German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich took on the national Cup winners Eintracht Frankfurt in a single-match final, in Germany’s banking capital, of the DFL Super Cup on Sunday night.
It was the first meaningful game for Bayern’s new coach Niko Kovac, ironically after having led Eintracht to the German Cup triumph by defeating the Bavarians in the final in May in his last match for the Eagles.
It was so to speak a move from one bench to the other, in the offseason, for the Berlin-born Croat. He insisted on changing as little as possible for the time being, going instead with the most typical Bayern Munich lineup imaginable. This mundane plan worked extremely well, with his team winning 5-0.
Frankfurt started the match quite stably and well organized. However, that ended when Robert Lewandowski scored on both of Bayern’s first two chances in front of the home side’s goal.
They came towards the middle of the first half and were only five minutes apart. Early in the second half, the Polish international striker added a third goal, putting the destination of the 2018 DFL Super Cup beyond any doubt. Substitute Kingsley Coman added a fourth goal for the Reds minutes later.
Thiago Alcantara finished the scoring with minutes left in the encounter.
Needless to say that Robert Lewandowski was man of the match. After a bad World Cup for Poland, which was followed by plenty of criticism from him toward his team mates at both club and country.
He also submitted a transfer request, which the Bayern Munich club bosses quickly denied him. Amid all of that, it was nice to see him let his goals do the talking once again.
Lastly, the aggressive tackling and overall behavior of the Frankfurt players was not worthy of the occasion, neither was the lack of an adequate response from the refereeing crew.