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November 27, 2010
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: F. Zwayer
• Attendance: 69000
All over in Munich - no injury time needed! And cue Stern des Südens over the tannoy! Frankfurt gave it as good as they had in the first-half and did well to go into the break 1-1 but the champions pulled away after the break with their superior quality. Bayern's good form continues ahead of next week's trip to Schalke, who were hammered today. Join me later for Dortmund's clash with Gladbach. Until then, Auf Wiedersehen.
Assist Franck Ribéry
Goal Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BAYERN! TYMOSCHUK AGAIN!!! His second of the afternoon as he slides the ball past Nikolov after some wonderful build-up play from Bayern.
It was a gorgeous move from Bayern with quick and incisive passing, which culminated in Ribery's ball through to Tymoschuk, who made no mistake. For a player who does not occupy an attacking role, he is superbly composed in front of goal.
The former skipper and outcast Amanatidis comes on for the last few minutes in place of Halil Altintop. He's a pretty reliable scorer the Greek but has seen little playing time this term due to the form of his compatriot Gekas. Eintracht are one of the few teams with three strikers all of whom have over 40 Buli goals.
GOMEZ ONE-ON-ONE AND SAVED!! Gomez beats the offside trap and takes too long to shoot as he attempts a few stepovers. Nikolov has seen it all before and he stays on his feet before making the save from Gomez.
SENSATIONAL SAVE BUTT!! Fenin slightly mishits the volley at the far post but it takes a wicked bounce and Butt has to hurl himself to his left to tip the ball behind one-handed!!
Russ saves the day as Jung, still basking in his previous run forward, is skinned by Mueller but Russ blocks the cross.
Another semi-promising attack but Jung proves less adept with his shooting than his defending and his shot goes into orbit, which prompts a frustrated look that is etched across Michael Skibbe's face.
Confirmation that Caio does indeed come on and the 24-year old Brazilian replaces Alex Meier.
Demichelis has the ball in the net after he strokes the ball into the corner but it is ruled out as the defender strayed marginally offside.
Again Bayern counter from a corner with Lahm this time but his cross doesn't find its way to Tymoschuk. Bayern come again and win a corner thanks to Vasoski. Caio about to come on any minute now.
As I type that, Breno is called upon to make an important sliding challenge as Frankfurt come forward. Gekas however, mistimes his volley from Halil Altintop's corner.
Caio looks to be warming up for Eintracht but Bayern are well in control of this game and look like seeing it now relatively comfortably. Their pressing game is very effective and they are penning Eintracht in their own half for long periods.
Van Bommel is in the action again but this time he volleys high and wide on his right-foot from just outside the penalty box after the corner was headed away.
Another Eintracht free-kick as they bring the cavalry up from the back, which Ochs hits to the back post but it's headed clear and Bayern can counter. Ribery plays a gorgeous ball to Mueller who plays in Kroos but he was not on the same wavelength and Schwegler clears behind.
And Frankfurt are not out of this yet! Vasoski tries a speculative shot from distance, which Butt makes a meal of and punches over the crossbar. However, the veteran keeper then shows more confidence to punch away the ensuing corner-kick.
Halil Altintop swings in a free-kick from the right but Gomez leaps like a salmon at the front post to clear the ball away, which eventually is played back to Nikolov. Van Bommel then incurs the wrath of the referee with a cynical trip on Fenin. A leopard just does not change its spots but no need for the triple roll from Fenin!
Bayern have a free-kick 40 yards out after Schwegler commits yet another foul on Ribery. Tymoschuk looks for his second goal and gets his shot away but it crashes against the head of Ruus before Demichelis finds himself in an offside position.
Almost a very sloppy and costly ball from Van Bommel to Gekas, who was taken by surprise and therefore unable to capitalise on the Dutchman's error.
Mark van Bommel
Bayern are taking no unnecessary risks with Schweinsteiger and he comes off for the Dutch schemer Mark van Bommel. It's been an excellent performance from Schweini who played some exquisite passes today, showing just why he is one of the world's foremost midfield players.
And the skipper Mark van Bommel is readying himself for a return to action for Bayern as he receives last-minute instructions from Van Gaal and his assistant Andries Jonker.
And Sonny Kittel's first Bundesliga start comes to an end as the expected change comes from Michael Skibbe - the youngster is replaced by Martin Fenin.
Schweinsteiger looks to have picked up an injury in the build-up to the third goal and limped off the field in some discomfort.
Goal Mario Gomez
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BAYERN!!! Mario Gomez yet again - he is on fire of late and he too is in the right position to slot home the rebound after Nikolov could not hold on.
This time Nikolov, whose confidence was shaken by his mistake for the second goal, could not hold onto Ribery's shot and Gomez tapped the ball home into the vacant goal.
Ola Nikolov may be statistically the best keeper in the Bundesliga in terms of shots saved but he found Toni Kroos' shot too hot to handle and he spilled it into the hands of Mueller, who duly did the rest. A huge goal for the champions!
