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April 27, 2013
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: C. Dingert
• Attendance: 71000
E. Can 35'
Well that's it from me for now, but be sure to stick with Goal.com for all the post-match news and analysis. My name is Tom Webber and it has been a pleasure to guide you through this afternoon's game.
FULL TIME - Bayern 1-0 Freiburg: Not the Bavarians' most emphatic of victories but Jupp Heynckes will be pleased that his second string managed to secure all the points. That is another record broken by die Roten, who can now begin their preparations for a trip to Camp Nou in midweek.
90' + 3'
There is the final whistle! Bayern set a new record points tally in the Bundesliga with 84 points.
90' + 3'
A female fan manages to make her way onto the field of play in the closing stages but is chased down by stewards and tackled to the ground. A bit rough perhaps, but looks like we will have a bit more time added on than planned.
90' + 2'
Ribery, Gomez and Shaqiri combine brilliantly but the Frenchman stumbles as he attempts to get a shot away.
90' + 1'
We are into the first minute of an additional two at the Allianz Arena.
The corner is fired in at the near post but Bayern deal with it comfortably and clear the ball away. They counter at pace with Ribery playing in Shaqiri, but the Swiss stalls after taking the ball too wide around Baumann and can only win a corner.
Schmid wins a late free kick for Freiburg here. Can they make anything of it?
GOMEZ GOES CLOSE AGAIN!! Once more it is the two substitutes who combine, with Ribery playing a pass down the channel for the striker. He takes a touch to knock it around Baumann but from an acute angle on the left, he can only steer the ball into the side netting.
SO CLOSE!! Ribery races to the byeline on the left and sends a low cross into the box for Gomez. The striker slides to make a connection with the ball but can only direct it narrowly wide of the target. That is two the Germany international could have had now!
A brilliant throw from Starke takes Bayern from defending a corner to an almost one-on-one position with Ribery attacking down the left. Mujdza tracks it well though and times a challenge superbly to send the ball out for a throw in.
The visitors do well to win the ball inside the Bayern half and get men over on the Bavarians. Makiadi sens a poor pass to Caligiuri, though, and his shot ends up sailing miles over the bar.
Freiburg try to press higher up the pitch in an attempt to squeze possession away from the hosts, but Diagne goes straight through the back of Pizarro and concedes a needless free kick.
Bayern will be desperate not to concede a late goal, and will surely want to add to the scoreline in the closing stages. With Ribery and Gomez on the pitch now they certainly have the potential to do that now.
STARKE IS LUCKY!! The keeper comes out to claim a Freiburg corner but makes a complete hash of it. He fails to connect with the ball and it falls at the feet of Caligiuri for what looks like a certain goal, but the midfielder's shot is sent straight at the keeper as he gets up from the floor.
HOW HAS HE MISSED!! Gomez has only been on the second for a matter of seconds but almost immediately gets himself into a position to score. Fellow-substitute Ribery supplies the cross from the left but the German striker fails to divert the ball into the back of an open net.
After another decent break down the right, Caligiuri gambles and manages to get his head on the ball. However, he fails to generate enough power to test Starke and sends it straight down the middle.
Schmid gets a rare chance to stretch his legs down the right flank but his cross into the area is headed away by Van Buyten. Not a difficult one for the veteran to deal with really.
Luiz Gustavo has been solid in midfield for the hosts this afternoon. He breaks apart the play once more and seems to have perfected the art of committing fouls without picking up a booking. For the large part, though, his tackles have been well-judged.
Yellow Card Daniel Caligiuri
Bayern have had an astonishing 72 per cent possession this afternoon. In those terms they have completely dominated, but in all truth Baumann has had a fairly quiet afternoon. But the Bavarians look more than capable of adding to their tally if they wish.
Shaqiri fails to match his delivery which assisted the opening goal as a free kick, which he won himself, is headed away by the Freiburg defence. Contento seizes the loose ball but thrashes a wild shot high behind the goal.
Pizarro has had a very good game in behind the Croatian today. His passing has been of the highest order, while he has also proved a danger when carrying the ball at his feet. His return to Bavaria this season has certainly been a happy one.
Tymoshchuk breaks apart a rare attack from the visitors and moves the ball on quickly. A long ball up field from Pizarro is latched onto by Mandzukic. As he slows the play and gets his head up he has minimal support and can only finds a white shirt.
Heynckes side a cruising here. Freiburg have offered very little resistance since the restart, leaving Starke very isolated down that half of the field!
OFF THE BAR!! Pizarro releases Mandzukic with a fantastic pass and as the striker spots Baumann coming off his line he attempts to chip the ball over him. The stretching keeper is nowhere near it but the effort drops on top of the crossbar before bouncing behind.
