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Bayern Munich 2-1 SC Freiburg: Initial reactions and observations

Bayern Munich just barely squeeze past Freiburg in a tight game between two great teams.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • Bayern Munich deserved the win, but missing out on the clean sheet is really painful. You have to feel bad for Manuel Neuer, who made some superb plays (not just saves, mind you) throughout the game.
  • Robert Lewandowski continues his scoring streak against SC Freiburg. Give this man his Ballon d’Or.
  • Referee Sascha Stegemann was awful, he allowed Freiburg’s players (especially Schlotterbeck) to foul without consequences. That made the game especially difficult for the Bayern players.

Full time: Bayern win 2-1.


90’ + 3’ — Goal. Haberer gets back one for Freiburg. No clean sheet today.


75’ — GOAL! Lewandowski makes it 2-0! He makes it look so easy.


70’ — Subs: Musiala and Tolisso on for Muller and Gnabry.


65’ — Subs: Gnabry comes on for Kingsley Coman.


55’ — Goretzka hits the post! Muller denied a second assist.


45’ — Second half kicks off! Can Bayern hang onto this lead?


Halftime observations and analysis

  • Not many goals in the first half for Bayern Munich today, as Freiburg’s high press have stifled Nagelsmann’s men. There have been numerous close calls at both ends, but 1-0 pretty much reflects the state of the game at the moment. This scoreline won’t hold for sure.
  • Dayot Upamecano has looked extremely solid in this half, which is good to see after recent performances. Hope he can keep it up for the rest of the match.
  • Pressing and physical teams remain a nightmare for Bayern Munich. If Nagelsmann wants to go far in the Champions League, he’ll have to fix that.

Halftime: Bayern Munich lead 1-0.


29’ — GOAL! Leon Goretzka finally makes the breakthrough. Thomas Muller with another assist.


Kickoff: We’re underway in Munich!


One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Looks like Niklas Sule is returning to the right-back spot while Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane start on the wings. Sad to see no Musiala in the XI. Still, this is a good lineup and Bayern should be able to take all three points.


Bayern Munich haven’t had a flawless start to the season so far, but Julian Nagelsmann has his team looking really good so far. Aside from random Trapp shenanigans versus Frankfurt and the annual choke against BMG, Bayern have swept aside all comers, notching up an impressive tally of goals in the process. Now, it’s only a question of what weaknesses this team has left.

If there’s any team left in the Bundesliga who can expose Bayern Munich right now, it would be Freiburg. Christian Streich has got his side off to an excellent start in the league this year, managing to make it all the way to the Bayern fixture without a single loss. Now, to keep that record going, he would have to triumph over the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, and co. For Nagelsmann, the job is very simple — he cannot let that happen.

It’s Bayern time.


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Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 3:30 pm local time, 10:30 am EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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