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August 27, 2013
• MAGE SOLAR Stadion, Freiburg im Breisgau
Referee: F. Meyer
• Attendance: 24000
N. Höfler 86'
X. Shaqiri 33'
That's all that we have time for this evening, we hope that you have enjoyed Goal's LIVE coverage of Freiburg's hard fought point against Bayern Munich! I've been Simon Harrison, and I hope to see you all again next time.
A 33rd minute goal from Shaqiri looked to be sending Bayern on their way to a comfortable win, as the away side saw over two thirds of possession, but thanks to saves from Baumann and a lack of urgency, the Bundesliga champions have come up short.
The Bayern players look devastated, while the home side are reacting as though they've won silverware! Against all of the odds, Freiburg grab a valuable point, which sends Bayern into the Super Cup on Friday with something to prove.
FULL TIME! Freiburg grab a point against Bayern Munich! Guardiola's 100% record has already gone, they've dropped points away from home. A late Hofler goal cancelled out plenty of good work from the visitors!
90' + 2'
FREIS! What a chance! The German makes his way down the right, Freiburg have a three on three situation, he whips a cross in but it fails to find a red shirt! Streich screams at his players to get back into position!
90' + 1'
Freiburg are happy to sit back in shape, but Bayern look equally happy to patiently pass the ball around. With Ribery and Mandzukic on the field, a goal is certainly likely, but the hosts' spirit looks to be carrying them to a well-fought point!
We're heading towards stoppage time, and the home side still believe they can grab maximum points from this game! When Freiburg gain possession, the player on the ball hares towards Neuer's goal like a man possessed! Three minutes of stoppage time.
DANTE! After a scramble in the box, which saw Diagne make a good block, the Brazilian can only stab the ball over the bar! Close!
The stadium is bouncing! The atmosphere has gone out of control, the home fans have gone beserk. Bayern look a bit shellshocked, but they can't complain - they didn't kill the game off.
Assist Sebastian Freis
Goal Nicolas Höfler
GOOOOOAL! FREIBURG! HOFLER! The substitute taps in from two yards out, after a quick break from Hanke! The Bayern defence want an offside call, but he wasn't! Great finish with his instep!
Great covering from Diagne, the powerful centre-half has been an important cog in Freiburg's defensive mechanism tonight. Muller looks to hare beyond the final defender, but the Senegalese catches up with his adversary impressively and takes the ball away.
Bayern begin their rhythmic passing game, with breaks in the entrancing football usually coming when Ribery gets on the ball and wants to drive at his tiring opponents. Not long left for Freiburg to hold out, and I'm sure Streich won't mind a 1-0 loss.
RIBERY! The Frenchman leaves Sorg disorientated, before cutting inside onto his right foot and smashing an effort towards goal, which zips narrowly over Baumann's crossbar! Great try.
Great interception from Diagne! The Senegalese slides in excellently to prevent Shaqiri from being slipped in behind his side's defence. He's been one of the hosts' best players tonight.
We have ten minutes left, and I can only see one winner from this game. With their majority possession and the saves that Baumann has had to make in the second half, Guardiola's side deserve the three points. Freiburg have had their moments, but failed to capitalise on some good opportunities.
Schweinsteiger looks to be a little worse for wear as he leaves the field. His ankle injury looks to be ongoing, and he limps off to raucous boos from the home fans. Not his best performance in a Bayern shirt.
PIZARRO! A nice touch from Shaqiri looks to allow the Peruvian to cut inside and try a shot, but Pizarro hesitates! He nutmegs his marker excellently, but the loose ball is stolen as he looks to round his victim!
Kerk won't be too pleased with his contribution in recent minutes! After a poor miss, the substitute leads the charge for a Freiburg counter, but his pass towards Hanke is intercepted!
KERK! The substitute should have equalised there! A free-kick is sent to the back post, finding Kerk unmarked, but the youngster can only nod the ball into Neuer's arms!
Baumann denies Muller once again! The German is slipped through on goal by Pizarro, but Baumann stays big and on his feet, forcing his opponent to attempt to nutmeg him. Three good saves in the space of a minute!
BAUMANN! Great save from the Freiburg goalkeeper! Fantastic double save to deny Bayern their second! Muller looks baffled as to how he didn't score then!
Scrappy play from Contento, under minimal pressure the left-back plays the ball out for a throw-in. The 23-year-old hasn't been too impressive tonight, he's looked shaky defensively and in possession.
