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April 6, 2013
• Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 51500
B. Schweinsteiger 52'
Shots on Target
Of course the season isn't over for Bayern. They still have a treble to chase and that includes the small matter of a Champions League Quarter-Final Second-Leg against Juventus next week. Until then though, that is you're lot from me. Remember to stick around Goal.com for reaction to the newly crowned German champions and player ratings from today's game. For now, I've been Harry Slavin, goodbye!
It has been on the cards as early as November but to finally be crowned champions is a great feeling. The Bayern players are out on the pitch enjoying the moment with their large hoard of traveling fans. That is their 23rd Bundesliga title, and without doubt their most emphatic to date.
FT EINTRACHT 0-1 BAYERN. FC BAYERN ARE BUNDESLIGA CHAMPIONS!!!!! In the history of the Bundesliga, no side has ever had the title sewn up this early. Bastian Schweinsteiger's fantastic goal is a fitting way to tie up Bayern's dominance of this year's league title.
90' + 3'
Bayern have a free-kick deep in the Frankfurt half. That should just about do it...
90' + 2'
Eintracht have given a good account of themselves this afternoon but they look to be flagging now. Do they have one last attack left in the tank?
Three minutes of stoppage time is all that is left between Bayern and the 2013 Bundesliga title.
Pizarro has the chance to wrap up the game when he is played clear in the box. His effort from an acute angle though is tipped behind for a corner. We are heading into stoppage time.
Manuel Neuer comes out of his goal and get's just about enough on the ball to clear the area. Frankfurt are in no mood to lie down here.
Pizarro breaks forward and just about picks out Ribery but the Frenchman cannot find away into the box. Meanwhile Eintracht go straight down the other end and win a corner!
Yellow CardJavi Martínez
Bayern have looked a completely different side in the final stages. I think the idea of wrapping up the title may be getting to them! They only need to hold out for six minutes or so now.
Munich are crumbling!! What a frantic few minutes we've had. Eintracht have has a huge appeal for handball against Dante turned down and from the resulting corner Neuer has to make a point-blank save before Scweinsteiger sheperds the ball behind.
Dortmund have turned it round at home to Augsburg so an equaliser from Eintracht Frankfurt would put off Bayern's title party for yet another week. A nervy last ten for Jupp Heynckes side looks to be in store.
What a chance for Eintracht! Out of nowhere the home side have a golden opportunity to eqaulise but it's squandered by the recently introduced Srdjan Lakic as he fails to finish from six-yards after getting on the end of Aigner's centre. Great stop from Neuer but it should have found the back of the net.
Xerdan Shaqiri has the ball in the net after finding the corner of the goal from a really tight angle. The champagne can go back in the bucket for just now though as the Swiss man is flagged for offside. It's the right call.
Final sub for Bayern as Mario Gomez makes way for last week's four goal hero Claudio Pizarro.
Eintracht keeper Oka Nikolov has to come a long way out of his goal to beat Philipp Lahm to a loose ball but he makes it and prevents Bayern from walking in a second goal.
A second substitution from Armin Veh as he looks to get Frankfurt back into the game. Marco Russ makes way in the centre for Marc Stendera.
Better from Takashi Inui but Manuel Neuer is still even to his effort. The Japanese winger breaks down the left and cuts inside before trying to catch out the German stopper at his near post. Bayern's No.1 reads it all the way though and gets down to save.
Xerdan Shaqiri has put in another impressive shift as he stakes a claim for a more regular berth. He gets a bit over excited here though as he steals the ball off the toes of Schweinsteiger before blazing wide. It's a brave man who takes the ball away from Bayern's midfield general.
Yellow CardLuiz Gustavo
Luiz Gustavo is barely on the field a minute before he is in the book for bringing Stefan Aigner's surging run to an abrupt halt.
Double substitution from Jupp Heynckes as he takes off Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller. Franck RIbery and Luiz Gustavo are on in their place.
Takashi Inui goes on another impressive run, taking on and beating a couple of Bayern players. His eyes light up when he gets a side of goal but his effort is fairly tame and Neuer has plenty of time to get behind it.
Armin Veh's side have opened up a little more after falling behind. They'll have to if they want to improve on their impressive home record against Munich.
