Congratulations to Bayern on winning 3:0! I was really inspired to eat some cream puffs afterwards *grin*
Overall, I thought it was a quiet game for Lahm, but that does not mean it was bad. He simply did what was necessary. No more, no less. I would say that the bulk of his work happened to be during the last 20 minutes of the second half. He did some nice dispossessing tricks. For example, in the 73rd+ minute, the crowd met with applause and cheers one of those actions as Lahm scraped the ball from one of Bayer’s players. Over the course of the match, he had some good passes and moved the game forward. After one of Lahm’s defensive actions, the commentator said, “One of the best in the business. Philipp Lahm.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote in their individual critique,
A game to his liking. After the first 20 minutes, the score is 2:0, and one can settle for “securing the result” administrative measures for the remaining 70 minutes. It was already an extremely boring kicking of the ball, the left-back was risking to get a sleepy foot. If he had drunk two beers inside the Schottenhamel tent* on Saturday morning, nobody would have noticed. In the absence of things to do, he tried to bring down an assistant referee at some point, during a rescue mission. That did not work out. (my translation)
*this is a reference to the Oktoberfest that is going on now. You can google it for further explanation.
I, personally, thought that moment with bringing down a referee was quite amusing. It was in the 74th+ minute that Philipp tried to keep the ball in play, so he did a tackle. It so happened that an assistant referee was standing right on the ball’s path, thus Philipp tackled him, too. The referee stumbled but remained standing. The crowd cheered. My facial expression went from this to this . Go, Philipp!