JUST WIDE!! Shaqiri picks up a loose ball 25 yards from goal and pulls away from Ginter with a delightful turn. He subsequently looks to bend the ball inside the post but watches as his effort flies around the outside of the frame.
Bayern have perhaps been guilty of being a bit too direct and narrow so far. Shaqiri is the only player consistently offering an outlet on the wings with the ability to take on defenders. Their passes through the middle are, more often than not, being blocked by white shirts.
Pizarro has really impressed so far today and he does well to shift the ball onto his right foot after coming inside from the left. He thumps a shot at goal but fails to worry Baumann as the sheer number of bodies in the area stop it from testing him.
If the hosts can maintain their clean sheet until the final whistle they will be one step closer to having conceded the fewest goals in a Bundesliga season. The record stands at 21 goals, with Bayern having let in just 14 so far.
BAYERN GO CLOSE!! Can brings the ball in from the left and lashes a left-footed shot at Baumann's goal. His attempt flies straight down the middle but the power on it means the keeper cannot hold it. As any good striker does, Manduzkic follows up but sees the ball cleared away before he can get a touch.
There looks to be no difference in the momentum of the game from the opening couple of minutes. Bayern are dominating possession and keeping Freiburg on the back foot.
Yellow Card Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
The first card of the afternoon has been issued and it goes to Tymoshchuk with little over 30 second-half seconds having been played. The Ukrainian's late challenge on Makiadi certainly earned him a deserved place in the referee's book.
The second half has begun!
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. We are just a few moments away from the restart and Bayern are 45 minutes from setting a new Bundesliga record for the most points accumulated in a season! Lets find out if they can do it.
HALF TIME - Bayern 1-0 Freiburg: The hosts have dominated position but have not really pushed themselves too hard so far. The visitors are having to settle for scraps of possession which they use quickly on the break. Still, Emre Can's goal gives Jupp Heynckes men a half-time lead. Join me for the second period in just over 10 minutes!
The referee offers no additional time at the end of the first half and blows his whistle to bring the period to a close.
Mandzukic has not looked likely to add to his 15 Bundesliga goals in the first half. His touch has not quite been at his best and now he mistimes a run and is called offside. He was looking all the way across the line there and should have judged it better.
Pizarro wins a free kick for Bayern in a similar place to that which led to the opening goal, but on the left flank this time. Shaqiri whips a deep cross to the back post where it narrowly evades both the Peruvian and Mandzukic.
Having got that goal, Bayern look happy to cruise into half time with that advantage. They are just knocking the ball around at the back, biding their time as they await an opening further up the field.
Stat: Freiburg have never won when facing the Bundesliga leaders, drawing three times and losing 11. Not a great record!
The Bavarians almost double their lead immediately with a lovely passing move inside the area. Contento's cutback is laid off for Luiz Gustavo by Mandzukic but the Brazilian curls a weak effort into the hands of the keeper.
Goal Emre Can
Goal Emre Can
The referee spots something he does not like in the box and orders the kick to be retaken!
Caligiuri puts in a clumsy challenge on Rafinha on the corner of the box and gives Bayern a great opportunity to test Baumann now. Shaqiri will be the man to take it...
WHAT A CHANCE!! A great ball over the top of the defence from Luiz Gustavo puts Contento through on goal. Clearly not used to such lofty positions, the left-back's attempt at a chip to the far post drops hopelessly far from goal and Mandzukic cannot divert it in from such an acute angle.
This is a good spell for the visitors, though Starke remains to be tested so far. In fact, Freiburg have not scored against the Bavarians since Papiss Cisse netted a penalty in March 2011.
End-to-end stuff now as Freiburg manage to go close now! A brilliant pass from Schmid picks out Kruse inside the box but his shot hits a red shirt. Flum picks up the loose ball but is unable to test Starke with a wayward effort from distance.
Tame effort from Can! The youngster manages to get a toe on a cross from the right flank but he cannot generate any power on the effort, which Baumann gathers with ease.
Christian Streich's men are starting to get a bit more comfortable and adventurous now. The Bayern defence fail to deal with a cross into the box properly and the loose ball is played into Schmid. He takes a touch before loosing an effort, but that allows Boateng time to get his body in the way of it.
A good counter from Freiburg sees Caligiuri played in inside the area. His first touch breaks fortunately but once again Luiz Gustavo is back there to intervene, blocking the cutback which hit the Freiburg midfielder before going behind.
What a waste! Pizarro is the man to take it and he strikes the ball straight into the wall with his right foot. He claims for a corner but the referee awards a goal kick to the visitors as the last touch actually came off of Van Buyten.