I don't think that Freiburg have tested Neuer on more than one occasion in the second half, Bayern are really continuing to dominate comprehensively. Shaqiri is seeing more of the ball as the game goes on, perhaps it's to test the makeshift right-back of Sorg.
Yellow Card Daniel Van Buyten
Well timed challenge from Diagne! Shaqiri took a touch ahead of himself, looking to beat Sorg and the Senegalese for pace, but Diagne slid in to dispossess the goalscorer before he could get a cross in from the byline.
More big names are making their way onto the touchline to warm up, Franck Ribery the next to do so. It seemed as though Guardiola would prefer to rest his star players ahead of Friday's Super Cup against Chelsea, but a couple are going to get a run out.
Bayern are willing to be very risky with their passing, Neuer has seen a sinful amount of the ball in the second half, releasing it through tight gaps and really trying his luck. You wonder whether such confidence could cost Bayern unnecessarily.
Yellow Card Christian Günter
Nice work from Kerk, the sub gives the ball short to Sorg, before it is launched upfield. Guede looks to take it down, but Dante muscles him off the ball strongly. No luck for the hosts, Bayern are being ruthless tonight.
Yellow Card Nicolas Höfler
Bad challenge from substitute Hofler! His first contribution is to get booked, after raking his studs down Kroos' instep. That looked like a painful one, but Kroos is back to his feet quickly.
Meyer forces Freis to wear Freiburg's captain's armband, as Streich chose to replace his captain! The fourth official stood with the band for a while, before calling over the referee to give the responsibility to one of the home side - it's regulation.
The home fans are back chanting again! Young Laprevotte's effort looks to have sparked them back into life, and Streich might sense a chance to kick on, as he makes a substitution directly after the chance.
POST! FREIBURG! Laprevotte curls a delightful effort towards the bottom corner, and Neuer fingertips the ball onto the foot of the post! Great save!
SHAQIRI! Straight at Baumann yet again! The Swiss is a constant outlet on the left, and Bayern are taking the option whenever they can. He should be testing Baumann more from just inside the box however, he struck it directly at the Freiburg keeper.
A solitary Bayern player makes his way out to warm up, and it's usual club captain Philip Lahm. I wonder if Guardiola will choose to slot the veteran into right-back or central midfield? Neither Rafinha nor Schweinsteiger have had fantastic games.
Baumann spills! Ginter has to clear for his goalkeeper! It was again Shaqiri who tested the Freiburg man, placing a firm strike directly at Baumann, but the 23-year-old couldn't smother it! Big let off for him.
Freiburg are really struggling to even get a touch of the ball once again. This new-look Bayern can effortlessly shift the ball around, finding those teammates under no pressure with ease. This isn't Bayern at full strength, but Guardiola's ideas have been clearly taken on board by the entire squad.
Tempers rise for the first time! Diagne has handfuls of Pizarro's shirt, and brings the Bayern striker down by bundling him down and clipping his heels. Pizarro reacts angrily, eyeballing the Freiburg defender, but Meyer is quick to defuse the situation.
Unlucky for Pizarro! The Peruvian dummies, letting an approaching ball through his legs to Shaqiri, before spinning off and looking for the return. He gets it, but his first touch is into danger, and Pizarro is dispossessed. Nice idea.
Great defending from Diagne! Gotze ghosts in behind the Freiburg defence, but the Senegalese is alert to the danger and shows the youngster out of play. Early signs suggest that Bayern should dominate the second half as they did the first.
Good work from Schmid! The Frenchman shimmies to beat his man, releasing Sorg on the right flank, and the full-back delivers. Bayern fail to clear on the first attempt (a worrying fixture in their play today) but manage to get it away at the second.
Bayern start off the brightest, seeing plenty of the ball in advanced areas. The visitors also win a corner, but Baumann is able to easily claim the set piece at the front post. Not the most promising start for the hosts.
We're back underway for the second half! Guardiola will want more of the same, Bayern kept the ball exceptionally well in the first half. Streich would like his side to press and harass like they did in the early stages, but I fear that they're too tired to maintain such intensity.
After a strong start which saw the home crowd get behind their side, Freiburg have stuttered a little. Seeing only a third of possession, Streich's men have relied on quick transitions to exploit the spaces left by the roaming Rafinha and Contento.
