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Four observations from Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw with SC Freiburg

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In one of the last matches of the year, FC Bayern played to an exciting drawvs SC Freiburg. Here are the observations from that match.

Sport-Club Freiburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
Robert Lewandowski ties Gerd Müller’s Bundesliga record of 40 goals in a single season
Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Welcome to Bob’s world

26’. 11 Meters. Lewandowski approaches and Lewandowski puts it into the back of the net. There it is, 40 goals. FC Bayern Munich legend to FC Bayern Munich legend. Nothing I can say will match the absurdity of this record, so I’m going to let the tweets do the job.

SC Freiburg’s fast and furious

Yeah, the Meisterschale is done and secure so essentially Bayern has nothing to play for except pride. But, for SC Freiburg that doesn't matter. Given the critique of the penalty given was soft (I’m inclined to agree), Freiburg equalized shortly there after and looked every bit the part of a squad that has improved as the season has gone on. Grifo, especially, has been nothing short of a powerhouse for Freiburg by dictating the play from his advanced position.

During the 81st minute, Freiburg equalized it at 2-2 shortly after Lewandowski missed two legitimate sitters. It was a heck of a game, and Freiburg came to play.

Oh, special shout out to Freiburg’s keeper Mark Flekken. He did everything in his power to prevent Lewandowski from scoring two. He is Freiburg’s MOTM in my eyes.

All aboard the practice train

I swear, sometimes these games are the most fun yet equally infuriating. It was clear from the onset of the second half that this is nothing more than a glorified practice match. Bayern were essentially toying with SC Freiburg and doing everything within their power to get Robert Lewandowski his record-breaking 41st goal. It did create an amusing 3 minute period where Sané shot on goal to simply miss, only to have Gnabry slide in to score. To only have that shortly taken off due to an offside. Immediately thereafter, Müller whips a ball into the box to have Sané slide in at almost the exact same spot to actually score sans the offsides.

It did also mean a lot of substitutions and spot appearances, with the most important of them being the reintroduction of CoCo Tolisso after an extended injury.

Uh, what?

So, um. Bob. What happened in the 76’ minute? Did Gerd Müller just imbue a spell that means you’re now going to miss wide open nets so you don't actually break his record?