SC Freiburg vs. Bayern Munich | Recap

Alex Grimm

On only two days rest and with a weakened squad, Bayern surrendered a late goal to leave Freiburg with only one point.

It was just one of those matches.

One of those matches where it felt like everyone in the stadium knew what was going to happen except the ones who needed to know most, the manager and the players on the field. The sort of match that teams like Freiburg are capable of, especially playing at home.

With one eye on the UEFA SuperCup against Chelsea on Friday, Pep Guardiola started the match without captain Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba or Mario Mandzukic, all typically starters.

Formationally, the team played a very loose 4-1-4-1, but the squad didn't exactly hold to that on any consistent basis, mainly drifting back and forth with the flow of play.

Once again, the Bavarians dominated possession, but not opportunities. The match ended with the Reds keeping 74% of the ball but not necessarily having many more clear scoring chances.

Of the many dark spots, Xherdan Shaqiri was not one of them. Along with his volleyed (well sort of) goal in the 33rd minute, the Swiss international had the best play of the attacking players in the second half as well.

Thomas Müller sent in a cross to Shaqiri near the back post, who let it bounce once before sending an uncatchable missile of a shot to Oliver Baumann's near post, which it then hit, before scorching the back of the net for the first goal of the match.

Prior to the goal, Kroos had an excellent opportunity but shot directly at Baumann, and a Rafinha cross found Müller's head but the resulting attempt was off target.

The rest of the half was a physical affair, as was the rest of the match.

The second half began much like the first; Fallou Diagne yanked Claudio Pizarro down by his shirttail, but referee Florian Meyer awards no card after separating the two. Meanwhile, Freiburg's manager, Christian Streich, looked like he was on the verge of needing treatment for severely raised blood pressure, as he wasted no opportunities to voice his displeasure at the officiating crew.

A few more Shaqiri near-misses for FCB later, and Freiburg had one of their own, with Laprevotte hitting the post and narrowly missing out on the equalizer.

Philipp Lahm entered the match as a midfielder as Pep was clearly hoping to insert a player who could stabilize his side, but if anything matters only got worse.

Also entering the match was Freburg's Nicolas Höfler, who promptly received a yellow card for a vicious studs-up foul on Toni Kroos to begin what certainly seemed like what would be a forgettable match for the sub.

Minutes later, Bayern nearly gave up possession in their own box because of a poorly-planned passing triangle that took place in front of goal. Neuer nearly had the ball picked up off his foot but managed to send it forward.

More missed chances by Müller and Pizarro followed before the Bayern defense could bend no more without breaking.

Schweinsteiger left the field with an apparent ankle injury and was replaced by Franck Ribery in the 79th minute.

For a while, Ribery looked to bring the possession-hoarding side from the first half back to life, but a quick Freiburg counterattack ended any hopes of that being the case.

With 85 minutes gone, Mike Hanke controlled a breakaway down the left side that ended with substitute Nicolas Höfler smashing home the equalizer from maybe two yards away. Dante and Rafinha were most to blame, as they were guilty of ball-watching and indecisiveness, respectively.

Bayern had one more chance to leave with all possible points but the scramble in the box that left Dante with a clear shot on goal went unused because the Brazilian skied it into the stands.

For now, Bayern can only hope that Pep's decision to rest players for the Chelsea match will pay off, because the Bavarians have already invested two points in the match, deposited in Freiburg.

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