It wasn't to be for Die Roten Bullen in Munich. An early red card made an already difficult task almost impossible, and FC Bayern ran out 2-0 winners at the Allianz Arena.
It was shaping up to be yet another tense and hard-fought affair following Wednesday night's cup thriller, but once again a red card had a big say in the result. Willi Orban was sent off in the 13th minute after bringing Arjen Robben down as the last man, and Bayern soon made their man advantage count. James Rodriguez fired home just six minutes later to open the scoring, before Robert Lewandowski coverted one-on-one to double FCB's lead.
Ralph Hasenhüttl's charges demonstrated real organisation and discipline after the restart and tried to break when the opportunity arose, but any attack was quickly closed down by the overload of red shirts. In the end, Die Roten Bullen did well to keep it down to two goals and can look to bounce back in midweek. Our Champions League journey takes us to Porto on Wednesday (20:45 CET), before it's third vs. fourth in the Bundesliga as we welcome Hannover to the Red Bull Arena next Saturday.
- Ralph Hasenhüttl made three changes to the side knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by FC Bayern in midweek, with Lukas Klostermann, Diego Demme and Timo Werner coming in for Bernardo, Kevin Kampl and Jean-Kévin Augustin.
- Bruma returned to the bench after shaking off a thigh problem and came on for the second half.
- Willi Orban's dismissal was already our third Bundesliga red card this season. The length of his suspension is yet to be confirmed.