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August 17, 2013
• Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main
Referee: P. Gagelmann
• Attendance: 51500
M. Mandžukić 13'
Thank you so much for joining us for this afternoon's game. My name is Tom Webber and it has been an absolute pleasure to guide you through the action. Have a great evening.
FULL TIME - Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern: Mandzukic's first-half strike supplies a narrow victory for Guardiola's men, who were pushed all the way by their hosts. Still, the Spaniard's 100 per cent start to Bundesliga life rolls on.
90' + 3'
Meier goes down again 20 yards from goal but this time he is awarded a free kick. This will surely be Frankfurt's last chance... Meier takes it himself but the effort goes wide of the post after a deflection off of the wall and the final whistle is sounded.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Stefan Aigner
90' + 2'
CLAIMS FOR A PENALTY!! Meier races through the heart of the Bayern defence and gets onto a long ball up field. He takes a touch but as he goes to control it with his knee inside the area he claims to have been thrown off balance. The referee, though, awards nothing.
90' + 1'
Just two minutes of time to be added on here.
WHAT IS NEUER THINKING?! The keeper comes rushing out of his goal and tries to get his head to the ball in a challenge with Lakic. He is too weak and the striker pounces on the loose ball, but luckily for the visitors Dante has got around to cover and stop him from slotting into an empty net.
THAT SHOULD BE TWO!! Ribery skips across the top of the box before releasing Schweinsteiger just outside of him. The midfielder shoots first time but Trapp comes out and closes the angle to make a brilliant save.
Brilliant play from Lahm! The right-back carries the ball up the field before cutting back and sliding a great through-ball to Schweinsteiger. Trapp vacates his goal and Lahm moves inside for the return pass, but Zambrano positions himself well and manages to clear the danger by kicking the ball behind.
Robben tries to bend it into the far corner but although he puts plenty of power on it, Trapp manages to gather it at the second time of asking.
Robben is felled by Oczipka just outside the box as he drifts in from the left. He might fancy his chances from here, this free kick is only 25 yards from goal.
THAT COULD HAVE BEEN IT!! Celozzi's corner is nodded down to Aigner by Meier and Neuer has to rush out to clear the ball away as the Frankfurt man's touch lets him down. His blushes are spared, though, as the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside.
Bayern get the ball into the back of the net, but it is ruled out for offside. Robben, who fired a shot into bottom corner, was in an offside position when Kroos released the ball. I thought the midfielder could have had an attempt from distance there.
WIDE OF THE GOAL! Schrock cilps a great cross into Lakic who manages to cushion the ball back for Celozzi on the edge of the box. He somewhat scuffs his effort, firing it into the ground and although Neuer scrambles across the goal he knows it is going wide.
I must say that I am a bit surprised that Inui has made way there. The Japanese has been Frankfurt's most dangerous player, but clearly Armin Veh thinks he needs a rest.
Boateng's cross is nodded back into the middle by Mandzukic but Anderson Bamba gets his head to the ball to stop it falling to another white shirt inside the area.
Robben's first action is an impressive one as he comes inside from the right before rolling the ball back to Schweinsteiger. The midfielder shapes to bend an effort for one of the corners but only manages to find the awaiting arms of Trapp at his near post.
...WHAT A WASTE!! Schwegler fires the free kick straight into the wall. The loose ball cannons back to Inui who also sends a poor effort at goal and completely misses the target.
Free kick in a dangerous area for Frankfurt now! Ribery brings down Aigner on the edge of the box and the hosts have a great chance to draw level now...
The home fans are starting to turn up the volume now. They must sense that with a single-goal difference they still have a chance of taking something from this game. Only 20 minutes left on the clock now.
It looks as though the introduction of Thiago could see Bayern switch into more of a 4-3-3 formation, with Muller operating from the right. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the moment.
JUST OVER THE BAR! Alaba picks up the ball on the edge of the box and does excellently to get a yard of space up against Aigner. He opts to strike for goal but his effort is always rising and skims just over the top of the goal.
Meier does superbly to hold off the challenge of Boateng and feed Inui wide on the left. The Japanese glides along the byeline and attempts to drill the ball into the area. It takes a touch off of a white shirt and goes out of play for a corner, which Neuer subsequently catches with ease.
Thiago is getting ready to come on and make his first Bundesliga appearance for his new club! Who is it going to be that he will replace?
Inui thinks that he has broked the Bayern defensive line and raced through for a one-on-one but play is called back as he was adjudged to have been offside, much to his dismay.
Just 30 minutes left to go and this game is by no means wrapped up for the visitors. It looks as though Robben has started warming up on the touchline. His introduction could certainly inspire another goal.
