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February 15, 2014
• 9:30 AM
• Allianz Arena, München
Referee: G. Winkmann
• Attendance: 71000
X. Shaqiri 34', 41'
C. Pizarro 88'
Hamburg's failure to beat Eintracht Braunschweig means that Freiburg remain a point above the relegation zone although that could change if Nurnberg get a result at Augsburg tomorrow. As for Bayern, they storm 16 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga and now switch their attentions to European action when they take on Arsenal on Wednesday. Thanks for joining me, Max Bentley, on this live commentary. Until next time, goodbye.
Christian Streich will not be too unhappy with his side's performance and he has a word with the referee after the final whistle goes. The visitors had a goal wrongfully disallowed in the first half and did look threatening in patches.
FT: Bayern Munich 4-0 Freiburg. Pep Guardiola's side extend their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 46 games thanks to goals from Dante, Xherdan Shaqiri (2) and Claudio Pizarro. Having rested a number of first-team players for the match, Guardiola will be delighted with that result, even if it was a little flattering.
Is there any stopping Bayern? The German champions extend their lead at the top of the table to 16 points and continue their 100% home record. Freiburg deserve credit for their performance however and they are unlucky not to have got on the scoresheet.
Assist Mario Götze
Goal Claudio Pizarro
PIZARRO MAKES IT 4-0! The Peruvian notches his fourth league goal of the season as he collects Gotze's pass out wide on the left before cutting inside two Freiburg defenders and bending a right-footed shot beyond Baumann and into the bottom corner. Another vintage performance from Guardiola's Bavarians.
Freiburg are determined to get on the scoresheet but Schuster's long-range effort flashes narrowly wide of the top left-hand corner.
MARTINEZ MISSES A SITTER! The Spaniard has been pushed forward since Van Buyten's introduction and he breaks the offside trap superbly. However, with all the time in the world to pick his spot, he can only fire the ball straight into the side netting.
Yellow Card Dante
Dante picks up a late caution after a mistimed challenge on Guede. That is perhaps the only thing he has done wrong all afternoon.
Bayern are closing in on their 46th unbeaten Bundesliga match now. They will be only three games off equalling Arsenal's Premier League record.
Final substitution for Freiburg as Slovakian Karim Guede replaces Mehmedi. The on-loan Dynamo Kyiv forward will be disappointed that his first-half strike was ruled out for offside.
Mario Gotze produces a jinking run to dance past several Freiburg shirts but he cannot provide the finish to match as Fernandes gets back to block his shot on goal.
Daniel Van Buyten
Final change for Bayern as Robben is handed a rest, with Van Buyten coming on to replace him. The Belgian is now the oldest player on the field.
GOOD SAVE FROM BAUMANN! The 23-year-old has not made too many saves today but he shows good reflexes here to dive down low to his right and turn Pizarro's effort around the post.
Freiburg are the team doing the pressing at the moment but Dante continues to be a rock in the heart of the Bayern defence as he intercepts Schuster's raking pass. It seems that it will be four away games without a goal for Streich's side.
Freiburg nearly get in on goal once again when Kerk looks to clip a ball over the Bayern defence but Martinez stretches out a long boot and manages to get enough on the ball to prevent Mehmedi from advancing on goal.
You have to credit this Freiburg side as they are determined to come forward and reduce the deficit. A much improved second-half performance from the visitors.
Freiburg make their second change of the match as club captain Julian Schuster comes on to replace Bayern transfer target Matthias Ginter.
SO CLOSE FOR KERK! Bayern breathe a huge sigh of relief as Kerk is played clean through on the right-hand side. With Contento nowhere in sight, the youngster bursts towards goal before his low shot creeps agonisingly past the post. That should have been 3-1!
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Kroos joins Martinez in the referee's notebook after he brings down Hohn near the halfway line. He can have no complaints about that one.
Gelson Fernandes has looked off the pace for Freiburg today and Kroos skips beyond him with ease before fizzing a shot narrowly past the top left-hand corner.
Darida seems determined to get his name on the scoresheet here and he once again ignores the calls of his teammates as he cuts in from the left before sending a low shot into the side netting.
With Guardiola's attention switching to the match against Arsenal, Mario Gotze comes on to replace Philipp Lahm. Another solid display from the Bayern skipper.
Freiburg have a chance to pull one back but Darida fails to spot the run of Mehmedi and his shot goes high over the crossbar.
Freiburg respond with a change of their own as Sebastian Kerk replaces Felix Klaus.
The Allianz faithful give a standing ovation to Shaqiri as he departs the field and there is an even louder cheer for Schweinsteiger as he comes on to make his long-awaited comeback from injury.
