Bayern Munich has lost for the first time this season in the Bundesliga. Eintracht Frankfurt stripped the reigning champions of their unbeaten status with an unprecedented thrashing, one that will likely resonate for some time at FC Hollywood.
Bayern had not made a mistake in the Bundesliga since the away match against RB Leipzig (a 2-2 draw), but had a disastrous start in Frankfurt.
And this happened against a team that was not exactly in form. Eintracht had lost all of their last four official matches and were eliminated last Wednesday against 1. FC Saarbrücken, the surprise team that had earlier also shockingly knocked Bayern out of the cup tournament.
The feelings of revenge did not miss their mark for Frankfurt, although it was certainly also Bayern's fault that it was 3-0 after 36 minutes. The defense looked poor in the conceded goals. Omar Marmoush opened the scoring after poor clearance by Noussair Mazraoui. For the 2-0 by Junior Dina Ebimbe, Min-Jae Kim and Alphonso Davies were outplayed, and a few minutes later, Hugo Larsson was given all the time to make it 3-0.
Bayern had their chances too, but did too little with them. Just before halftime, Joshua Kimmich gave his team hope for a comeback with a well-aimed shot into the top corner, but that hope was nipped in the bud five minutes after halftime with Dina Ebimbe's second goal. The French midfielder punished clumsy ball loss by Dayot Upamecano in midfield, assisted by Farès Chaibi, leaving Manuel Neuer with no chance.
The double substitution by Tuchel, who swapped Davies and Mazraoui on the back positions for Konrad Laimer and Raphaël Guerreiro, had little effect. Bayern couldn’t trouble goalkeeper Kevin Trapp much even after the break and, after an hour, also conceded the fifth goal. Ansgar Knauff completed the humiliation, although it seemed for a moment that VAR might intervene. And to think that Bayern had won 6-1 in Frankfurt last season.
Four years ago, Eintracht also defeated Bayern 5-1 at home, and at the beginning of this season, Bayern had already lost with clear numbers to Leipzig in the German Super Cup: 0-3. That defeat stirred up quite a bit in Munich, and there will likely be considerable unrest around the Allianz Arena leading up to the home match against Manchester United in the Champions League. The fact that Bayern could barely make a fist in the last half-hour will also contribute to that.