Schweinsteiger makes a rare run into the area from deep and Lahm spots him as he drifts in from the right. The pass is good but Zambrano comes across and gives the midfielder a little nudge which stops him from latching on to the ball.
Shaqiri clips a great diagonal ball over the top, looking for Ribery at the back post. It is dealt with by the Frankfurt defence, though, and the momentum of the Bayern attack is broken down.
Yellow Card Dante
The Croatian striker continues to find space in dangerous areas and this time he uses it to pick out Alaba on the left. He spins to get into the box for the return pass but Rode makes a brilliant interception to stop him from testing Trapp again.
Mandzukic, with his back to goal, tries to spin Zambrano but the defender steals in and comes away with the ball. He looks to dribble it out from the back down the right wing and is eventually brought down by Ribery, but the referee simply awards the visitors with a throw in.
JUST WIDE!! A free kick into the area is won, yet again, by Mandzukic. He stoops to make the header but fails to direct it on target and it drops outside of the posts.
Frankfurt win a free kick, though Zambrano is lucky to still be on the pitch following his reaction to the foul, and it is taken quickly. Aigner brings it down and flashes the ball across goal but no one gambles to get on the end of it.
This is a far more positive start from Frankfurt. Inui impressively drops inside of Lahm and threads a pass to Flum inside the box. The midfielder can only attempt to pass it back to his team-mate as it goes to run out of play, but he finds a white shirt. Moments later Zambrano goes in hard on Shaqiri to let him know that this will not be easy.
We are back under way in Frankfurt!
Welcome back! The teams have re-emerged for the second half so we are just seconds away from the restart.
HALF TIME: Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern - The officials are whistled off the pitch as the hosts think they should be level. Mandzukic opened the scoring with a brilliant strike but Armin Veh's men had a goal controversially chalked off shortly before the break. You sense there is still more to come from Bayern, though. Join me in 15 minutes for the second half to see if there is!
45' + 1'
The half-time whistle goes!
Bayern get men over on the break as they look to punish Frankfurt before half time. Mandzukic picks out Muller on the right but his heavy touch allows Oczipka to chase in behind and slide the ball out of play with a well-judged tackle.
I cannot believe that has been ruled out! It did not look like Meier made any kind of connection with the ball as it dropped in at the far post. However, it could be argued that his presence stopped the ball from being cleared and therefore interfered with play.
GOOOAAA... no it is not! Inui's brilliant break wins a corner for the hosts which is swung in to Flum at the back post. He loops his header back across goal where Meier may, or may not, have got a touch to it to get it into the net. The officials think he made a touch and thus rule the goal out as he was in an offside position!
Die Roten switch the ball from right to left and Ribery uses it well by sliding possession into Shaqiri in a more central area. He gets the ball out of his feet with his first touch but his strike at goal is down the middle and at a comfortable height for Trapp to deal with.
It seems like practically all over Bayern's forward play has been down the wings this afternoon. Muller has been picking the ball up closer to the byeline than inside, while Kroos and Schweinsteiger have not influenced the game quite as heavily as you would expect.
Dante gallops forward from the back and plays a give-and-go with Ribery to get himself in possession inside the box. He cuts the ball back to Schweinsteiger who tries to pick out Mandzukic in the box but he puts too much power onto his pass.
Bayern have won 17 of their last 18 matches in the Bundesliga, continuing that run with a 3-1 win over Gladbach in their season opener. In their previous three league matches they have also hit no fewer than three goals. More to come today then, surely?
WHAT A SAVE!! Kroos' delivery is controlled by Dante and with his second touch he powers a shot at goal. Trapp reacts well to spread himself and get in the way of what would certainly have been a goal.
Free kick in a dangerous area here! Boateng switches the play with a sublime pass to Ribery and as he jinks outside of Schrock he is brought to ground on the edge of the box.
An absolutely exquisite pass from Schweinsteiger searches out Ribery down in the left corner. The ball is hit beautifully but the winger fails to bring it under his control and Frankfurt are awarded a goal kick.
After just getting the better of Ribery, Schrock is once more beaten by the Frenchman where it matters. Fortunately for the Frankfurt right-back, though, Muller scuffs his shot from the subsequent cutback. A real let off for the hosts there.
GOOD STRIKE! Ribery ducks inside and out before finally shifting the ball away from Schrock and shooting for goal. His attempt is heading for the bottom corner but Trapp manages to get his body in the way and hold onto the ball.
TOO CLOSE TO NEUER!! Rode and Aigner work some space for the latter to cross the ball from the right, and his ball into the box finds Meier on the penalty spot. The Frankfurt man gets a powerful head to the ball but the keeper watches it all the way and can gather it comfortably.
