Bayern Munich 2-1 Freiburg: Muller helps Bavarians bounce back

Bayern Munich 2-1 Freiburg: Thomas Muller fires winner as Bavarians survive scare to bounce back from league and cup woes to stretch lead at top of the Bundesliga to four points

  • Robert Lewandowksi fired Bayern Munich ahead after just seven minutes 
  • The goal was smartly finished after a deft assist by Thomas Muller in build-up 
  • Bavarians missed chances before Nils Petersen equalised for Freiburg after hour
  • They looked to be heading for more dropped points but Muller fired in late on

Thomas Muller scored a second-half winner as Bayern Munich put their shock league and cup defeats behind them in a 2-1 victory over Freiburg.

The victory, which Hansi Flick’s side made hard work of, sees Bayern stretch their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to four points after RB Leipzig were held to a 2-2 draw by Wolfsburg on Saturday.

The Bavarian giants were desperate to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach last time in the Bundesliga before they were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal by second tier side Holstein Kiel in the week.

Thomas Muller scored a second-half winner as Bayern Munich beat Freiburg 2-1 at Allianz

The German giants bounced back from defeats in the league and cup but made hard work of it

And they were ahead just seven minutes in as Thomas Muller’s delightfully deft assist fed Robert Lewandowski to turn the finish home at a snowy Allianz.

A period of dominant Bayern possession followed in the first half but they were restricted to very few chances by the organised Freiburg.

The away side, who were looking to cement their place in the top half, did force Manuel Neuer into a save as Roland Sallai arrived into the box and fired towards the bottom right corner which the goalkeeper tipped round.

Robert Lewandowski had put Bayern ahead after just seven minutes with a smart finish

The prolific Pole gave Bayern the perfect start after Muller’s delightfully deft assist

Serge Gnabry was forced off the field in first half through injury and replaced by Leroy Sane

Freiburg punished Bayern for missed chances as Nils Petersen equalised just after the hour


Bayern XI (4-2-3-1): Neuer, Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Kimmich (Tolisso, 76′), Goretzka (Martinez, 87′), Gnabry (Sane, 28′), Muller (Chupo-Moting, 87′) Coman (Musiala 76′), Lewandowski 

Subs not used: Nubel, Sule, Hernandez, Roca

Goals: Lewandowski (7′), Muller (74′)

Booked: Chupo-Moting (90′)

Freiburg XI (3-4-3): Muller, Lienhart, Schlotterbeck, Gulde, Kubler (Tempelmann, 61′), Santamaria (Abrashi 5′ (Haberer, 55′)), Hofler, Gunter, Sallai (Holer, 62′), Derimovic (Petersen, 61′), Grifo 

Subs not used: Uphoff, Til, Heintz, Jeong

Goals: Petersen (62′)

Booked: Hofler (9′), Sallai (46′)

Serge Gnabry forced opposite goalkeeper Florian Muller into action himself as his deflected strike was instinctively saved, before the former Arsenal winger was forced off due to injury and replaced by Leroy Sane.

Bayern continued their dominance after the break and were left wondering how Lewandowski didn’t put them 2-0 up after his close-range follow-up shot rattled the bar after keeper Muller had saved from Leon Goretzka.

Moments later the home side were punished for their missed chances, as Nils Petersen came off the bench to score with his first touch after it was helped on from a corner.

The goal saw Freiburg apply the pressure and it looked for a while that we could see a repeat of Bayern’s recent troubles, but Muller latched onto the ball in the box to clinically finish past his namesake.

They could have had the game wrapped up soon after as Lewandowski tried to fire home from a tight angle but he dragged his shot wide of the post. 

Sane, who has largely disappointed since joining from Manchester City, threatened to show his form of old after a mazy run before his shot was blocked. 

And Freiburg nearly punished them again in the dying embers as Petersen fired a strike against the crossbar in acres of space before a follow-up shot was dragged wide. 

Muller reacted fastest to a loose ball to clinically finish in the 74th minute to secure victory

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