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Freiburg 1-3 Bayern Munich: Initial reactions and observations

2 stoppage time goals save the day for Bayern Munich

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Initial Observations

  • Well that was wild. Bayern fell off steeply after their opening goal, and Freiburg very deservedly had it 1-1 deep into stoppage time. Bayern absolutely had it taken to them in the last half of the 2nd period.
  • The lack of midfield personnel was pretty stark this match. Freiburg consistently put pressure on Bayern and held way too much of the possession. Injuries are really taking their toll.
  • By all rights the Bavarians had no right to this victory, but Zirkzee was the super sub in the 90’. Scoring just over 1 minute later off a Gnabry ball in to give them the desperately needed 3 points.
  • Amazing run and assist for Davies to Lewandowski’s goal, but that was about the only moment of note until the stoppage time brace. Gnabry was very quiet until his clean up goal.

Final Whistle WOW!



90’ Thiago yellow card. Free kick Freiburg. 4’ added. Couts off for Zirkzee

89’ Bayern can't gain possession to save their lives.

86’ Freiburg almost with a late game winner

84’ Bayern trying to build up.

78’ Gnabry goal called off for an offsides by Lewandowski.

77’ Another shot by Freiburg. Just wide of net.

76’ Freiburg sub

74’ Neuer save. Bayern counter results in Perisic cross saved by keeper. Lack of midfield is showing.

71’ Another great set up for Freiburg. Snuffed out at last second by Bayern.

68’ Pass in by Kimmich, Lewy fighting for ball and gets yellow card for yelling at referee. Bayern showing a lot of frustration.

67’ Freiburg chances. This one is going to be a wild end folks.

65’ Great save. Shot by Perisic.

62’ Substitution, Javi on Muller off.

61’ Another great chance for Freiburg. Bayern under a lot of pressure. And another shot!

59’ Goal Freiburg. 1-1. Neuer couldn't save half volley after Freiburg had way too much space.

57’ Bayern under pressure. cleared out.

56’ Muller nice pass into the box cleared by Freiburg. Looked promising.

54’ Substitution Freiburg.

52’ Muller shot over the net, after a bad pass by Perisic. That buildup had potential.

50’ Muller booked for a tackle. Yellow card.

48’ Serge with a great 1v1 look and can't get the shot on target.

45’ 2nd half underway

Halftime Observations

  • Bayern created many chances, but only have the lone goal courtesy of Davies assist to Lewandowski’s poking strike. Davies went on a lightening fast break the entire length of the pitch.
  • After the Bayern goal things opened up and there were many counters back and forth. Freiburg created some good chances and put Neuer to the test.
  • Hopefully the defense can shore up at half and the offense can convert more of these opportunities.


45’ Gnabry ball into Perisic into the box, Perisic mishit.

44’ Coutinho shot! Powerful low strike saved by keeper.

42’ Bayern corner. Couts ball out of play.

41’ Freiburg creating more chances. Another Neuer save.

39’ Gnabry shot! Block retaken by Coutinho, just missed!

37’ Counter by Freiburg, nice volley attempt goes over the net. Been pretty wide open since the Bayern goal.

36’ Couts ball into Lewy in the box, took too many touches and lost it. Should have just taken the shot.

31’ Freiburg attack ripped open Bayern. 1v1 on goal and big Neuer save.

28’ Gnabry and Perisic swapping sides. Attack brings another shot on goal, saved by keeper.

21’ Muller feeds Lewy who takes a great shot, deflected just wide.

18’ Dust up with Lewy and a couple Freiburg defenders. Nobody pulls the Stormtank.

16’ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL. Lewandowski!!!! Amazing build up run from Davies.

13’ Counter by Freiburg, over the net.

11’ Great stuff by Davies and Perisic.

9’ Free kick taken by Kimmich. Cleared.

7’ Kimmich corner nearly headed in by Pavard. Good save by keeper.

6’ Perisic keeps making dangerous crosses in the box.

2’ Soooo close for Coutinho. Great ball by Alaba, Phil tried to slow chip the keeper and cleared by defense.

1’ Kickoff!

One hour until kickoff: Lineups are out! We have a front five of Coutinho, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski, and Gnabry. Hansi’s gone for all out attack!

As the winter break approaches, Bayern Munich face one of the last big hurdles of the Hinrunde — Christian Streich’s SC Freiburg.

Hansi Flick will be without the services of Corentin Tolisso and Leon Goretzka, in addition to the injured Kingsley Coman. In his press conference, the coach mentioned that he may be ready to start Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Muller together in attack, which would make a formidable combo with Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.

Midfield composition will be interesting, given all the injuries — will Flick opt to put Joshua Kimmich next to Thiago Alcantara, or move Kimmich to RB and put Javi Martinez at DM? Or will he just go full hyper-offense and start a 4-1-4-1 with 5 attackers and Thiago as the lone pivot? Whatever he chooses, it needs to work, because Bayern have a chance to make up ground on Leipzig and Gladbach.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Schwarzwald-Stadion, Freiburg, Germany

Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm EST

TV/streaming:, Find Your Country

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