Saturday, April 11, 2009

Eintracht overwhelmed in München

In front of nearly 70,000 fans in München, Eintracht was soundly beaten 4-0 by Bayern Saturday afternoon. After two difficult losses Jürgen Klinsmann's side were in need of silencing their critics and this result will most assuredly be a step in that direction.

If there was any doubt of the defending champions focus, Franck Ribéry answered the question as he drove the ball in from twenty-six metres only three minutes in the match after making some space in what seemed like a harmless advance. Fourteen minutes later Italian international Luca Toni got behind the wall to re-direct Ribéry free-kick in with his left foot to make it 2-0. The attacking wave continued without much opposition and with nine minutes left in the half the match was 3-0 as Bastian Schweinsteiger's corner was headed in by the Brazilian Lúcio who had positioned himself at the far back corner of the six yard box. Only three minutes into the new half Luca Toni's point-blank effort was saved by Oka Nikolov but as the battle skipped away Schweinsteiger sent it in from a few metres out. Up by four, Bayern eased back on the pressure without Eintracht showing significant threat.

At twelfth place in the table, die Adler hold a six point cushion to the drop zone. With Borussia Mönchengladbach visiting the Waldstadion, a victory could seal away concerns of the drop.