The duo of Xabi Alonso and Rafinha saved the day for Bayern Munich as the reigning Bundesliga champions came from behind to beat Ingolstadt 3-1 in a far from convincing fashion in the Bavarian derby on Saturday.
It was by no means a vintage display from Bayern, who were given plenty of problems by their visitors at the Allianz Arena before making it three wins from three in the league, but their superior quality ultimately saw them through in spite of a few nervy moments, with Rafinha’s late strike eventually killing off Ingolstadt’s chances.
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It was the visitors that drew the first blood through Dario Lezcano who broke the deadlock early on, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men held their nerves and soon restored parity shortly after through Robert Lewandowski.
Ingolstadt remained a real threat with Lezcano and Mathew Leckie in attack, but Bayern ultimately went ahead through Alonso early in the second half, just before the Australian drew a crucial stop from Manuel Neuer.
The brilliant Lezcano and Leckie inspired another glorious chance that was spurned by Lukas Hinterseer and Ingolstadt were made to rue such wastefulness, as Rafinha secured their sixth successive win in all competitions, unconvincing though it was.