The hosts are looking to slow down the play now and sap some of that Bayern momentum that has been steadily building up. Anderson Bamba tries to play it long from the back but Schrock is unable to control his pass and possession is subsequently lost.
Zambrano is lucky the referee had sympathy there! The centre-back stopped on the ball and soon came under pressure from Ribery. Had the Frenchman stole possession it would have been very embarrassing, but as he goes to ground the official blows his whistle.
Inui is once more the source of Frankfurt's threat as he drops inside and tries to curl a cross in behind Dante for Meier to get onto in the area. The Bayern centre-back watches it all the way, though, and makes a vital interception.
This is turning out to be a rather open affair at the Commerzbank-Arena. Ribery takes the ball down to the corner flag but is quickly followed by Schrock and Anderson Bamba as they try to stop the Frenchman from getting the ball into the danger area.
Frankfurt try to get straight back at their opponents as Meier rolls the ball out to his right for Aigner. He gets to the byeline but his cross into the area is blocked by Dante.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Mario Mandzukic
GOOOOAALL!! Super play from Bayern! Lahm cuts in and draws the defender inside before stabbing a pass out to Muller on the right. He looks up and swings a great cross in for Mandzukic who shows great technique to send a thundering volley into the back of the net.
Frankfurt get a chance to put the ball into the box from a corner but Neuer comes out of his goal to claim it with ease. He looks to release possession quickly but changes his mind and slows the play down.
WHAT AN EFFORT!! Alaba again is the man pushing down the left and his curling delivery finds Kroos just inside the penalty area. The midfielder rises up and tries to loop a header into the far corner only to see his effort come crashing back off of the post. That would have been some goal!
Brilliant combination play down the left from the visitors sees Shaqiri slip a pass into Alaba as he races forward from the back. The Austrian drills a low ball into the area but the angle of it sends it straight into the arms of Trapp.
Bayern have settled on the ball well here, much as you would expect. It will be interesting to see how much support Mandzukic receives as Guardiola looks to have opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation.
The exciting left-sided winger Inui gets into possession for the first time this afternoon. He fails to make a decent delivery but the ball soon comes back to him and this time he cuts inside and lashes a shot at goal from 20 yards. The swerving effort forces Neuer to dive to his right and parry the ball behind for a corner.
Shaqiri and Ribery both pop up on the left and the Swiss produces a brilliant touch to slide the ball down the flank to his team-mate. The Frenchman tries to cut inside and run along the byeline but he overhits the ball and runs it out of play.
We are underway in Frankfurt!
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch now. Bayern are wearing their alternate strip of all white whilst the hosts will play in their traditional red and black stripes.
Guardiola's side laboured to a 3-1 victory in their previous outing against Gladbach so the new coach will be looking for further improvements today. Schweinsteiger was particularly disappointing that evening so he will certainly need to raise his game.
Carlos Zambrano recovers from illness in time to join Anderson Bamba in the heart of defence; the Brazilian’s introduction just one of four changes made by Armin Veh following their crushing 6-1 defeat to newly-promoted Hertha Berlin last weekend. He will be keen to avoid another such result this afternoon.
For Bayern, Xherdan Shaqiri is selected to start from the right in place of Arjen Robben. The former Basel man was the best player on the pitch as Switzerland earned a 1-0 win against Brazil on Wednesday evening. Thiago, meawhile, is forced to wait longer for his first Bundesliga appearance after a long-distance flight to Ecuador for an international friendly in midweek; compatriot Javi Martinez is not in the squad.
Bayern substitutes: Starke, Contento, Van Buyten, Rafinha, Thiago, Gotze, Robben.
Bayern (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Shaqiri, Muller, Ribery; Mandzukic.
Frankfurt substitutes: Russ, Rosenthal, Lakic, Lanig, Djakpa, Celozzi, Wiedwald.
Frankfurt (4-2-3-1): Trapp; Schrock, Anderson Bamba, Zambrano, Oczipka; Flum, Schwegler; Aigner, Rode, Inui; Meier.
So, has Pep Guardiola made any changes to his Bayern side for their second outing of this Bundesliga campaign? Yes, he has. But you will have to wait for the full line-up which is coming up shortly...
Hello and welcome to Goal's LIVE text commentary on this afternoon's Bundesliga meeting between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich at the Commerzbank-Arena! My name is Tom Webber and I am going to be your guide through what will hopefully be a cracking fixture. The fixtures involving these two sides on the opening day saw a mighty 11 goals. More of the same please!
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