Bayern München vs. Eintracht Frankfurt  2 - 0


Bundesliga wrap: Bayern topple gritty Frankfurt, Dortmund cruise

10 November 2012 17:58

Bayern Munich remain seven points clear at the Bundesliga summit after a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

The German giants opened the scoring through Frenchman Franck Ribery on the stroke of half-time and although Anderson Bamba headed against the bar for the visitors, Jupp Heynckes' men doubled their advantage when David Alaba converted a controversial penalty on 76 minutes.

Bayern had begun the game brightly, as if intent to put the upstarts from Frankfurt firmly in their place. Indeed, the hosts could have been ahead inside eight minutes, Toni Kroos breaking down the left-hand side before dragging a ball across the six-yard box which a stretching Arjen Robben managed to get on the end of but could only divert into the side netting.

Frankfurt slowly began to impose themselves and had chances to draw level but Bayern raised their game just before the break and after Daniel van Buyten had a goal ruled out for offside, Ribery finally broke the deadlock, side-footing home at the far post after Javi Martinez had sprung the offside trap.

The game remained delicately poised throughout the second half until Alaba converted from the spot with 14 minutes remaining after Vadim Demidov had been harshly penalised for fouling Bastian Schweinsteiger in the area.

Unsurprisingly, Frankfurt kept fighting but they were unable to find a route back into the game and Bayern saw the game out quite comfortably to make it 10 wins from 11 league games this season.

Meanwhile, defending champions Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways with a routine 3-1 victory over cellar-dwellers Augsburg.

Juergen Klopp's side ended their last league outing in a disappointing 0-0 stalemate at home to Stuttgart, but there were no signs of such a result repeating itself as the visitors strolled to a comfortable victory to see their fleeting title defence endure for another week.

German international Marco Reus continued his superb form with a ninth-minute free kick before a second-half brace from Robert Lewandowski kept Dortmund within 11 points of rivals Bayern.

In other results on Saturday, Schalke consolidated second position with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at home to Werder Bremen, Australia international Robbie Kruse netted his first goal of the season as Fortuna Dusseldorf drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim, while Freiburg and Hamburg played out a goalless stalemate.


Bundesliga preview: In-form Bayern face surprise packets

8 November 2012 10:40

Bayern Munich will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga when they host Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

The German giants dropped their first points of the campaign when they were defeated 2-1 by Bayer Leverkusen a fortnight ago, but have since bounced back in style.

They won 3-0 at Hamburg last weekend and then crushed French side Lille 6-1 at home in the Champions League during the week.

The fans at Allianz Arena expect a lot from their side, so motivation will be high for Bayern Munich given they were trumped by Bayer Leverkusen in their last league match at the ground.

Eintracht Frankfurt will be no pushover, however, given they sit in third place on the table with six wins from 10 matches.

The team from Frankfurt have been one of the biggest surprises in the Bundesliga this season, with veteran Alexander Meier the star with seven of their 21 goals.

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh will be hoping Meier can continue his goalscoring run as Bayern Munich have a host of attacking options at their disposal.

Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Mueller have scored 15 goals between them, while the skill and guise of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery are always tough for teams to deal with.

Bayern Munich have scored 30 league goals from their 10 appearances, so you can be assured there will be some goalmouth action in this clash.

The round kicks off on Friday when Mainz host Nuremberg in what is a battle between two mid-table sides.

Mainz head into the encounter after a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen, but have a much better record at Coface Arena and should be too strong for their visitors from Bavaria.

Meanwhile, in Saturday's other big game, Schalke take on Werder Bremen at Veltins Arena.

Schalke drew 2-2 with Arsenal in the Champions League during the week, but should be wary of a Werder Bremen side in good recent form.

They are undefeated in their past three matches and that run of form has seen them rise up the table to seventh.

However, Schalke have lost just once at home in the Bundesliga this season so an entertaining contest can be expected.

In other matches on Saturday, Augsburg are at home to Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim travel to Fortuna Duesseldorf and Freiburg host Hamburg.

And on Sunday the round is concluded when Bayer Leverkusen travel to Volkswagen Arena to take on Wolfsburg, second bottom club Greuther Fuerth are at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach and Stuttgart take on Hannover at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21