This weekend three big teams in Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1, surprisingly tasted their first domestic defeat at the same time. Bayern was beaten by Frankfurt 1-2 at home, Los Blancos slumped to a 1-2 defeat against the promoted side Espanyol, while PSG and its star-studded squad lost to Rennes 0-2 in the away fixtures.
Among those results, the most shocking one was Bayern’s. They had been superior this season under the young genius manager Julian Nagelsmann. It seemed very unlikely for them to fail in securing three points at home against the inconsistent Eintracht Frankfurt under their new boss, the former Wolfsburg man, Oliver Glasner. Yet, the lady luck apparently did not smile at Die Roeten at all. Despite taking the lead through Leon Goretzka and having a number of decent chances from Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski or Leroy Sane, they could not score more. Thanks to Kevin Trapp who was in-form between the sticks and denied all of those shots on target except one attempt from Gnarby whose close range strike hit the post. However, the impressive performance from the former PSG man would have meant nothing if Frankurt had not had Filip Kostic. The Serbia winger provided an assist for the equaliser through Martin Hinteregger’s header and scored a late winning goal. Such loss might not change their position on the top of table but their points are already equal to Bayer Leverkusen on the second.
Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2
Goals: Leon Goretzka (29); Martin Hinteregger (32), Filip Kostic (83)
Bayern: Manuel Neuer – Lucas Hernandez, Alphonse Davies, Dayot Upamecano, Niklas Sule (Marcel Sabitzer 75) – Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane (Eric Chopo-Mouting 81), Serge Gnabry (Jamal Musiala 70) – Robert Lewandowski
Frankfurt: Kevin Trapp – Tuta (Ajdin Hrustic 84), Stefan Ilsanker, Martin Hinteregger – Djibril Sow, Jakic, Almamy Toure (Danny Da Costa 61), Timothy Chandler – Jesper Lindstrom (Jens Petter Hauge 61), Rafael Borre (Sam Lammers 78), Filip Kostic
In La Liga, Real Madrid’s negative trend in the last two games endured in the weekend while travelling to RCDE Stadium in Barcelona. The encounter against the newly-promoted side, Espanyol ended in a disastrous 1-2 defeat. Carlo Ancellotti’s men even already conceded twice through Raul de Tomas and Aleix Vidal. Real Madrid could only bag a consolation goal through Karim Benzema. The French man had two more chances to score but they were sadly disallowed.
In the mean time, PSG with Lionel Messi in it stumbled while facing off Bruno Genesio’s Rennes on the road. Le Parisien had been knocking on the door but Neymar and Co failed to break the deadlock. In fact, they were punished by the home side’s double goals by Gaetan Laborde and Flaven Tait. Such defeat still keeps both of them in the top of the standings but another stumble to such failure would cost their campaign.