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 By Mark Lovell

Philipp Lahm impresses against Ingolstadt for champions Bayern

Philipp Lahm scored his first goal in more than a year as Bayern beat Ingolstadt on Saturday.

Bayern Munich returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a lethargic 2-0 victory over minnows Ingolstadt in the Bavarian Derby.

After slipping to their first league defeat of the season at Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern struggled for long periods in the first ever league meeting between the two sides.

Following a turgid third straight goalless first half, Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead from a nearly impossible angle on 65 minutes before skipper Philipp Lahm wrapped up the points 10 minutes later with his first goal of the season.

Here are the ratings as the German Champions won their 14th straight home game in all competitions.

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Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):

GK Manuel Neuer, 7 -- Spared the trip to Zagreb in midweek and put his feet up in Munich instead. With the impressive visitors excelling in as good a performance as any opponent in Munich this season, Bayern's No.1 had to be at his best to deny Stephan Lex in each half to secure a tenth league clean sheet.

DF Rafinha, 6 -- A typically efficient performance from the proud new holder of German citizenship. Rafinha's not eligible to play for Germany though, having represented Brazil 10 years ago in official competition.

DF Holger Badstuber, 6 -- Ruled out of Champions League action through suspension but replaced the equally injury-prone Medhi Benatia for his first league start of the season. Following an ugly clash of heads, the defender was stitched up and had to play more than 75 minutes in a blood-stained white bandage. Badstuber had his goalkeeper to thank for sparing some of his blushes in a nervous display.

DF Jerome Boateng, 7 -- It's no surprise that Boateng's "Beckenbauer-esque" pass won Bayern the game. Such incisive, raking passes are becoming his trademark.

DF Philipp Lahm, 8 -- The 32-year-old skipper started off at right-back but spent the second period on the right-hand side of midfield as Bayern pressed forward with more intent. Lahm got the goal his efforts deserved, scoring his first since October 2014 to put the game to bed.

MF Arturo Vidal, 5 -- The Chilean has featured in every league game this season but he was sluggish throughout and paid the price as he was hauled off for Thiago five minutes after half-time with the game goalless.

MF Joshua Kimmich, 7 -- Just a third league start for the player Pep Guardiola believes "sooner rather than later will play for Germany." Kimmich stood out especially during a pedestrian first half display, laying on a chance for Lewandowski with a beautiful through ball which the Pole couldn't convert.

MF Javi Martinez, 6 -- Like so many of his colleagues, the Spaniard struggled during a lacklustre opening period. Bayern's record signing improved after the break but it was a quiet game by his recent lofty standards.

MF Kingsley Coman, 6 -- After a sluggish first half, Coman burst to the by-line to feed Lewandowski as Bayern improved after the break. With injuries to Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa, Coman provides the pace and width to make Bayern less predictable. Admittedly, it wasn't the teenager's finest hour today, but at least he's fit.

FW Thomas Muller, 6 -- Anonymous during the first half, Muller was denied just after the hour by keeper Ozcan and unselfishly set up his mate Lahm for the game clincher when he might have gone for goal himself.

FW Robert Lewandowski, 8 -- Looked the liveliest as Bayern struggled to break the deadlock. The Pole had a lob cleared off the line after beating the keeper midway through the first half. He went close again with a cheeky back heel on 53 minutes as Bayern increased their tempo. Watch his 15th Bundesliga goal this season for evidence as to why he's the best out-and-out striker in the game: feeding on an inch-perfect through ball from Boateng to fire home from an implausibly tight angle. He's found the net 31 times in 29 outings for club and country in a prolific season -- surely good enough for the Pole to secure Ballon d'Or third spot in succession to Manuel Neuer.


MF Thiago, 7 -- The Spaniard breathed new life into Bayern on his comeback from injury when he replaced the flagging Vidal five minutes after the break.

MF Xabi Alonso, N/R -- Having just taken the lead, Guardiola surprised many by hooking off Bayern's best central defender Boateng in favour of fellow World Cup winner Alonso. It all worked out. Nothing to see here, move along.

MF Sebastian Rode, N/R -- Enjoyed a rare start in the Champions League in midweek but had to make do with a third straight Bundesliga substitute appearance, replacing Muller with 11 minutes remaining.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.


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