Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to 9 points with an extremely late win at Ingolstadt.
Ingolstadt were resolute and showed great solidarity at the back to thwart Bayern Munich during the 90 minutes, but were undone on two occasions in second half stoppage time.
Arturo Vidal broke the dead lock on 90 minutes and Arjen Robben doubled their advantage immediately afterwards. It was a bitter pill for the hosts to swallow, after an impressive performance in normal time.
Bayern extended their unbeaten run to eight games and open up a nine point lead at the head of the table, due to RB Leipzig’s surprising defeat at home to Hamburg. They are on course to clinch their fifth successive Bundesliga title as the following pack are falling into the distant background.
Ingolstadt were defensively resilient and frustrated Bayern Munich with two goal line clearances. Lewandowski was denied by Marvin Matip and Muller was thwarted by Florent Hadergjonaj. Lewandowski’s speculative long range effort in the closing stages also crashed back off the post.
The hosts offered very little, in terms of goal mouth action, but it was a very promising performance against the table toppers. One point against Bayern would’ve helped guide Ingolstadt out of the bottom two and into the relegation play-off position.
They travel to third-place Eintracht Frankfurt next Saturday afternoon and Bayern face another road trip against Hertha Berlin. They also return to Champions League action in mid-week with a visit from Arsenal on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich dictated play in the first two thirds of the pitch but were unable to break Ingolstadt’s resistance with their reputable attacking front. Lewandowski sent an effort crashing onto the post, the Polish talisman and Muller had chances cleared off the line and Ingolstadt man marked incredibly tightly to suffocate the visitors.
It was very refreshing and impressive to see them successfully frustrate and prevent Bayern from creating chances with ease. They made it incredibly difficult for them but had a lapse in concentration towards the later stages of the game, which essentially cost them.
This proves the quality of the Bavarians because no team should ever lie down against the top clubs. It only took one lapse in concentration and this lost them the game and an opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone.
Ingolstadt rarely threatened Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, in fact they failed to record an attempt on target. Although they came close on two occasions via Marcel Tisserand and Matthew Leckie.
They posed their biggest threat from set pieces with both of their chances originating from a free-kick and corner kick. However, Bayern’s defence had a relatively comfortable afternoon, leaving the workload to their attacking line.
Arturo Vidal was the creator and scorer of the breakthrough goal, by sweeping a pass out wide and meeting Thomas Muller’s cross to direct a controlled volley into the far bottom corner.
Vidal’s 90-minute strike knocked the stuffing out of Ingolstadt and Arjen Robben was allowed the license to breakthrough and strike a low effort into the bottom corner. Their defence, which was so strong and resolute for 90 minutes, was carved open twice for Bayern to score in quick succession.
Bayern overloaded the right hand side, favouring the right flank to the left to create opportunities. Thomas Muller and Rafinha were instrumental in assisting Vidal’s opener and in a large portion of the attacks created by the visitors.
Robert Lewandowski was unable to increase his season goal scoring tally but was relentless in attempting to break Ingolstadt’s resistance. It was a good afternoon for Bayern, who recorded a late win and gained a nine-point lead at the top due to RB Leipzig’s shocking 3-0 defeat at home to relegation candidates Hamburg.