Bayern held by 10-man Frankfurt

FC Bayern München were unable to make their numerical advantage count as they played to an entertaining 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt at Commerzbank Arena on Saturday afternoon.

  •  Eintracht Frankfurt 2 FC Bayern München 2
  • Robben fires Bayern in front on 10 mins
  • Huszti nets equaliser on stroke of HT
  • Kimmich restores Bayern’s lead
  • Huszti sees red after second yellow card
  • Fabián restores parity in the 78th min

Match summary

Despite a muted start to the game, it was Bayern who claimed the lead on the 10-minute mark, Arjen Robben finding the back of the net from a difficult angle.

However, Frankfurt created a whole host of chances after falling behind, and eventually drew level two minutes before the half-time interval through Szabolcs Huszti.

Bayern improved considerably after the break, though, as Joshua Kimmich fired his side back in front, before Huszti received his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.

Be that as it may, it was 10-man Frankfurt who bagged the next goal, Marco Fabián slotting home from close range to silence the visiting fans.

Full report

The first half was a fairly evenly contested affair, although Frankfurt created a whole host of goal-scoring chances in an entertaining first half.

The hosts made their intentions known early on, with Ante Rebic seeing his goal-bound header snapped up in the centre of goal by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the sixth minute.

However, they were left stunned after Bayern grabbed the lead with virtually their first shot of the game, Arjen Robben slotting home from a tight angle after being teed up by David Alaba.

 

Frankfurt went agonisingly close to drawing level just five minutes later, but Timothy Chandler saw his stinging shot come back off the left-hand post.

For Bayern, Mats Hummels squandered a good chance in the 27th minute, when he headed wide of the mark from Xabi Alonso’s inviting cross.

But Frankfurt created the better of the chances, with Rebic, Alexander Meier and Marco Fabián all going close to netting an equaliser.

They eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for two minutes before the half-time break, Huszti sending the home support into wild celebrations after finding the bottom-right corner with a shot from the centre of the danger area.

Having failed to create as many chances in the first half as they would have liked, Bayern redoubled their efforts after the break.

Joshua Kimmich fired just wide of the top-right corner inside the first minute of play, before Kingsley Coman struck the left-hand post with a stinging shot from inside the area.

But they finally reclaimed the lead in the 62nd minute, Kimmich latching onto Mats Hummels’ scuffed shot, before placing the ball in the bottom-right corner from the left side of the box.

And Frankfurt’s afternoon went from bad to worse just two minutes later as goalscorer Huszti picked up his second yellow card of the match, leaving his side facing an uphill battle.

 

However, credit must go to the hosts as they battled on valiantly after being reduced to ten men.

The visiting Bayern supporters would have been celebrating what they felt was a certain victory, but Frankfurt had other ideas as, against the odds, they again drew level. Marco Fabián bagged the all-important goal, converting from close range after some good work in the build-up by Chandler.

The equaliser seemed to unsettle the visiting Bavarians and despite their best effort’s, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were unable to reclaim the lead in the remaining minutes as Frankfurt held on to claim a share of the spoils.

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