Recap: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich 1:5/Sport1
Just when they had a chance to rise to the top of the table, at least temporarily until Leverkusen's game, Bayern Munich suffered their first Bundesliga defeat this season – and in some other way. The German champions were beaten 5-1 away by Eintracht Ferncourt, which prevented Thomas Tuchel from equalling his personal record as a manager and registering a seventh consecutive league win.
But if the result of Bayern's debut defeat is surprising, the same cannot be said about the identity of the opponent that caused it. The Bavarians have suffered four Bundesliga defeats by four or more goals in the current millennium, two of which have been at the hands of Frankfurt. The last time Bayern took five shots out of the net in this frame was on November 2, 2019 – against the same opponent, at the same place and time.
Frankfurt was also the last team to score a hat-trick for Bayern in 60 minutes or less: it happened in a 0-6 win in 1975, which they led 0-5 in the 45th minute. Today they did it again for Germany's most decorated team, with Ansgar Knauf scoring his fifth after an hour of football.
Bayern Munich players apologise to fans/Getty Images, Neil Baynes
The one who handed the champions the humiliating defeat as Frankfurt coach is Dino Topmüller, who for the past two years has worked as an assistant coach at Bayern and even personally went to console its players at the end. On the other hand, one of the most prominent faces of the loss was that of Manuel Neuer. The winning team's fans laughed at the veteran goalkeeper, who only recently returned to the lineup after a year-long absence due to injury: "Neuer to the bench!" they chanted from the stands.
Neuer conceded three goals in the first 36 minutes, the fastest 0-3 advantage Bayern Munich has had in the league since Werder Bremen took the lead after 35 minutes in May 2004.
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A particularly humiliating debut loss/Getty Images, Neil Baynes
Captain Thomas Muller, who came on in the 66th minute with the board already showing 5-1 to his team, was the only Bayern player to be interviewed after the game, as was the case after the embarrassing elimination from the cup by third-division Saarbrücken. "When you lose like that, there has to be a reaction. ' The engine of anger' must turn on. We made personal mistakes, but in general I prefer all the bad to happen in one game. We will get back to ourselves," he said.
Tuchel touched on the same point: "You don't concede five goals without making mistakes. That's what happened today. We were severely punished. I think our performance today just wasn't satisfying, I'm also part of the team and I'm responsible. We will analyze it critically and move on to the next game."
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