Goal Thomas Müller
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BAYERN!!! THOMAS MUELLER IS BACK!!!!!!!! He nips in on the rebound to slide the ball into the net after picking the ball up and turning on a sixpence!!
Martin Fenin is warming up and he could come on for Sonny Kittel, who it has to be said has acquitted himself very well so far. Gekas is caught offside as he looks to glide in behind the Bayern defence.
Ribery loops a high ball into the six-yard box which is too awkward even for Gomez in the air and he heads over the crossbar with Marco Russ doing a rather mediocre job of man-marking.
Kittel betrays his youth and inexperience as he rashly slides in on Lahm and concedes a free-kick near the right touchline.
Mark van Bommel is warming up vigorously on the sidelines and looks set to come on soon for Bayern. The question is, for whom?
Mueller finds Tymoschuk in acres of space on the edge of the area but he scuffs his shot, which hits an Eintracht defender and balloons up in the air and through to Nikolov.
Gekas peels off down the left but he betrays the fact that goalscoring is his major strength as his ball is well behind any of the Frankfurt players in the box.
JUST WIDE GOMEZ!!! Mueller is really up for it in the second half and his pass allows Schweini to thread another quite magnificent ball through to Gomez, who shoots narrowly wide of the far post with Nikolov well beaten.
Mueller teases Jung and this time gets the better of the left-back but his cross is blocked at the near post and Jung eventually hurls the ball upfield.
Daniel Van Buyten
Welcome back for the second half. Bayern are bringing on Martin Demichelis for his sixth appearance of the season in place of the hapless and hopeless Daniel Van Buyten. And Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez get us underway again.
And as Nikolov claims the corner, the half-time whistle is blown after a superb first-half of Bundesliga football. Bayern deservedly took the lead through a wonderful Tymoschuk strike but against Eintracht, you can never count out Gekas and the Greek duly stepped up to the mark with an equaliser minutes later. Feel free to send in your thoughts to me on Twitter @goalGary. Join me in fifteen minutes for the second-half.
More stunning football from Bayern as Ribery finds Schweinsteiger in the box but his shot is desperately blocked before Jung clears behind for a corner.
Exquisite ball through from Schweinsteiger, through the eye of a needle to spot the run of Gomez in behind the defence. However, it is spoilt by the big striker's handball, which means that a golden chance to make it 2-1 is wasted.
Former Bayern youngster Patrick Ochs gives away a free-kick as he comes in over the top of Ribery's shoulders, sending the Frenchman tumbling to the ground.
Chance for Ribery as he volleys towards goal from the edge of the box and it's diverted behind by a Frankfurt head. Nikolov stretches to parry away the subsequent Pranjic corner despite being under pressure.
After Gekas' foul, Van Buyten heads narrowly over from an excellent Danijel Pranjic free-kick on the Croatian's left side. It is no exaggeration to say that the Belgian giant looks more accomplished in his former striking position than in the centre of defence!
Van Buyten tries to atone for his earlier mistakes as he takes a magnificent first touch to control the ball forward before his shot is saved by Nikolov, who is nursing his right knee.
Dogged play from Schweinsteiger to hold off Vasoksi over on the left-hand side. Bayern work the ball to the other side and Lahm who bursts forward and wins a corner as his shot deflects behind off Marco Russ.
Eintracht lose possession in their own half and Ribery looks to profit. He slides in Mueller who races through on goal. Mueller slides the ball past the advancing Nikolov before going down but no penalty is given as Mueller was simply taking evasive action.
Breno tries to set Bayern on their way again by hitting Gomez over the top but he gets too much on his pass and it sails through to Nikolov.
My colleague, and Goal.com's Bundesliga guru is pulling no punches, calling Van Buyten the worst centre-half he has ever seen, and consistently so. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr_Bundesliga.
Goal Theofanis Gekas
Gekas had been sniffing about looking for an opportunity to score. It was a superb cross from Marcel Heller over on the right, which arced over Van Buyten's head and onto that of Gekas. His initial header cannoned back off the post but the Greek striker was in the right place to slot home at the second time of asking!
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR FRANKFURT!!!! Guess who?? You don't need to!!! It's the leading marksman in Germany - Theofanis Gekas with the rebound after his header struck the post!!!!
That was Tymoschuk's second goal of the campaign - his first came against Freiburg and it was also a wonderfully taken strike after Thomas Mueller's pass to the Ukrainian. Bayern were almost in again after the kick-off as they caught Frankfurt napping.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
TORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BAYERN!!! I said Tymoschuk had to step up to the plate and he has scored a real stunner!!!! A left-footed curler into the opposite corner from the right-hand side of the box. A deserved goal for the hosts. How can they drop this man Tymoschuk now?
Ribery pounces on a loose ball but is dispossessed almost instanteously. Then Bayern are caught off guard on the counter as Heller finds Gekas in the middle of the box but the Greek striker was caught marginally offside.
More panic in the Frankfurt defence as Schweinsteiger's ball from the right flashes across the face of goal. Bayern look that little bit sharper in the middle of the park. And as I say that, Toni Kroos plays a woeful ball across the field, which was well telegraphed.
