FC Bayern’s Niko Kovac returned to Frankfurt for his first Bundesliga match since making the offseason move to Munich. Just like in the Supercup, the Bavarians were strong in all components in Frankfurt and came out 3-0 winners.
Franck Ribéry proved to be the man of the night, netting a goal in both halves. Rafinha added a late goal when his cross was too strong for Robert Lewandowski, but found the back of the net anyways.
Though the Eagles were overpowered, they did not head into the winter break with their heads slumped. They’re in sixth place, good enough for European competition next season. They also got a nice surprise from their top supporters after the match.
Frankfurt: Trapp – Salcedo, Falette, N’Dicka – da Costa, Fernandes (c) (Müller 69′), Gacinovic (de Guzman 43′), Willems – Kostic – Haller, Jovic
Unused subs: Rönnow, Stendera, Russ, Tawatha, Hrgota
Out: Abraham (calf), Allan (knee), Chandler (knee), Hasebe (thigh), Paciencia (knee), Torro (pelvis), Rebic (unknown)
Coach: Adi Hütter
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Rafinha, Süle, Boateng, Alaba – Kimmich, Martinez – Müller (Shabani 90′), Thiago, Ribery (Coman 90′) – Lewandowski (Wagner 90′)
Unused subs: Ulreich, Mai
Out: Gnabry (adductor), James (knee), Robben (thigh), Sanches (suspended), Tolisso (knee), Goretzka (adductor), Hummels (back)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Here are the @Kai_Dambach‘s exclusive photos from Saturday night’s action: