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Bundesliga

  • February 18, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • MAGE SOLAR Stadion, Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Referee: P. Gagelmann
  • • Attendance: 24000
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  • How important will this result be in the context of this season? I'm sure Dortmund fans everywhere will be delighted, Bayern fans everywhere extremely worried. Stay tuned to Goal.com for all the post-match reaction...
  • Muller's tame header is easily gathered. And that's that. Bayern Munich slip to third, Borussia Dortmund are three points clear at the top, and Bayern are a further point behind Freiburg.
  • 90' + 1'
    One minute of stoppage times. Can Freiburg hold on? Bayern are pumping it up...
  • 89'
    The Dutchman's cross was too short and is easily cleared. Muller manages to win a late corner, however.
  • 88'
    Bayern decide to hoof it long again. Robben is felled when he comes into possession.
  • 88'
    Bayern decide to hoof it long again. Robben is felled when he comes into possession.
  • 86'
    Freiburg are hoofing the ball clear every time they get it, then pressing the Bayern back four and Neuer when they are in possession. Spirited effort.
  • 84'
    NEUER!!!! Caligiuri twists and turns in the box before unleashing a powerful, low shot which Neuer does fantastically to save. Great stuff from the Germany goalkeeper.
  • 83'
    The ball finds its way to Garra Dembele, who is tugged back by Olic on the edge of the box. Another set piece, but Kroos flicks it away.
  • 83'
    Freiburg have a corner. Can they even grab a goal?
  • 81'
    Substitution Erik Jendrisek Garra Dembele
  • 81'
    Schmid (contentiously) brings down Robben. The Dutchman is standing over the free-kick, but he'll have to wait because Dembele is coming on for Freiburg..
  • 79'
    Bayern have really offered very little this half, but hats off to Freiburg. They've defended excellently.
  • 76'
    Substitution Ivan Santini Stefan Reisinger
  • 76'
    Santini is being replaced by Reisinger. Freiburg looking to hold what they have.
  • 75'
    The wall does its job and it's a Bayern corner. Robben's first attempt is headed out.
  • 74'
    Bayern Munich have a free-kick right on the edge of the box. Ribery felled by Diagne. Kroos stands over it.
  • 73'
    Substitution M. Gómez Ivica Olic
  • 72'
    Great free-kick position for Freiburg. Luiz Gustavo concedes the kick about five metres outside his own penalty. Meanwhile Olic has come on for Gomez.
  • 71'
    A rare bit of action for Neuer. Rosenthal plays in Caligiuri, whose cross is deflected into the Germany keeper's arms.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Jan Rosenthal
  • 68'
    Brilliant defending from Flum. Badstuber flicks the ball, but Flum gets across and heads the ball away with Gomez waiting.
  • 67'
    Baumann meets the ball and punches, but it's unconvincing at best. Rosenthal clears the danger.
  • 66'
    Bayern have a free-kick in a threatening area. Can Robben produce the required ball?
  • 65'
    Substitution Fallou Diagne Karim Guédé
  • 63'
    Jendrisek's cross is met at the near post by Rosenthal, whose header goes well wide.
  • 61'
    Aimless, dreadful long ball from Badstuber. Baumann collects the ball completely unchallenged. A complete nothing ball.
  • 59'
    Gomez is receiving treatment on the side of the pitch - he seems to have a bloody head.
  • 58'
    Both back lines have been fantastic this evening. Every striker has found his time on the ball very limited.
  • 55'
    Can Ribery's dive be interpreted as a sign of desperation from Bayern Munich? Bayern have certainly found it difficult to find a conventional way through the defence.
  • 52'
    Now it's Robben who wants a penalty. The Dutchman goes down under a tussle from Schmid, but the referee adjudges it to be a shoulder barge, rather than a shove. Replays showed that Robben had a case, however...
  • 51'
    Yellow Card Franck Ribéry
    BOOKING!! Ribery gets the ball on the left, cuts into the penalty area and promptly goes down. Booked for an obvious attempt to con the referee.
  • 48'
    ROBBEN!! Almost an instant impact from the Dutchman, who latches onto a through ball, takes the ball wide and shoots, only to see his shot padded wide by Baumann. Great save.
  • 48'
    Freiburg break, but as Caligiuri is preparing to let fly on the edge of the box, Boateng, again, gets across.
  • 47'
    Kroos' corner is met by Badstuber, whose glancing header drifts wide of the far post.
  • 46'
    Substitution Rafinha Arjen Robben
    And we're back. Arjen Robben has indeed come on, but in place of Rafinha! Jupp Heynckes is going for it...
  • 46'
    Ribery's cross is cleared wildly by Diagne, and it's a Bayern corner.