Schweinsteiger is fouled by the niggly Schwegler who is never averse to a challenge or two. Frankfurt look to counter but the ball forward evades the run of Halil Altintop and sails through to Butt. Halil's brother Hamit is on the bench for Bayern today.
This time, Pranjic avoids the plethora of bodies in the box and he instead tees up the unmarked Ribery on the edge of the area. The Frenchman's right-footed volley doesn't come off and he skies the ball into the stand.
Bayern win a corner, which is taken by Pranjic, skied at the near post before being headed behind by Meier. 3 corners each now. And a fourth as Gekas heads away at the near post.
Bayern spring a counter on Eintracht after a quickly-taken free-kick but just when the visitors are in danger of being outnumbered, Sebastian Jung thwarts Bayern with a good challenge on Thomas Mueller.
BRILLIANT CHALLENGE BRENO! A cute ball from Schwegler finds Gekas who ghosts in between the two Bayern centrebacks but is denied at the last moment by a superb sliding tackle from Breno. Never any question of a penalty there.
Yellow Card Franck Ribéry
Ribery takes out his frustration...but not at Louis Van Gaal! This time it's the linesman he takes issue with and he is booked for kicking the ball away after being adjudged offside.
Again Bayern being very patient in possession. Mueller goes down under Meier's challenge but the referee deems no foul to have been made.
GOMEZ WIDE! The big striker heads wide from Mueller's right-wing cross though he had little pace to work with from the ball in. Still, a very good chance given how prolific Gomez has been of late.
With Mark van Bommel on the bench, the pressure is on Tymoschuk to produce another good performance and unlikely as it may seem, keep his place in midfield. He is having another good game and his form may well see Schweinsteiger moved forward.
Kittel immediately looks to make amends and he wins a corner down the left. However, Butt punches the corner away and Tymoschuk clears acrobatically.
WHAT A CHANCE EINTRACHT!!! A real howler from... you guessed it - Van Buyten who kicks the air and lets Gekas in one-on-one with Butt. The keeper does well to force Gekas wide before his effort is headed off the line buy Breno before Kittel puts the rebound wide.
The corner is cleared away before Kroos fouls Gekas with a high foot and hands Eintracht a free-kick.
Lahm bursts down the right but just as if he looks to have worked up a head of steam, Jung slides in with an excellent tackle and it's a corner to Bayern.
Gomez has the ball in the net but he's rightly ruled offside! The German tapped home the rebound after Nikolov beat Ribery's shot away. An early warning sign for the visitors but again the right decision from the officials.
Free-kick specialist Toni Kroos aims for Van Buyten but it's headed away initially by Meier, who is on hand to clear a dangerous Pranjic cross seconds later.
Bayern not worrying the visitors too much as they play keepball in their own half. However, once they work the ball into Frankfurt territory, Schwegler trips Mueller and the champions have a free-kick 35 yards from goal.
Mueller felt he had been fouled as he tried to latch on to a fine pass from Schweinsteiger but instead the free-kick goes the other way after a tangle with Jung.
However, a few seconds later, space does open up for Kroos and he can let fly on his right peg but he fails to apply enough curl on the ball and it sails wide of Nikolov's goal.
Frankfurt are packing the defence and closing off the space for Bayern to shoot, which Kroos cannot do in spite of an excellent passing move in the build-up involving Mueller and Gomez.
Tymoschuk gives the ball away in midfield but it's won back by Schweinsteiger's sliding challenge. Bayern continue to be dominant in possession in the early stages.
Lovely 1-2 between Ribery and Pranjic before Alex Meier, back in the side, cuts the ball out.
Bayern just knocking the ball out in the first few seconds with their usual confidence. Breno gets his first touch - he really needs to step up to the plate to solve Bayern's worries in central defence.
Eintracht kick us off in Munich in their black away strip with Bayern in their customary red and white.
Eintracht: Nikolov - Ochs, Vasoski, Russ, Jung - Schwegler, Meier - Heller, Kittel, Halil Altintop - Gekas.
The major news for the visitors is that 17-year old sensation Sonny Kittel earns his first Bundesliga start and his fourth league appearance overall. He will play in behind lone striker Gekas.
Bayern: Butt - Lahm, Van Buyten, Breno, Pranjic - Tymoschuk, Schweinsteiger - Kroos, Mueller, Ribery - Gomez
Looking at the Bayern team, the key news is that Breno starts in the heart of defence, while Bastian Schweinsteiger returns in midfield; both changes significantly strengthen their spine.
Guten Tag und willkommen to Goal.com's live commentary of the Bundesliga clash between the champions FC Bayern München and one of the surprise packages of the season Eintracht Frankfurt. Contrary to earlier reports, Bayern do not need to win to keep Louis Van Gaal at the club but the three points are necessary to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund. As for Frankfurt, they will be looking to bounce back after a heavy home defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim last time out and although it will not be the easiest of tasks today, in Theofanis Gekas they have the best striker in the league this season with 11 goals. I'm Gary Niblock and I'll be guiding you through all the best of the action from the wonderful Allianz Arena.
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