Dortmund have drawn level at home to Augsburg, but that really doesn't matter anymore. Bayern are ahead and have one hand on that shield.
Good work from Matmour on the edge of the Bayern area and he tees up Sebastian Rode who curls his effort just wide of Neuer's upright. I can't think of a time the Bayern keeper has been tested this afternoon yet.
I was in the process of mentioning that Bayern were inching towards an opener just as Schweinsteiger clipped home the opener. Robben had almost rounded Nikolov and Lahm had fired over just before Die Roten took the lead.
GOOOAAALLL!!! SCHWEINSTEIGER PUTS BAYERN AHEAD!!! This finish is worthy of winning any title. Phillipe Lahm sends in a delicious low delivery and the Schweinsteiger has the audacity to flick the ball home with the back of his heel. Sheer class from the champions-in-waiting.
Bayern try a set-piece off of the training ground after Alaba earns a corner but it doesn't quite go to plan. Schweinsteiger's deep cross finds its desired target, but not for the first time this afternoon, Arjen Robben can't quite control his volley and he spoons it into the crowd.
The first sight of goal of the second half is a 35-yard free-kick for the visitors but the less said about David Alaba's effort the better. He wont be atoning for his penalty miss with efforts like that as he skies it miles over the bar.
We potentially now just one half of football away from crowning the Bundesliga champions of 2013. Get ready to blow the dust off of those history books ladies and gentlemen.
Frankfurt are back on the turf at the Commerzbank-Arena, followed soon after by Bayern. The second forty-five are about to get underway.
Eintrracht actually have the best home record against Bayern Munich in the history of the Bundesliga. They're are putting together another impressive display against the Bavarian giants this afternoon. Can Armin Veh get his team to keep it up in the second half?
Marco Russ will have been a mightily relieved man to have seen Alaba's penalty go wide. His tackle was probably the biggest talking point of an otherwise tetchy opening half. Can Bayern compose themsleves and get the job done in the second half?
As it happens, the current scoreline would see Bayern claim the Bundesliga title this afternoon. Why I hear you ask? Well that would be because Dortmund are currently behind at home to lowly Augsburg. They trail 2-1 at the break.
HALFTIME: FRANKFURT 0-0 BAYERN. Scoreless at the break then and Jupp Heynckes' side only have themselves to blame. They had the golden opportunity to open the scoring from the spot, but apart from Alaba's miss from 12-yards, the visitors ave struggled to make the most of their abundance of possession.
Eintracht Frankfurt get ahead of themselves and fling too many bodies forward, allowing the visitors to break. Robben picks out Gomez in the area with a perfect pass and the German striker goes down under pressure from Carlos Zambrano. A bit too easily for my liking, and the referee's.
A couple of minutes to go until halftime. Can Bayern find a breakthrough before the interval?
Jupp Heynckes' side are playing some lovely stuff here but Armin Veh's side are doing well to get bodies behind the ball. Another cross is blocked behind for a corner as Muller can't find away past the red and black wall.
Mario Gomez has seen very little of the action so far. His eagerness to get involved gets the better of him as he is needlessly flagged for offside as he tries to get on the end of Dante's long ball forward.
The delivery is getting better from the visitors. Unfortunately the finishing isn't. Shaqiri picks out Robben at the back stick but the Dutch winger's volley comes off the side of his boot and flies high into the Frankfurt sky.
Bastian Schweinsteiger finds space down the left and has time to send in a devilish, swirling cross which Oka Nikolov has to tip over the bar in the Frankfurt goal. It's a good job he did as well because Gomez was on hand to gobble up any scraps.
Yellow CardStefan Aigner
The first booking of the game is dished out to Stefan Aigner for a late challenge on Jerome Boateng. The defender isn't happy and goes forhead-to-forehead with the little winger but there's no further action from Meyer.
You don't tend to get many better chances than a penalty. I wonder if that will play on the minds of Bayern players at all? The game has been fairly tight and they might have to find an extra gear or two here.
Eintracht are forced into an early change. Martin Lanig is unable to shake off a knock and he is replaced by Stefan Celozzi.
What an important tackle that is! Inui threatens to run clear one-on-one and as he breaks clear Boateng sticks out a decisive leg that whips the ball from under the winger and to safety. Great defending.
