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Setback despite dominance

Unlucky Reds fall to Frankfurt

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FC Bayern fell 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, losing their first competitive match under Julian Nagelsmann. Bayern were in command throughout, but Frankfurt were very clinical, with their keeper Kevin Trapp making a number of strong saves. Leon Goretzka put Bayern ahead in the first half, but Martin Hinteregger leveled the score almost immediately. Filip Kostić sealed the final scoreline against the run of play in the closing stages.

The Bavarians started with Manuel Neuer in goal and Niklas Süle, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernández and Alphonso Davies in a back four. Joshua Kimmich and Goretzka featured in a twin holding role behind Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané, with Robert Lewandowski as sole striker. Jamal Musiala, Marcel Sabitzer and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting took over from Gnabry, Süle and Sané in the second half.

Wealth of chances

Bayern were utterly dominant from the off, and Lewandowski saw an effort saved before heading over the bar. Sané's free-kick went wide before Trapp only just prevented an own goal by Jakić. Müller and Goretzka were denied by Trapp, with Süle hitting the side-netting.

Munich took the lead when Lewandowski invited Goretzka to slot home, but the joy did not last long with Hinteregger heading home following a corner. Trapp denied Sané and Kimmich before Neuer made a strong save against Touré. Sané soon set up the unmarked Gnabry, but the latter somehow hit the post, and the sides turned round with the score 1-1.

No way past Trapp

Bayern continued to dominate after the restart, Sané firing over before Lewandowski was denied by Trapp, who made another fine save to deny the Pole minutes later. A Süle shot was blocked before Gnabry and Sané were unable to beat Trapp, who turned in a world-class display.

But his fellow netminder at the other end was highly alert too, stifling a deadly counter when he beat two Frankfurt men to the ball deep in midfield. The day turned sour when Eintracht made the most of a mix-up in Bayern's box, Sow setting up Kostić, who left Neuer without a chance. Goretzka fired over, Lewandowski saw an effort saved, and match official Florian Badstübner blew for full-time.

A number of FCB pros will be on national team duty during the international break before the Reds return to action on October 17th, when they travel to face Leverkusen.

Live match report for by Greg Salmen

FC Bayern - Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 (HT: 1-1)
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  • FC Bayern

    Neuer - Süle (Sabitzer 75), Upamecano, Hernández, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Gnabry (Musiala 70), Müller, Sané (Choupo-Moting 81) - Lewandowski


    Früchtl - Richards, Sarr, Roca, Nianzou, Stanišić

  • Eintracht Frankfurt

    Trapp - Tuta (Hrustić 84), Ilsanker, Hinteregger - Touré (da Costa 61), Sow, Jakić, Chandler - Lindström (Hauge 61), Borré (Lammers 78), Kostić


    Ramaj – Kamada, Ache, Barkok, Paciência

  • Referee

    Florian Badstübner (Windsbach)

  • Attendance


  • Goals

    1-0 Goretzka (29), 1-1 Hinteregger (32), 1-2 Kostić (83)

  • Yellow cards

    Davies, Upamecano / Hauge