Bayern Munich needed a win to secure the Bundesliga title, so they knew they’d have a tough assignment against a complicated Eintracht Frankfurt side. However, Niko Kovac’s men made it easier than expected and didn’t have a lot of problems to cruise their way towards a record-breaking seventh consecutive Bundesliga crown.
Bayern secured a huge 5-1 win over Frankfurt, and that win was enough to claim the league title. Knowing what was at stake for them, Bayern came out firing in all cylinders and only needed four minutes to break the deadlock. Robert Lewandowski held up the ball, Thomas Muller delivered a through pass and Kingsley Coman placed a shot past the keeper to make it 1-0 just four minutes into the game.
The first half would end 1-0 and in fact, Frankfurt equalized early after the break. Sebastien Haller – who came onto the pitch at halftime – placed a rebound into the back of the net, and suddenly things were looking complicated. Another Frankfurt goal would give Borussia Dortmund the title, but that was something Bayern wouldn’t allow. And they only needed five minutes to settle the match for good.
Just three minutes following Haller’s equalizer (50’), David Alaba made it 2-1 for Bayern (53’) when he capitalized on a Kevin Trapp rebound from close range. And four minutes later it would be Renato Sanches who’d double the lead – the Portuguese youngster scored from a tight angle to make it 3-1.
The match ended following Sanches’ goal, at least as a fighting expression. But Bayern would save the best for last. Both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery were playing their final match for the club and as if it would’ve been scripted, both found the back of the net.
Ribery scored Bayern’s fourth goal with a beautiful chipped finish over Trapp after leaving two defenders behind him (72’). Meanwhile, Robben closed the score with a tap-in from close range after a pass from Lewandowski. The Polish striker didn’t contribute in this one, but his tactical work was superb once again. The match ended 5-1 for Bayern and while the scoreline might have been exaggerated, there’s no question Die Roten deserved the win here.
This was Bayern’s 28th league title in the club’s history since the Bundesliga began in the 1963-64 season. But it must be one of the sweetest for the club – not only because Robben and Ribery are leaving, but because of how things unfolded during the entire campaign. Bayern’s second-half rise was undeniable, and now they have the title to show for it.
Bayern Munich: Ulreich (5); Kimmich (7), Süle (6), Hummels (5), Alaba (8); Thiago (6), Göretzka (5) (Renato Sanches (6), 37’); Gnabry (6) (Robben (7), 67’), Müller (8), Coman (7) (Ribery (7), 61’); Lewandowski (6)
Bench: Hoffmann (GK), Boateng, Rafinha, Davies
Frankfurt: Trapp (7); Abraham (5), Hasebe (5), Hinteregger (4); da Costa (5), Fernandes (4), De Guzman (5) (Haller (6), 46’), Kostic (5); Gacinovic (5); Jovic (5), Rebic (6) (Torró (5), 64’)
Bench: Ronnow (GK), Chandler, Falette, Toure, Paciencia
Goals: Coman (1-0, 4’), Haller (1-1, 50’), Alaba (2-1, 53’), Renato Sanches (3-1, 58’), Ribery (4-1, 72’), Robben (5-1, 78’)
Referee: Sascha Stegemann
Yellow cards: Thiago, Ribery (BM); Hinteregger, Hasebe (FRA)
Red cards: None
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