Bayern grind it out against Frankfurt

Posted by Susie Schaaf

It wasn't easy against Frankfurt, but Bayern Munich retained their seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table after a strike by Franck Ribery - and a dodgy penalty, struck home by David Alaba - see the Reds with 30 points in 11 matches and a lovely +28 goal differential.

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One-nil would have been a fair result as die Adler and die Roten traded blows throughout the match; Frankfurt coming out especially strong in the early minutes as Stefan Aigner saw an early yellow for a two-footed tackle on Bayern captain Philipp Lahm. Unfortunately for Munich, Jerome Boateng pulled up at the half-hour mark with a suspected torn left hamstring and is expected to miss a few weeks of action.

Frankfurt are now winless in their last three matches, but retain third-place in the Bundesliga with 20 points; one better than champions Borussia Dortmund. Armin Veh's destitution in having to travel to Munich was perhaps not quite as severe as his interview with Bild would suggest. Makes for easy press, certainly, but Eintracht did not lay down.

There were a few offside calls in the first half for Bayern; striker Claudio Pizarro and Franck Ribery pulling up after flags. Daniel van Buyten, coming in for the injured Jerome Boateng, "scored" the opener on a Toni Kroos free kick late in the first half, but was also ruled marginally off. Two minutes later a goal would count as David Alaba passed to Javi Martinez - the Spaniard releasing a pass to Ribery in the box which the Frenchman tapped home.

But, Frankfurt were denied in the first 45 minutes as Aigner headed over, and Alex Meier headed wide. After the initial goal from Munich, Frankfurt 'keeper Kevin Trapp saved Toni Kroos and an Alaba freekick to keep the score a narrow 1-0 at the half.

The second half saw Bayern on their back-heels a bit, as the Frankfurters came out to play. Unfortunately for Armin Veh, Bastian Schweinsteiger drew a foul in the box by Vadim Demidov. The penalty taken was scored by David Alaba. 2-0 to Bayern.

Both Robben and Ribery should have added to the scoreline numerous times, perhaps? But, all-in-all? A good team performance all around. Javi Martinez is looking increasingly comfortable, and Daniel van Buyten- subbing in for Boateng- looked good as well.

I will be interested by players' forms over next weekends' international matches. Although my concentration is Bayern (obviously), I do keep up with the rest. After all, it's Munich and Barcelona that send their players willy-nilly, and I want everyone to not get hurt.

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