IT SHOULD BE 4-0! Bayern enjoy a wonderful spell of possession which culminates in Rafinha picking out Contento superbly at the back post. However, the stand-in left-back cannot divert his header on target and the ball flashes over the crossbar.
Bastian Schweinsteiger receives a warm round of applause from the Allianz faithful as he undergoes a heavy warm-up. The Germany international has been out for the last three months with an ankle problem.
Bayern are having lots of joy down the wings and Shaqiri escapes the surveillance of Sorg once again. The Swiss wideman clips a low cross towards the near post but Pizarro's flick is well blocked by Baumann.
Bayern have stepped it up again here and Muller goes desperately close to adding his name to the scoresheet. The Germany international controls Pizarro's low cross at the front post and he shuffles the ball beyond Hohn before stabbing a right-footed effort over the bar.
SO CLOSE TO 4-0! Shaqiri whips in a superb corner from the left and Robben ghosts beyond Fernandes to meet it, but his bullet header flashes over the bar.
Bayern have made a slow start to the second half and it is Freiburg who are on the front foot. The handbrake seems very much on for Pep Guardiola's side as they start to look ahead to the Champions League match against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Yellow Card Javi Martínez
Javi Martinez picks up Bayern's first booking of the game after he brings down Klaus outside the box. Schmid delivers the ball into the box but Martinez is there to head the ball to safety.
The teams re-emerge from the tunnel and Freiburg get the second half underway. I guess it is a case of damaged limitation for Christian Streich's side now. There have been no substitutions at the break.
HT: Bayern 3-0 Freiburg. A Shaqiri double and Dante header give Pep Guardiola's side a commanding lead at the break.
Bayern continue to exploit Freiburg's high defensive line but the visitors breathe a huge sigh of relief as Kroos is adjudged of handling the ball after breaking the offside trap. Streich has got to change his tactics in the second half or this could turn into a cricket score.
The ball is in the net but it won't count! Freiburg will feel extremely aggrieved by that decision after Mehmedi volleys Schmid's cross into the net. However, the linesman has his flag wrongfully raised for offside and the goal is disallowed. Streich is not happy with that decision.
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal Xherdan Shaqiri
SHAQIRI MAKES IT 3-0! It's all too simple for Bayern as they exploit Freiburg's high defensive line with ease. Kroos races to the byline before pulling the ball back for Shaqiri and his shot takes a slight deflection off Muller before nestling in the back of the net. Game over.
Dante has enjoyed a solid game in the heart of the Bayern defence so far and Mehmedi will have to conjure up something special to breach Neuer's goal. Christian Streich will be hoping to get to the half-time whistle here.
SO CLOSE TO 3-0! Robben looks hungry for a goal this afternoon and he dances his way past several Freiburg shirts but having done all the hard work, he leans back and slices a right-footed shot wildly over the bar. That would have been one of the finest goals of the season if that had gone in.
The scoreline does flatter Bayern a little here as they have only had two decent efforts on target, both of which have found the net. Christian Streich will feel his side should have defended that second goal better.
Goal Xherdan Shaqiri
SHAQIRI MAKES IT 2-0! Pizarro springs to life as his deft backheel picks out Shaqiri's burst from midfield. The Swiss winger thinks he has lost the ball when Hohn tackles him but it spins kindly back into his path and he fires a shot beyond Baumann, with help from a deflection off Sorg.
Robben looks to open up the Freiburg defence as he embarks on a mazy run infield from the right. However, Muller cannot divert his pass into Pizarro's path and another opportunity breaks down.
Christian Gunter is having a particularly difficult game for Freiburg down the left and Bayern will be looking to expose that weakness with Robben's pace. Muller has been surprisingly quiet in this opening half hour and Pep Guardiola may feel a bit concerned at how little his side have tested Baumann.
STAT: Freiburg have not scored a goal in their last three away games.
Claudio Pizarro is looking to impress on a rare start up front and he tries to dance his way through the Freiburg defence but is eventually shrugged off the ball by Kohn. The Peruvian striker has had a fairly quiet start here.
Robben is causing all sorts of problems down the right and he plays a cheeky nutmeg through Klaus' legs but Rafinha can only blaze his effort over the bar. Rafinha, of course, has been recalled to the Brazilian side for the friendly against South Africa. A well-deserved inclusion, I feel.
Ex-Manchester City midfielder Fernandes looks to exploit Bayern's high defensive line with a ball over the top. However, Neuer is alert to the danger and races out of his goal to deny Mehmedi.
Freiburg look to strike back immediately however and Schmid takes on Contento down the right before his shot fizzes wide of the near post. Christian Streich will be satisfied with how his side have started here despite falling behind.
Assist Diego Contento
BAYERN TAKE THE LEAD! It's an unlikely scorer who has got it as Dante wheels away with his arms in the air. The Brazilian defender gets ahead of his marker to meet Contento's cross, sending a glancing header beyond Baumann's outstretched glove and into the net for his second goal of the season.
