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Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso leave victors as Bayern Munich smash Freiburg

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Celebrate.

Bayern Munich's defender Philipp Lahm waves to the crowds during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg, his last match for the club, in the southern German city of Munich on May 20, 2017.
Bayern Munich's defender Philipp Lahm waves to the crowds during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg, his last match for the club, in the southern German city of Munich on May 20, 2017.
(Photo credit should read GUENTER SCHIFFMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich beat Freiburg 4-1 in the final Bundesliga game of the season to send off Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso with big celebrations.

The party started early in Munich with Arjen Robben notching the opening goal just four minutes into the match. How do you think he scored? Like, what do you think he did prior to shooting? If you predicted, “He cut left.” then you win! His left footed shot found the back of the net to give Bayern the early lead.

The rest of the first half was really a “How many different ways can Robert Lewandowski not score?” contest. He forced some quality saves from Alexander Schwolow and hit the post.

The second half featured a lot of Freiburg pressing for goals to keep their Europa League hopes alive. Still, Bayern had the better of possession and the better scoring chances.

Minutes after he smashed the crossbar, Robben found Arturo Vidal at the top of the penalty area. With the defense collapsing around him, Vidal’s quick shot beat Schwolow and hit the back of the net to make it 2-0.

However, as quickly as Bayern scored, they conceded. Former Bayern player Nils Petersen scored on a quick counter to put Freiburg right back into the game.

Then, as the time ticked off the clock the substitutions came. First, Alonso left the field to a standing ovation. Then, the tears flowed and Lahm left the field for the final time.

Franck Ribery and Joshua Kimmich would score the third and fourth goals for Bayern, but the crowd was already partially checked out. There were too many emotions from dealing with the retirements and the championship.

It’s now time to celebrate a fifth straight Bundesliga title and the careers of Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso, and Tom Starke.