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Darmstadt 0-1 Bayern Munich

Douglas Costa
Douglas Costa's winner was his third Bundesliga goal of the season

Douglas Costa's spectacular winner took Bayern Munich top of the Bundesliga on goal difference before Wednesday's meeting with title rivals RB Leipzig.

The Brazilian's 25-yard left-foot shot swerved in off the underside of the bar to send bottom club Darmstadt to a seventh straight defeat.

Bayern laboured for much of the game against spirited opponents.

Peter Niemeyer should have equalised, heading straight at Manuel Neuer, who had parried Jerome Gondorf's free-kick.

Carlo Ancelotti's side regained first place from Leipzig, who had moved three points clear by beating Hertha Berlin 2-0 on Saturday.

One eye on Wednesday?

Leipzig have supplanted Borussia Dortmund as Bayern's biggest Bundesliga title rivals this season, and Wednesday's meeting between the two side in Munich is keenly anticipated.

There was a sense that Ancelotti and his players may have had one eye on that fixture, as they were far from at their best against Darmstadt.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, who was listed on the team sheet, suffered a problem during the warm-up and was not risked - perhaps with Wednesday in mind - as Rafinha was drafted in to replace him.

There was little fluency about Bayern's play, and Robert Lewandowski - who signed a contract extension lasting until 2021 on Tuesday - did not look like continuing the run that had brought him five goals in his previous three matches.

The closest that the Poland striker came to a goal was a free-kick floated just over the bar towards the end of the first half, on a day when Bayern rarely threatened other than from set-pieces.

There was a degree of encouragement in defeat for Darmstadt, who have struggled to recover from the departure of coach Dirk Schuster for Augsburg during the summer.

Norbert Meier, Schuster's replacement, was sacked on 5 December, but interim coach Ramon Berndroth coaxed an energetic performance from his players, and they would have gained a valuable point but for Costa's unstoppable shot.

Line-ups

Darmstadt

  • 31Esser
  • 7Fedetskyy
  • 18NiemeyerSubstituted forColakat 78'minutes
  • 4Sulu
  • 32Holland
  • 8Gondorf
  • 6Vrancic
  • 17Sirigu
  • 10RosenthalBooked at 43minsSubstituted forJungwirthat 65'minutes
  • 20Heller
  • 39SchipplockSubstituted forObinnaat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Guwara
  • 11Obinna
  • 14Bezjak
  • 16Colak
  • 23Jungwirth
  • 24Berezovskyi
  • 30Kleinheisler

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 5HummelsBooked at 75mins
  • 27Alaba
  • 23VidalSubstituted forRibéryat 69'minutes
  • 14AlonsoBooked at 75mins
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forKimmichat 80'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 11Douglas CostaSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ribéry
  • 18Bernat
  • 21Lahm
  • 26Ulreich
  • 28Badstuber
  • 32Kimmich
  • 35Renato Sanches
Referee:
Bastian Dankert
Attendance:
17,400

Match Stats

Home TeamDarmstadtAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home21%
Away79%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, SV Darmstadt 98 0, FC Bayern München 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, SV Darmstadt 98 0, FC Bayern München 1.

Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Obinna (SV Darmstadt 98).

Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Obinna (SV Darmstadt 98).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Renato Sanches replaces Douglas Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, SV Darmstadt 98. Victor Obinna replaces Sven Schipplock.

Foul by Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München).

Florian Jungwirth (SV Darmstadt 98) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Antonio-Mirko Colak (SV Darmstadt 98) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcel Heller with a cross.

Hand ball by Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München).

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Sandro Sirigu (SV Darmstadt 98).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Joshua Kimmich replaces Thomas Müller.

Substitution

Substitution, SV Darmstadt 98. Antonio-Mirko Colak replaces Peter Niemeyer.

Rafinha (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcel Heller (SV Darmstadt 98).

Attempt saved. Peter Niemeyer (SV Darmstadt 98) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Jérôme Gondorf (SV Darmstadt 98) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Mats Hummels (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mats Hummels (FC Bayern München).

Mario Vrancic (SV Darmstadt 98) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sven Schipplock (SV Darmstadt 98).

Attempt missed. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Alaba with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! SV Darmstadt 98 0, FC Bayern München 1. Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara following a set piece situation.

Rafinha (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabian Holland (SV Darmstadt 98).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Franck Ribéry replaces Arturo Vidal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jérôme Gondorf (SV Darmstadt 98) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara.

Mats Hummels (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sven Schipplock (SV Darmstadt 98).

Foul by Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München).

Fabian Holland (SV Darmstadt 98) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, SV Darmstadt 98. Florian Jungwirth replaces Jan Rosenthal.

Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Douglas Costa with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 18th December 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich1511313592636
2RB Leipzig15113131121936
3Hoffenheim1569027161127
4Hertha Berlin158342216627
5B Dortmund1575334181626
6Frankfurt157531912726
7Köln156632014624
8Mainz156272627-120
9B Leverkusen156272223-120
10Freiburg156271926-720
11Schalke155371917218
12Augsburg154561216-417
13B Mgladbach154471423-916
14Werder Bremen154381933-1415
15Wolfsburg153481323-1013
16Ingolstadt153391325-1212
17Hamburg152491230-1810
18Darmstadt1522111128-178
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