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Hard-working FCB overcome gritty Frankfurt

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Hard-working FCB overcome gritty Frankfurt

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:40 pm

Bayern maintained their record start to the season on Saturday with a home win over promoted Eintracht Frankfurt, although Jupp Heynkces' men were forced to work very hard indeed against the courageous and lively visitors. However, the 2-0 success was ultimately deserved due to FCB's persistence and ability to turn up the heat when it mattered.

The 71,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw an absorbing first 45 minutes with chances at either end, before the home fans erupted in joy a minute shy of the break when Franck Ribery broke the deadlock from a Javi Martinez assist.

The end-to-end stuff continued after the restart in an evenly-balanced game, but Bayern had the better of the openings and were rewarded 15 minutes from time when David Alaba wrapped up the points from the penalty spot.

A tenth win from 11 league fixtures so far this term means Bayern cement their grip on top spot in the standings with 30 points, seven clear of Schalke, ten ahead of Eintracht, and 11 in front of champions Borussia Dortmund. For once, there is no midweek fixture for the Bavarians, who are next in action away to struggling Bavarian rivals Nürnberg next Saturday afternoon.

Heynckes opted for one change to the team from the crushing 6-1 victory over Lille in the Champions League, restoring Toni Kroos to central midfield and handing Thomas M�ller a rest. Both Martinez and Claudio Pizarro retained their places in the team, with fit-again Mario Mandzukic joining M�ller on the bench.

The line-up featured Manuel Neuer in goal, with David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Dante and captain Philipp Lahm in the back four, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Martinez anchoring the midfield, Ribery and Arjen Robben out wide, and Pizarro up front with Kroos operating behind him.

Frankfurt boss Armin Veh, whose side set off into the season at a terrific pace but had only won one of the four matches prior to Saturday, made the one change expected after a 1-1 draw with Greuther F�rth, introducing Karim Matmour for the out-of-sorts Olivier Occean.

After referee Marco Fritz whistled proceedings underway, there was an early scare for the Reds when former 1860 Munich man Stefan Aigner picked up a fully deserved yellow card for a scything foul on Lahm, although the Munich captain was able to continue after treatment.

Mr Fritz then waved away Ribery's appeals for a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Norway defender Vadim Demidov, before Kroos picked out Robben's run into the box, the Dutchman twisting to shoot but finding only the side-netting. Ribery, Alaba and Pizarro combined well but the Peruvian had strayed offside, before Neuer entered the action for the first time with a routine take from Matmour's flicked header.

Ribery seemed poised to score from Boateng's long pass but also fell foul of the assistant referee's flag, but Eintracht had settled by the midpoint of the half and created a couple of chances. Sebastian Jung fired over the bar, before Aigner directed a free header from Bastian Oczipka's cross just a shade too high.

Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp pushed Alaba's free-kick away for a corner, but Sebastian Rode failed to make the most of another headed opportunity as the visitors continued to hold their own. Trapp grabbed Schweinsteiger's shot and then excelled to deny Ribery's goalbound effort, but there was a blow for FCB on the half-hour when Boateng pulled up clutching his left hamstring, and was replaced by Daniel van Buyten.

The Belgian, on for his first Bundesliga minutes in 2012/13, was initially out of position as Alexander Meier missed a golden opportunity from Oczipka's centre, and then had a 'goal' chalked off after stepping marginally offside before heading home Kroos' 42nd-minute free-kick. But Bayern did open the scoring two minutes later as the league leaders struck thrillingly on the break, Alaba releasing Martinez in behind the Frankfurt defence and the Spaniard timing his pass brilliantly for Ribery to tap home.

Trapp then denied Kroos and Ribery in quick order as the Reds went for the jugular before the interval, but the second half started with a let-off for Heynckes' men as Brazilian defender Anderson crashed a header against Neuer's crossbar. That spurred Munich into yet more effort, Kroos sending his drive over the bar and Trapp saving bravely at Pizarro's feet.

Heynckes went for a change on the hour and replaced Pizarro with M�ller, the new man making an immediate difference with twisting runs and lay-offs for Ribery and Robben, before Martinez headed over and Van Buyten thundered a header from a corner just inches wide of the upright.

Anatoliy Tymoshchuk replaced Kroos for the last 20 minutes to shore up the lead, which the home side in any case extended on 76 minutes after Demidov bundled Schweinsteiger to the ground in the box, Alaba confidently stroking home the spot-kick to double the advantage. Frankfurt heads finally went down now and Trapp was frequently called upon to keep the score within bounds, the keeper saving well from Ribery and brilliantly from Robben as the clock ticked down to the final whistle.

Live match report for by Chris Hamley
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