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Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayern Munich: Hansi Flick’s side slip up in title race

Robert Lewandowski
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Bayern Munich slipped up in their title race and missed the chance to go eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table after a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon.

Two first-half goals from Daichi Kamada and Amin Younes gave the hosts the lead. Robert Lewandowski netted his 26th league goal of the season, but Hansi Flick’s side were unable to find an equalizer as the clock ticked on.

Leroy Sane missed an early chance in the first-half, firing wide of the target. But Frankfurt were on Bayern’s heels from the get-go, and capitalized with two chances that saw them take the lead going into the break.

Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp saved a deflected Kingsley Coman effort and denied Niklas Sule, before parrying away Joshua Kimmich’s shot. Bayern came out all guns blazing in the second half, but were left to rue a number of missed chances before Lewandowski pulled one back.

Flick’s men continued to squander away chances, with Sule firing wide, and Jamal Musiala heading a cross over the bar. Manuel Neuer denied Kamada from scoring another, but Bayern were unable to find a second goal.

Selection headache for Flick

Bayern were without a number of key players for this game, including Thomas Muller and Corentin Tolisso. Both Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez were on the bench after returning from their bouts of coronavirus.

Goretzka came on at half-time for Marc Roca, while Martinez was introduced in the 90th minute for Sane. But it wasn’t enough for the reigning champions who struggled to find an equalizer.

The win means Bayern are still only five points clear of RB Leipzig, who play Hertha Berlin on Sunday. Flick’s side are back in action next week, when they take on Lazio in the Champions League.