Continental Catch-Up: FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Updated: Oct 15, 2021
None Of Bayern, PSG, Or Real Madrid Manage To Win
The weekend's fixtures before the October international break were not a kind one for some of the biggest clubs on the continent. The big clubs were mainly unscathed in Itay, but some of the biggest clubs in Spain, France, and Germany weren't so lucky. Welcome to this week's edition of "Continental Catch-Up."
We will start in Italy again this week. A league that has suffered from tedious predictability in the past is becoming anything but that, with Napoli currently top of the standings.
We'll head to the Turin derby first where Juventus faced Torino. The Old Lady left it late to pick their fourth win in as many fixtures. A Manuel Locatelli screamer from outside the box settled matters and banked Juventus a full three points. Surprisingly it was their first clean sheet in almost seven months of Serie A action. It was a good week for Juve following their victory of Chelsea in the Champions League.
Despite being happy with the victory Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri was not happy with the team dribbling skills and had this to say post-match:
“We need to improve the dribble. At the beginning, we lost too many balls on the diagonals where the center forward today had to be the director of the team. In the second half, they dropped and we moved more. When you play with a team to man. the more you move the more you take away from him.”
Elsewhere there were goals galore in the match-up featuring Sampdoria and Udinese where an 82nd minute Fernando Forestieri goal secured a valuable point for Le Zebrette and both AC Milan and Napoli picked up crucial away wins over Atalanta and Fiorentina respectively.
Cagliari 1-1 Venezia
Salernitana 1-0 Genoa
Torino 0-1 Juventus
Sassulo 1-2 Inter Milan
Bologna 3-0 Lazio
Verona 4-0 Spezia
Sampdoria 3-3 Udinese
Fiorentina 1-2 Napoli
Roma 2-0 Empoli
Atalanta 2-3 AC Milan
The next stop is the Bundesliga where we have to talk about Bayern Munichs' shock loss to Eintracht Frankfurt at home in the Allianz Arena.
Things started off normally enough when Leon Goretzka put Die Roten ahead 1-0 just before the half-hour mark. The seeds of the upset were planted less than five minutes later when Martin Hinteregger made the most of a set-piece opportunity heading home to equal the scores. Thew remained tied at 1-1 as we headed into half-time.
Despite FC Hollywood laying siege to the Frankfurt goal in the second half they just couldn't get their noses in front. They were made to pay for that when Filip Kostics' deflected shot from outside the box escaped the clutches of Manuel Neuer in Munichs goal to seal a famous victory for the Schlappekicker.
Bayern gaffer Julian Nagelsman had this to say after his first loss in charge of the German giants:
“Defeats always hurt, even today, because it was avoidable. We were punished, but also had enough chances,”
Elsewhere Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and surprise packets SC Freiburg all managed victories that see the top 4 now all separated by just one point.
FC Koln 3-1 Furth
B. Dortmund 2-1 Augsburg
Wolfsburg 1-3 Gladbach
Stuttgart 3-1 Hoffenheim
Hertha 1-2 Freiburg
RB Leipzig 3-0 Bochum
Mainz 1-2 Union Berlin
Bayern 1-2 E. Frankfurt
Bielefelf 0-4 Leverkusen
The shocks continued in France as the most star-studded team in the history of football, PSG, suffered their first loss of the season, going down 2-0 to Stade Rennais.
It looked like business as usual in the first half with the superstar Parisiens having chance after chance to take the lead. Lio Messi hit the crossbar with a free-kick, and Neymar & Mbappe both had glorious chances. It wasn't to be though as the home side took the lead against the run of play right on the stroke of half-time.
Equal top scorer in the league Gaetan Laborde made no mistake when given the opportunity to put the ball past the PSG goalkeeper. He made no mistake again directly after the second-half kick-off when he set up Flavien Tait to double Rennes lead.
Despite an onslaught on the Rennes goal, Le Parisiens just couldn't seem to find a way to score as the game ended 2-0 to the hosts.
Mauricio Pochettino had this to say post-match:
"No one likes to lose. Without underestimating what Rennes has done, we are frustrated and disappointed not to have taken our chances and to concede these goals.These situations leave us bitter and disappointed."
Elsewhere there were wins for the chasing pack as Lens, Nice & Angers all secured three points, and now sit 8 points behind Paris Saint Germain. At the other end of the table, St. Etienne & Brest are still searching for their first victory of the season with Les Verts settling for a draw with Lyon and Brest going down to Nice 2-1.
Lens 2-0 Reims
Montpellier 1-1 Strasbourg
Nice 2-1 Brest
Rennes 2-0 PSG
Angers 3-2 Metz
Lorient 1-1 Clermont
Monaco 3-0 Bordeaux
Nantes 2-0 Troyes
Lille 2-0 Marseille
St. Etienne 1-1 Lyon
Our final stop this week is sunny Spain where the traditional big two of Barcelona and Real Madrid both suffered defeats.
At the Wanda Metropolitano Luis Suarez heaped the misery on his former side by setting up Thomas Lemar in the first half to give Colchoneres a 1-0 lead, before finishing them off before halftime by scoring one himself
The pressure has ratcheted up on Ronald Koeman in the Barca dugout. It seems his days are numbered as the head coach of the Catalan club. He seemed to lay the blame for the defeat on 19-year-old midfielder Nico saying this post-match:
“We had spoken exactly about that, our midfielders needed to follow their men – and Nico let Lemar run for their opening goal.”
In the other Catalan vs Madrid match, Espanyol took an early 2-0 lead against Los Blancos. A late goal from Karim Benzema couldn't rescue a point for Real as Espanyol took all three points, handing Madrid their first loss of the season.
Elsewhere Real Sociedad blew a chance to take top spot outright when they could only manage a draw away to Getafe, needing Mikel Oyarzabal to rescue them a point in the second half.
A. Bilbao 1-0 Alaves
Osasuna 1-0 R. Vallecano
Mallorca 1-0 Levante
Cadiz 0-0 Valencia
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Barcelona
Elche 1-0 Celta Vigo
Espanyol 2-1 Real Madrid
Getafe 1-1 R. Sociedad
Villarreal 2-0 Real Betis
Granada 1-0 Sevilla
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