Runaway league leaders Bayern Munich extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings with a 4-0 rout of Freiburg at Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Bayern Munich took the lead via an Alexander Schwolow own goal before a sensational Corentin Tolisso strike doubled their advantage. A further two goals from Sandro Wagner and Thomas Muller capped off an impressive showing from Die Roten.
The win at Freiburg took them to a tally of 63 points, with nearest rivals Schalke a massive 20 points behind. Die Roten are unbeaten in the league since November, including ten consecutive wins before last week’s goalless draw with Hertha Berlin.
Speaking after the match, Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes lavished praise on his side. The 72-year-old said: “The boys were flawless today. Not only were we confident on the ball, but we were tactically very good too. I have challenged the players to leave everything out there in the Bundesliga.”
The champions-elect displayed their quality in seeing off Freiburg who remain at 25 points, just four off the relegation places. Bayern Munich’s reported interest in current Freiburg boss Christian Streich taking over from Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season certainly didn’t help the hosts’ build-up into the match. The Schwarzwald-Stadion support encouraged Freiburg early in the game but Bayern eventually took over en route to another routine win.
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Freiburg start on the front foot
Freiburg almost gifted Bayern the lead when Caglar Soyuncu directed a David Alaba cross just wide of his own goal but nonetheless, the hosts made a bright start. They passed the ball around with urgency and forced Bayern to put extra effort in defending early in the game.
While Bayern took the first effort on goal through Corentin Tolisso, the hosts came up with the first genuine chance of the match. Freiburg looked certain to take the lead when a threaded ball sent Lucas Holer on a clear path towards goal. However, Sven Ulreich made himself big, deflecting the ball just wide of his left-hand post to keep things level.
Shortly after Pascal Stenzel sent a dismal half-volley into the stands, Bayern took over with Thiago Alcantara in scintillating form. The Spaniard turned the style on from the middle of the park and commenced the bombardment of Freiburg’s goal, forcing Schwolow into a diving save with a low strike.
Bayern break deadlock in awkward fashion
The visitors then quickly turned their domination into a goal albeit in less elegant circumstances. Mats Hummels picked out Muller’s run into the box and the forward’s first cutback failed to beat Soyuncu. The rebound fell back to him however, and his second pullback deflected off Schwolow and into the back of the net.
Freiburg did not have any time to recover as Tolisso doubled Bayern’s lead shortly after. The Frenchman found acres of space in the centre and unleashed an astonishing strike into the top corner. Schwolow, or any other keeper, simply had no chance to stop the midfielder’s long-range screamer.
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Thiago almost made it three for Bayern when he hit the post following his first-time effort from just outside the box. Following Bayern’s dominance, Freiburg managed to stabilise right up to halftime. However, the Bavarians immediately hit the ground running after the break. While Freiburg strived to keep the game competitive, they struggled to match Bayern’s tenacity and class in possession.
Muller’s impressive showing on the right flank
Playing at the right wing, Muller whipped in dangerous crosses into the area that Freiburg struggled to deal with. Wagner, filling in for Robert Lewandowski, was first to capitalise on Muller’s superb balls. The big centreforward first steered a Muller cross just wide of the bottom corner before bundling home Bayern’s third.
Muller picked out Juan Bernat with a high ball that Philipp Lienhart misjudged, allowing the Spaniard free reign inside the box. While the Spaniard only had the keeper to beat, he was coming in from a tight angle. He took his time before pulling it back to the arriving Muller in the box. The forward stretched to strike the ball, which then fell to Wagner who trickled it home.
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More chances fell to Bayern who now proceeded to give the match the feel of a training ground exercise. Bernat launched a wayward strike following a scramble in the area before Muller picked out the Spaniard again at the far post. But the fullback, pushed forward in the left midfield for the match, headed another effort wide despite being unmarked in the area.
Joshua Kimmich then set Muller up to take Die Roten up to four goals without reply. After an outstanding performance down the right wing, Muller finally got his name on the scoresheet. The German forward pounced on Kimmich’s low corner in the near post and fired past Schwolow and into the roof of the net. The goal took Muller’s Bundesliga tally to 102 goals for Bayern Munich, drawing level with Dieter Hoeness in fourth at the all-time top-scorers list.