Yellow Card Christian Günter
Gunter picks up the first booking of the game when he hauls Robben to the floor after the Dutchman had taken Kroos' wonderfully-weighted pass into his stride. This is a good chance for Bayern to get the ball into the box.
Freiburg are chasing down every Bayern pass here and Dante does well under pressure to prevent Darida from nipping through on goal. Pep Guardiola seems a little concerned by his side's start and is up from the bench.
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR FREIBURG! The visitors are growing in confidence here and Ginter holds his head in his hands as his fierce goalbound strike is deflected over the bar for a corner. Can they take a surprise lead here?
CHANCE FOR FREIBURG! Martinez gives away a free kick in a dangerous area when he brings down Mehmedi. However, Schmid's free kick deflects off the Bayern wall and goes out for a throw.
Kroos controls a long pass from the back expertly and he tees up Contento on the edge of the box. However, the left-back wastefully overhits his cross and the ball goes out for a goal kick. Freiburg are defending a high line here, they will need to be careful against the pace of Robben and Shaqiri.
Freiburg are not afraid to come forward themselves however and Ginter unleashes a pot shot from range which flashes wide of the target.
WONDERFUL PLAY FROM SHAQIRI! The Swiss playmaker produces a splendid turn to collect Kroos' pass and spin away from two Freiburg defenders but his shot is well blocked by Hohn. Oliver Baumann is yet to be seriously tested in the Freiburg net.
Bayern are looking to exploit Freiburg's left side in the early stages here but Martinez's ball over the top for Robben is too heavy and it runs out for a goal kick. Martinez is once again playing in a central defensive role today despite his holding midfield preference.
Bayern have started strongly here despite a number of changes to the side which thrashed Hamburg in the DFB-Pokal in midweek. Shaqiri looks to escape down the right wing but Gunter gets his foot in to make a crucial interception.
Christian Streich has promised not to sit back and defend against Bayern today. That's a dangerous tactic for the visitors as they have not beaten the German champions in their last 23 attempts.
The referee blows his whistle and Bayern get the game underway. Can they make it 46 Bundesliga matches unbeaten?
The teams emerge from the tunnel with captains Philipp Lahm and Oliver Baumann leading the respective teams onto the pristine playing surface. Bayern are in their traditional red jerseys with Freiburg in their alternative white strip.
Bayern come into this game on the back of 12 consecutive league victories, and currently hold a dominant 13-point advantage at the top from nearest challengers Bayer Leverkusen. Can they extend their 100% home record at the Allianz Arena? Kick-off is five minutes away.
FREIBURG (4-2-3-1): Baumann; Sorg, Hohn, Krmas, Gunter; Ginter, Fernandes; Schmid, Klaus, Darida; Mehmedi.
BAYERN (4-3-3): Neuer; Rafinha, Dante, Javi Martinez, Contento; Lahm, Kroos, Shaqiri; Robben, Muller, Pizarro.
FREIBURG TEAM NEWS: Christian Streich makes one change to the side which earned a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim last weekend as 20-year-old Christian Gunter comes in for Mensur Mujdza. On-loan Wolfsburg midfielder Pilar Vaclav remains on the sidelines with a tendon injury while the game comes too soon for Vegar Eggen Hedenstad and Sebastian Freis.
BAYERN TEAM NEWS: Pep Guardiola makes five changes to the side which thumped Hamburg 5-0 in the DFB-Pokal in midweek as Javi Martinez, Diego Contento, Xherdan Shaqiri, Thomas Muller and Claudio Pizarro are recalled to the starting line-up. Mario Mandzukic is suspended while Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Thiago and Mario Gotze are rested ahead of the Champions League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday. Bastian Schweinsteiger will have to wait a little longer to make his highly-anticipated comeback while Franck Ribery is set for a spell on the sidelines after buttock surgery.
However, the statistics do not bode well for Freiburg as they have the second least potent attack in the division, scoring just 20 goals from their opening 20 Bundesliga matches. You would be a brave man to bet on them adding to that tally this afternoon as they face a Bayern side who have conceded just nine league goals all season.
However, Freiburg will be encouraged by the fact that they are one of only two sides to have picked up a point against the European champions in the Bundesliga this season when Nicolas Hofler's late strike cancelled out Xherdan Shaqiri's effort back in the 1-1 draw at the end of August.
Bayern Munich look to continue their seemingly relentless march to the Bundesliga title with victory against strugglers Freiburg this afternoon. It is a mammoth task for Christian Streich's side who have won just four times all season while Pep Guardiola's men have gone a record 45 matches without defeat in the league, a run that stretches back to a 2-1 reverse to Bayer Leverkusen in October 2012.
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