The half time whistle goes! No stoppage time at all, and Bayern are in cruise control. A nervy first 15 minutes have been aided by a solid last half an hour, which has seen the visitors monopolise possession and grab the game's opening goal courtesy of Shaqiri.
KROOS! The German international tries an effort across Baumann, but Ginter manages to get a block in, which takes the ball harmlessly into the arms of his goalkeeper. Freiburg then go up the other end, striking the side netting courtesy of Guede.
As impressive as Bayern's ball retention is, I think we'll be glad to get to half time. This game is getting a little bit stale, Neuer is looking to run down the clock and hold onto the ball for the maximum amount of time possible, and both sides look keen to avoid conceding.
There aren't any chances to inform you about, Bayern are simply keeping hold of the ball. It's been rare for the visitors to get forward, they're happy to stroke the ball around carefully until an opportunity or space presents itself. Perhaps they're under instruction to keep things tight until the break.
Freiburg just can't get the ball from Bayern. I don't think they've touched it for the past couple of minutes. Guardiola's men are retaining the ball in their own half, causing no problems for Freiburg, but the hosts are powerless with such a limited share of the ball.
Bayern are content to stroke the ball around, they're eclipsing their opponents in terms of pass completion and possession. One player who has looked a little shaky however, is Schweinsteiger, he's given away possession needlessly on several occasions, and has played some risky balls.
GOTZE! The former Dortmund man racing in behind Freiburg's lines, and tries to turn the ball home from a very tight angle, with Baumann making himself very big. It rolls wide of the back post, that wasn't too far away.
Streich looks angry with the way events are unfolding on the field, and it's understandable for him to be aggrieved. His side have done very well and don't deserve to be behind.
Unlucky for Schmid! The Frenchman bulldozes Contento to the ground (who has been complaining tirelessly throughout the entire game) before looking to pick out a red shirt - but he can't. Tenacious work, but no final pass.
Assist Thomas Müller
Goal Xherdan Shaqiri
GOOOOAL! SHAQIRI! Excellent finish! A looping ball to the back post from Muller finds its way to the Swiss, and he makes no mistake, smashing it in off the post powerfully!
Nice work from Freiburg! Starting from left-back, the home side move the ball inside to Laprevotte, who looks to feed in Streis, but the German can't quite take the ball in his side to skip past Dante!
PIZARRO! A great long ball from Dante released Shaqiri on the right hand side, before the Swiss centres the ball in search of Pizarro. The Peruvian takes the ball down quite well, pivots to shoot, but gets the ball stuck under his feet! Unlucky.
The momentum is just starting to swing in Bayern's favour. Freiburg are no longer pressing on the edge of Bayern's area, they're struggling to get out of their own half. The methodical probing and maneuvering is tiring Streich's side a little already, Bayern are taking control.
MULLER! The German international rises highest in the area, attempting to get on the end of a Rafinha delivery, but his header can only loop away from goal. Gotze was in a better position, perhaps Muller would have been better to leave the ball for his teammate.
Despite a couple of niggling fouls in the opening half an hour, the referee is keen to let play continue, aswell as avoiding brandishing his cards too early on. Both Fernandes and Diagne could have seen yellow already, but Meyer is looking to keep a lid on things.
Bayern are still being restricted to shots from range, as both Sorg and Gunter have put in impressive performances on the flanks so far. Bayern manage to work the ball down the right, but Baumann claims Muller's cross with ease.
As the game settles a little, Freiburg aren't pressing quite as high as previously. It will be difficult for the home side to continue to chase the ball as they have done thus far - Streich may want his team to grab a first half goal to give themselves something to hold on to.
Schweinsteiger is dropping very deep this evening, sitting inbetween Dante and Van Buyten rather than in a more advanced position. Guardiola is pro-active already, hauling off Contento to give the left-back some instructions, he isn't happy with the start of this game.
Good work from Gunter! Pizarro chips the ball over Baumann, but the German defender is on hand to nod the ball over the bar under pressure from Muller. The Bayern player is penalised for a push on his opponent.
Rafinha is down on the ground, gesturing at his shin to say to the referee that he has been caught by a late challenge. There's no mark on his leg however, and it didn't look as though the Brazilian had been caught by the studs of any Freiburg player.
Fantastic atmosphere here tonight, the home fans are in great voice, cheering every successful tackle of their team. They realise that their side's game is based around pressing and triggering counter attacks tonight.
