Younes sets tone against F.C. Bayern
It wasn't an ordinary shot attempt. It wasn't even a successful shot attempt. When Amin Younes wound
up and fired one at Manuel Neuer from just beyond the midfield line, it was a statement: We Are Here To Win. The shot landed about 12" off the mark, but had announced loud and clear to everyone watching that Eintracht Frankfurt were bringing the punches, not just sitting back and taking them. After having a hand in the previous goal just moments before, and on his way to landing a knockout blow just a few moments later, the diminutive midfielder terrorized the Bavarians for the entirety of the first forty-five minutes of play. With that supersonic warning shot, Younes announced "Game On!"
Trapp spent much of the first 30 minutes unscathed. Eintracht's stifling defense was swarming the field in the early going. Playing mostly a man marking with the back line, with Toure and Tuta matching Coman and Davies step for step. Their marking allowed Rode and Hasebe to roam high up the field and attack both the passing lanes and chase down loose balls. Eintracht also bottled up Lewandowski, with Hinteregger slowing him down while help came from the flanks. With the exception of one threatening run from Lewandowski, and a hapless shot that Leroy Sane punched through, Frankfurt's defense had snuffed up the Bayern attack. The man marking, and the midfield's aggressive ball winning created large gaps in the midfield for Younes to play in to. Immediately after Younes' goal, that begin to change. Coman flipped in a brilliant cross, that would have been a goal if not for Trapps flying tip over the bar. On the ensuing corner, Trapp set himself up perfectly to catch Sane's headed attempt. When Sane found Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in front of the net, the attempt went just wide. Trapp's double save at the thirty-nine minute mark kept Bayern off the scoreboard, and maintained the 2 goal lead going into the half. Eintracht would need every inch of that lead, because the second half would be a much different story. Eintracht had spent the majority of the first half attacking Bayern, and Trapp and company had shut down Bayerns flanking attack.
The first half stats where nearly identical except the for the score. The second half, however, would be a much different story. They dominated possession, the shut down every passing lane. They came out like a team determined to make up the two goal difference. Bayern won every ball and attacked in a flurry that generated 14 shots, but only getting one on target. The defense, spear headed by Martin Hinteregger was locked in and on point. As Eintracht found no footing in attack, the defense set in. Sebastien Rode and Hasebe controlled the midfield. N'Dicka, Tuta, and Hinteregger set in deep, and rarely lost Lewandowski. Trapp was there when he needed to be. And with the exception of a world class play by LeRoy Sane, who found Lewandowski in the sweet spot, they never gave ground.