Bayern Munich left it late to claim a dramatic 2-0 victory over relegation threatened FC Ingolstadt.
The visitors opened the scoring through Arturo Vidal in the 90th minute, in a match which looked destined for a scoreless draw.
Winger Arjen Robben would add to the hosts’ pain just moments later when he doubled the lead, ultimately handing Die Roten a comfortable victory.
Here are the main talking points following the result:
Bayern take advantage of Leipzig’s poor form
With Leipzig struggling to re-create their early season form in recent weeks, Bayern have made the most of their opportunities to extend their lead at the top of the table. RB Leipzig fell to Hamburg 3-0, leaving them on 42, seven points behind Bayern who sit on 49. It is going to take a monstrous effort from Leipzig to overcome this gap, as they are relying on Bayern to drop points. The league leaders, however, are sitting comfortably knowing that their hopes of yet another Bundesliga crown rest in their own hands.
Ingolstadt show they deserve to stay in the league
Ingolstadt are in a relegation crisis but it must be noted they sit only two points from safety. Their days of comfortably sitting in the mid-table are over and they must now look to gain points on every possible occasion if they wish to remain in Germany’s top-flight. Ingolstadt have consistently show that when they give their all, they are far from walkovers. But this season things have gone against their usual trend and the club now find themselves in serious danger of going down.
For 90 minutes against Bayern, they held out for a clean sheet against some of the best attacking players in the world, unfortunately they were punished for a late lapse in concentration, but their performance would be good for a point against any other team in the league. It is only Ingolstadt’s second year in the Bundesliga and it would be an enormous shame to see them go down, but if they can continue to produce this level of performance, expect them to be playing in the top-flight next season.
Another three points, but worrying signs for Bayern’s season
Bayern have had the comfort of walking all over Bundesliga teams for the past few months, but with the Champions League close to resuming, Carlo Ancelotti’s side cannot afford any sort of complacency. While the Bavarians are masters at grinding out wins, they cannot bring their lacklustre attitude to the Champions League knockout rounds. Robert Lewandowski, as well as a large number of other players, were simply not good enough against Ingolstadt. These faults will become painfully clear in the Champions League against a much more difficult opponent.
New players that should be enhancing the attack, like midfielder Renato Sanches, are simply sitting out most games as Ancelotti would rather rely on ageing players like Robben to get the job done. Bayern can get away with this makeshift team in Germany, but when it comes to the big games they are going to be severely disappointed if they do not improve.