05.08.2022
Eintracht

Heavy defeat in Bundesliga opener

Eintracht Frankfurt lost 6-1 at home to Bayern Munich on Friday evening. Randal Kolo Muani netted the consolation goal with a debut strike.

Head coach Oliver Glasner made one alteration to the team that started in Monday’s 4-0 win at 1. FC Magdeburg in the DFB Cup. Captain Sebastian Rode was preferred to Daichi Kamada in midfield against his former club.

Bayern ruthless

There was a euphoric atmosphere at the sold-out Deutsche Bank Park for the first home match since the Europa League success in May, but the mood was soon dampened. Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring after just five minutes, surprising everyone with a low free-kick from long range that nestled in at the near post. It was 2-0 six minutes later, with the Eagles failing to clear a corner and Benjamin Pavard blasting in the loose ball. Eintracht almost replied instantly when Tuta headed Filip Kostic’s corner against the bar.

Captain Sebatian Rode in action.

The game briefly settled down before the next wave of attacks. The champions could have made it 3-0 when they countered with two against one, but Serge Gnabry's under-hit pass to Thomas Müller allowed Kostic to get back and disturb Müller enough to make him hit the post. At the other end, Eintracht had their best chance when Jesper Lindström weaved his way through the Bayern defence before firing just wide. Seconds later, Kevin Trapp tipped Jamal Musiala’s deflected shot onto the bar. The visitors made no mistake with their next opportunity, though, Sadio Mané heading in from Gnabry’s delivery.

Eintracht fail to clear a corner and Pavard blasts the loose ball in.

It wasn’t long before the next Bayern goal arrived, Müller and Musiala combining and the latter finishing off a simple tap-in. And they managed to add one more before the break, Gnabry getting on the scoresheet with a shot that Trapp got something on but not enough to keep it out.

Improved second half

Glasner made three substitutions at half-time, with Christopher Lenz, Kristijan Jakic and Kolo Muani entering the fray. Jakic thought he’d pulled a goal back in the 56th minute, only for it to be disallowed for offside. Kolo Muani did manage to grab a consolation goal on his Bundesliga debut, though, taking advantage of a Manuel Neuer mistake on the edge of his area and rolling the ball into the empty net. Bayern had the final say, though, Musiala showing excellent close control in the penalty area to net his second goal and his team’s sixth.

Summary: One to forget

Bayern were simply too good for Eintracht. Had the Eagles converted their two big opportunities in the first half, it could have perhaps been a different story but then the champions were out of sight at half-time. Kolo Muani’s lively performance and debut goal is at least one positive for Glasner, who must now pick his men up quickly ahead of another big challenge against Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.

SGE line-up

Trapp – Toure, Tuta (Hasebe 81’), Ndicka – Knauff, Sow, Rode (Jakic 46’), Kostic (Alidou 75’) – Götze, Borré (Kolo Muani 46’), Lindström (Lenz 46’)

Goals

0-1 Kimmich (5') 
0-2 Pavard (11')
0-3 Mané (29') 
0-4 Musiala (35') 
0-5 Gnabry (43') 
1-5 Kolo Muani (64') 
1-6 Musila (83') 

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