SHAQIRI! Baumann is forced to make another save, beating away a lovely curling left foot effort from the Swiss! That was a very good save, and he claims the delivery from the resulting corner! After a shaky start, he's growing in confidence.
KROOS! It's straight at Baumann, but Bayern will be pleased to have got their first effort on target! It was well hit by Kroos, but it was straight down the keeper's throat. Bayern look a tad rattled.
This won't be the start that Guardiola had hoped for. Freiburg are countering excellently, as well as pressuring and intercepting plenty of Bayern's early possession. Thomas Muller and Pizarro have barely touched the ball!
SORG! Great save from Neuer! The makeshift right-back lets fly from the corner of the box, forcing the huge Neuer to leap across his goal to palm the vicious strike away! The rebound falls to a red shirt, but Freis couldn't turn it home!
Great interception from Schuster! The midfield man does well to cut out a Schweinsteiger pass, before flicking the ball in the direction of Freis. The forward looks to try his luck, but Dante makes an important challenge. Encouraging start from the home side.
No chances for either side in the past five minutes, Bayern are patiently holding onto the ball and look in no hurry to get the ball forward. The game is settling down. Freiburg are keen to counter though, with a couple of long range speculative efforts voicing their intent.
Good work from Sorg! He normally plays at left-back, but hasn't looked out of place at right-back so far. The German robs Shaqiri of the ball, much to the admiration of the Freiburg support.
Streich has really set his team up well, pressing nicely to close the space and force the ball back to the likes of Diego Contento and Dante - who aren't the most assured customers in the visitors' outfit.
A positive start for Freiburg, good challenges in the midfield from the likes of Fernandes have kept Bayern in their own half, and it seems that Streich is keen to press the opposition high up the field. That said, Bayern are happy to keep possession even under pressure.
Good idea from the hosts! Freis comes short for the corner, looking to turn quickly and try his luck at Neuer's front post. The Bayern defence are switched on however, and clear the danger.
CHANCE BAYERN! The corner is taken short to Diego Contento, before the full-back whipped a devilish delivery to the back post! Baumann looked very uncertain when he came to claim, however, and has to rely on one of his defenders to hack it away.
Bayern pick up a free-kick on the right flank, with Shaqiri stood over the ball. The delivery takes a deflection from the head of a Freiburg player, and the ball loops out of play for a corner.
One of the big absences for Bayern tonight is Thiago Alcantara, who is out until November. Plenty of players to fill his boots however, with Mario Gotze and Xherdan Shaqiri both looking to impress.
We are underway! The atmosphere is excellent and both managers look animated! This game should be an interesting affair.
We're just a few minutes away from kick-off now, this should be a stern test for the home side, as Freiburg are yet to recover from losing five key players during the summer transfer window. After a high finish in the Bundesliga last campaign, however, Bayern would be fools to think that the game is won already.
A very strong bench for the visitors, it appears that Guardiola isn't prepared to take any chances tonight, he wants Bayern to extend their winning run of form. The away side will be sticking to their 4-1-4-1 formation, which saw them win 80% of possession last time out.
Bayern substitutes: Ribery, Mandzukic, Robben, Boateng, Lahm, Starke, Alaba.
Freiburg substitutes: Krmas, Hanke, Schwolow, Hofler, Klaus, Kerk, Hohn.
Bayern starting line-up: Neuer, Rafinha, Van Buyten, Dante, Contento, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Shaqiri, Gotze, Pizarro, Muller.
Freiburg starting line-up: Baumann, Diagne, Sorg, Ginter, Gunter, Guede, Fernandes, Schuster, Schmid, Freis.
TEAM NEWS: A star studded bench is present for Guardiola's outfit, as the Spaniard seemingly has one eye on winning some silverware on the weekend. Gunter comes in for the hosts after being an unused substitute versus Hoffenheim.
I'm Simon Harrison, and I will be keeping you informed with all of the action from Mage Solar Stadion, as stuttering last season surprise package Freiburg take on a Bayern side who are yet to drop points in the league during the current campaign.
Hello and welcome to Goal's LIVE coverage of tonight's sole Bundesliga clash between Freiburg and Bayern Munich, as Pep Guardiola looks to have chosen a rotated side in the build up to the European Super Cup against Chelsea this weekend.
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