  • And that's half-time. Excellent half from both sides. Chances for both sets of strikers, but no goals yet. Surely one side will break the deadlock after the break...
  • 45'
    Seconds from half-time here. Can either side break the deadlock before the break?
  • 43'
    WHAT A SAVE!!!!!! Ribery makes a great run down the left, sends in an equally brilliant cross to Muller, whose sweetly-struck, powerful volley is fantastically kept out by Baumann.
  • 41'
    Kroos tries to weave his way through to the Freiburg box, Hohn gets across. Freiburg have shown incredible commitment so far.
  • 38'
    And excellent first half so far... Chances at either end, but both sides have defended very well.
  • 35'
    Ribery plays a clever ball over the top to Gomez, but the 26-year-old can't bring the ball under control and Baumann claims.
  • 35'
    Joachim Low is in the crowd tonight - he'll be far from happy with what he's seen from the likes of Thomas Muller so far... Another anaemic performance from him.
  • 33'
    Santini's in again, but Boateng gets tight on the Freiburg forwardand boots the ball out of play.
  • 32'
    A moment of respite for Bayern as they pass it around the back comfortably. Arjen Robben is already warming up. Could he swing the pendulum back in Bayern's favour?
  • 31'
    Alaba clears his lines with a powerful clearance, but Baumann receives the ball and Freiburg build from the back.
  • 30'
    How the tides have turned... Freiburg looking the more likely to take the lead now...
  • 28'
    Another chance!! Bayern are on the rocks here. Santini sends a header across the face of goal, but Alaba's clearance makes its way as far as Makiadi, whose powerful effort is blocked away...
  • 26'
    SANTINI! Another near miss for Freiburg. Santini wins the ball unopposed from the resulting corner, but his header goes narrowly wide...
  • 25'
    FREIBURG ALMOST OPEN THE SCORING!! Flum makes a long, winding run into the Bayern box but as he's preparing to open the scoring, Boateng gets back in a nick of time to put it out for a corner!!
  • 24'
    Incidentally, Bayern have not lost to Freiburg for 16 years...
  • 22'
    Ribery is called marginally, and I can only emphasise marginally, offside. The Frenchman would have had a clear run on goal there.
  • 20'
    Bayern are comfortably in possession now - the visitors are starting to take control here.
  • 17'
    Uncharacteristically, Ribery gives the ball away in the centre-circle. The Frenchman received it from a great Gomez flick, but his pass to Gustavo is overhit.
  • 15'
    Jendrisek sends a powerful left-footed shot from the corner of the box narrowly high and wide. He did as well as he could though, under heavy scrutiny from the Bayern back line.
  • 12'
    Corner for Freiburg as Rosenthal's cut-back is sent into touch by Alaba, however, the set-piece is promptly wasted.
  • 11'
    Santini tries to work the ball into the box, but the linesman pulls him back for a shove on Lahm before he sent his cross in.
  • 8'
    Yellow Card Fallou Diagne
    Ribery is fouled yet again, this time by Fallou Diagne who picks up a booking for the challenge.
  • 8'
    IT'S IN THE NET!! Disallowed goal for Bayern Munich as Kroos flights in the resulting free-kick and Badstuber nods the ball into the net, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside, rightly.
  • 6'
    The hosts waste the set-piece and it's easily cleared by Bayern. Ribery is visibly upset as he is brought down as he tries to start a counter-attack.
  • 5'
    Flum is brought down by Gustavo and Freiburg have a free-kick 30 metres from goal...
  • 4'
    A bad pass from Alaba this time, as the Austrian gifts the hosts a throw in of their own. Both teams look to have trouble settling into the game.
  • 3'
    Diagne collects the ball at the back for Freiburg, but his aimless long ball goes out for a Bayern throw-in.
  • 2'
    Ribery tries to play a through-ball, but Muller doesn't come inside to collect the ball, and Baumann claims easily.
  • 1'
    And the hosts have got the game underway!
  • The teams are out - we're just moments away from kick-off...
  • So who will win? Will Bayern Munich be able to match Borussia Dortmund and win? Can Freiburg pull of an ultimately surprising victory and beat their illustrious visitors. All will reveal itself imminently. You can send your predictions to me via Twitter @eniskoylu...
  • Meanwhile, Bayern lineup thus: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Alaba; Muller, Kroos, Ribery; Gomez. Arjen Robben is left on the bench yet again.
  • The lineups are in Freiburg start the game with: Baumann; Sorg, Diagne, Hohn, Schmid; Caligiuri, Flum, Makiadi, Rosenthal; Jendrisek, Santini
  • Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Bayern Munich's trip to Freiburg. Jupp Heynckes' men can ensure that Borussia Monchengladbach's stay in second place is short-lived with a victory over the Bundesliga's bottom club.