top corner after an accurate cross from Thomas Muller.

Frankfurt then pressed for an equaliser, but Bayern continued to dominate the midfield battle with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos keeping possession ticking over. Alex Meier momentarily threatened for the hosts though, but his powerful header was directed safely into Manuel Neuer’s arms.

Guardiola’s men nearly doubled their lead, with Muller and Dante both having golden goal-scoring opportunities. Ribery orchestrated Muller’s chance - again down the left-hand side - but the Germany international was yards away from making firm contact in the penalty area.

A fine point-blank save from goalkeeper Kevin Trapp kept Frankfurt in the game after Dante hit an effort from close-range, as the visitors looked to increase their lead.

Frankfurt thought they had equalised from a corner on 41 minutes with a header from Johannes Flum, but the referee ruled the goal out as Meier was caught in an offside position.

Armin Veh’s men restarted proceedings with renewed vigour and optimism after the break as they battled to find an equaliser.

However, the home side struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities, and Guardiola introduced substitutes Thiago Alcantara and Arjen Robben as the away side looked to take the sting out of the game.

Bayern still looked dangerous and had chances to seal the win in the closing stages, but their one-goal lead ultimately proved enough to secure all three points and condemn Frankfurt to their second loss of the season.


Eintracht Frankfurt

1
Kevin Trapp
Goalkeeper
3.50
5
Carlos Zambrano
Defender
3.00
6
Bastian Oczipka
Defender
3.00
23
Anderson
Defender
3.00
8
Takashi Inui
Midfielder
78′
3.00
14
Alexander Meier
Midfielder
3.00
16
Stefan Aigner
Midfielder
92′
2.50
17
2.00
18
Johannes Flum
Midfielder
3.00
20
Sebastian Rode
Midfielder
71′
2.50
27
Pirmin Schwegler
Midfielder
78′
2.50

FC Bayern München

3.00
1
Manuel Neuer
Goalkeeper
2.50
4
Dante
Defender
55′
3.00
17
3.00
21
3.00
27
David Alaba
Midfielder
3.50
7
Franck Ribéry
Midfielder
2.50
11
3.00
31
3.00
39
Toni Kroos
Midfielder
88′
3.00
9
2.00
25
Thomas Müller
Midfielder
13′ 74′

Substitutes

30
Felix Wiedwald
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Marco Russ
Defender
 - 
15
 - 
22
 - 
7
Jan Rosenthal
Midfielder
71′
 - 
13
Martin Lanig
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
22
Tom Starke
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
13
Rafinha
Defender
88′
 - 
26
3.00
6
 - 
10
Arjen Robben
Midfielder
74′
 - 
19
Mario Götze
Midfielder

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