A lovely give-and-go between Can and Pizarro is stopped from being completed just outside the area as Ginter brings the former down. A free kick in a very dangerous area now for the hosts...
SHAQIRI HITS IT WIDE!! A super cross from the left by Pizarro finds the head of Mandzukic inside the area. The big Croatian knocks the ball down to Shaqiri at the top of the box who controls with his chest before lashing a volley at goal. But in his haste to get the effort away he did not let it drop enough and so sliced the shot harmlessly wide of the target.
Another one of those rare breaks from the visitors but Luiz Gustavo chases Kruse out onto the right and brings him down. the referee awards a free kick and rightly so as Bayern were looking a bit bare at the back then.
Pizarro drops off the front and picks up the ball before playing a brilliant pass in behind Diagne for Shaqiri. The Swiss cuts onto his left foot inside the area and looks to roll the ball across goal but a touch from Mujdza diverts it comfortably into the keeper's arms.
A quick throw from the keeper sees Freiburg get in behind the defence, but they have to slow the play and wait for support. The ball eventually gets worked to the feet of Kruse and he opts to shoot from distance, but he drags it well wide.
Sorg is going to have his work cut out for him today as Bayern look to tear forward down their right again. This time it is Shaqiri who dribbles past the left-back with great pace but sees his cross deflected behind for a corner, which the Swiss then takes. His delivery is good but as the ball drops there is no one to sweep it home at the near post.
A great run from Mandzukic sees him turn Sorg and pull away down the right flank. He cuts into the area and looks to pull the ball back for Pizarro but again Diagne is there and he blocks it from reaching the Peruvian.
Die Roten are dictating the tempo of the game and have just slowed the play a fraction in the last couple of moments. Still, Tymoshchuk looks to feed Mandzukic with a pass straight down the centre of the pitch but Diagne reads it well and intercepts the ball.
Freiburg are being hounded as soon as they manage to get a foot on the ball today. Bayern are clearly not resting on the laurels of their midweek Champions League win.
Luiz Gustavo is caught hesitating on the ball in midfield moments later and is swiftly closed down by Flum. The Freiburg man tries to launch a swift break down field but the Brazilian shows great determination to chase back and win possession for his side with a clean challenge.
The home crowd are in good voice as Bayern pen their opponents back in their own half. Luiz Gustavo tries to thread an ambitious pass from the back that would have split the defence but he puts a bit too much weight on it and Pizarro fails to reach it.
A good ball from Tymoshchuk releases Mandzukic down the right flank but the forward is closely watched by Sorg who prods the ball away from the Croatian and out for a corner.
A solid start from the hosts so far, as they predictably take hold of possession during the opening stages. There may be 10 changes in their side but every single player on the pitch will be eager to prove themselves today.
And we are underway at the Allianz Arena!
The teams are out on the pitch now so we are just a few moments away from kick off. Looks like a lovely day down in Bavaria!
When these two side's met at the Allianz Arena last season, die Roten ran riot and ended up 7-0 winners. If Bayern can score 13 goals in their remaining four league outings they will beat the Bundesliga record for goals scored by one club, which they set themselves back in 1972 with 101 strikes.
Look at that Bayern bench! Imagine coming up against them in a seven-a-side tournament. Maybe that is what they should start doing at half time. What do you guys think? Who else would you have in your Bundesliga mini-team? Let me know on Twitter @thwebber.
Subs: Schwolow, Hedenstad, Gunter, Guede, Jendrisek, Santini.
Freiburg (4-2-3-1): Baumann; Mujdza, Hohn, Diagne, Sorg; Ginter, Makiadi; Schmid, Flum, Caligiuri; Kruse.
Subs: Neuer, Dante, Alaba, Martinez, Ribery, Robben, Gomez.
Bayern (4-2-3-1): Starke; Rafinha, Van Buyten, Boateng, Contento; Tymoshchuk, Luiz Gustavo; Shaqiri, Pizarro, Can; Mandzukic.
As you were probably expecting there are a number of changes from the side that crushed Barcelona 4-0 midweek - 10 to be precise! But don't let that kill your interest as there are still some quality names starting this fixture. So, without further delay, here are the teams...
The Bavarians may have already wrapped up the league title, but they have still plenty of Bundesliga records that are still up for grabs. A point today would see them break Dortmund's previous highest points tally, and they face a side who they have never lost to at home. That one may well be in the bag then!
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary on this afternoon's clash between Bayern Munich and Freiburg. The Bundesliga has been the talk of world football following the demolition of Barcelona and Real Madrid at the hands of today's hosts and Borussia Dortmund, so let us hope this encounter is just as exciting. My name is Tom Webber and I will be guiding you through all the action.
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