Bayern’s 10-game winning start to Bundesliga comes to an end
BERLIN — Eintracht Frankfurt ended Bayern Munich’s record 10-game winning start to the Bundesliga by holding the German league leader 0-0 on Friday.
Bayern had been targeting Tottenham Hotspur’s mark from 1960-61 in England. Spurs’ 11-game winning start in that season remains the best among Europe’s top five leagues.
Frankfurt, which was knocked out of the German Cup by third-division side Erzgebirge Aue on Tuesday, had lost the previous six meetings between the sides without scoring.
“We had to show a reaction, and we did it on the pitch, we did it for the fans,” Frankfurt forward Haris Seferovic said.
Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal had the best early chance when he drew an excellent reflex save from Lukas Hradecky in the 11th minute, but the visitors were largely frustrated after that despite dominating possession.
Frankfurt defended with vigor and failed to threaten at all until Seferovic earned a corner toward the end of the first half.
Douglas Costa was foiled by Hradecky’s outstretched foot right after the break. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer then presented Marc Stendara a chance at the other end but atoned with a good save.
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm fired a good chance wide before getting a rare yellow card in the 69th for a tactical foul on Stefan Aigner, who had been booked seconds into the game for a rash challenge on Rafinha. Lahm was clearly unhappy to be taken off for David Alaba seven minutes later.
“It wasn’t the first yellow card I got and it won’t be the last one,” Lahm said.
Bayern pushed hard in the final minutes. Robert Lewandowski fired a great chance wide with only the goalkeeper to beat in the 80th, Arjen Robben was booked for diving in the 85th, and Lewandowski had a goal ruled out for offside in the 89th.
“We had enough chances to win the game,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.