Missed PenaltyDavid Alaba
PENALTY MISSED!!! David Alaba steps up to sweep his penalty onto the post and behind for a goal-kick! Queue wild celebrations from Frankfurt fans in the stands!
PENALTY TO BAYERN!!! Robben plays through Muller and he is barged to the ground in the area. Referee Meyer bides his time before pointing to the spot.
Just over halfway through the opening period then and it is still pretty tight. Bayern will need to improve their final ball this afternoon at some point today.
Munich are awarded their first corner of the game as Shaqiri is dispossessed as he bursts into the area but once again the delivery is poor. Schweinsteiger's set-piece barely gets off the ground and it's cleared at the front post.
There has been a lot of joy for the away side down both flanks so far this afternoon. The only thing letting them down is their final delivery. Finding teammates in the area has proved a problem so far.
Another half chance for the champions elect as Robben is inches away from making meaningful contact with Shaqiri's fizzed in cross from the left.
Eintracht think they have a two-on-two situation in the Bayern half but play had already been haulted for David Alaba's foul on Lanig. It looked like Dante had the situation under control in any case, I think.
There's a big Bayern presence in the stands today as their fans eagerly await to be crowned champions, but its the shrill whistles of the home fans that can be heard above everything else at the moment as they display their displeasure at the visitors' mounting possession.
It's end to end stuff now. Shaqiri has another pop at goal but this time Nikolov is right behind it and is able to hold on to the effort.
Die Roten are almost undone! A fantastic raking cross-field ball from Russ picks out Matmour unmarked in the Bayern area but he mistimes his volley and fluffs his effort wide.
A fantastic tackle in midfield from Schweinsteiger sets the BAyern Munich Cavalry on its way again but Gomez can't quite get his shot away after taking down Arjen Robben's cross. It wasn't the swiftest of breaks after Frankfurt did well to hold up the Dutch man's surge but another opportunity for the visitors.
OFF THE POST!!! Xerdan Shaqiri is inches away from giving Bayern the lead! The ball falls to him on the edge of the box after Gomez miscontrols Robben's pass but the Swiss star's low effort comes back off the upright.
A first real sniff at goal for Eintracht as Javi Martinez is dispossessed in midfield and the hosts break. Inui, who scored for the first time in 10 appearances last weekend, weaves into the Munich area but his shot is blocked and Schweinsteiger does enough to repel any second bite at the cherry.
A surging run from Javi Martinez sets up a Bayern attack down the left hand side but the chance is wasted after a couple of over-hit crosses. A bright start from Bayern, but would you expect anything less?
The free kick is punched clear but moments later the home side are undone by a touch of magic from Thomas Muller. His cute backheel finds Robben in the box but his low cross is cut out before it can reach Gomez.
A couple of early fouls from the home side as they look to disrupt Bayern's flow early on. They've only succeeded in giving the visitors a free kick in a dangerous position though.
Frankfurt do the honours and get us started. They've plumbed for their red and black striped home kit. Bayern will go in search of the title in their white away number.
The teams are out at a packed Commerzbank Arena, led by referee Florian Meyer. We're seconds away from kick-off.
And as if the host's task wasn't difficult enough, they head into today's game with three key players missing in the form of goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, top scorer Alexander Meier and captain Pirmin Schwelger.
Jupp Heynckes has sent out a strong starting line-up in order to ensure the title is won today. There aren't as many players rested as people predicted, with Xerdan Shaqiri replacing the injured Toni Kroos the only real change of note.
BAYERN: (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Martínez, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Müller, Shaqiri; Gomez.
FRANKFURT:(4-2-3-1) Nikolov; Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka; Rode, Russ; Aigner, Lanig, Inui; Matmour
We aren't far from kick-off now so let's get some team news ahead of the whistle.
The only team standing between Munich and their 23rd title is Borussia Dortmund. They have to win against Augsburg to keep the title race alive and even then they have to hope that Bayern slip up away from home.
I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through all the action from the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, where today we could see Jupp Heynckes' men seal the earliest title in Bayern's history.
We've only just moved in to the month of April and already we could be witnessing the crowning of the Bundesliga champions. Bayern Munich have the chance to wrap up their 23rd Bundesliga title this afternoon, but to do so they'll have to find a way past Eintracht Frankfurt.
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