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Freiburg v Bayern München Live Commentary, 04/03/2018

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0 - 4
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A. Schwolow (25 og)
C. Tolisso (28)
S. Wagner (54)
T. Müller (69)
Schwarzwald-Stadion

Commentary

Bayern are edging closer to their sixth consecutive Bundesliga crown and there certainly looks to be no stopping them, with a title potentially just weeks away from being secured. Jupp Heynckes' side host Hamburg next weekend before travelling to face RB Leipzig before the international break, with those two games coming either side of the Champions League trip to Turkey to face Besiktas.
Freiburg remain just four points above the Bundesliga's relegation play-off spot and, although they'll fancy their chances of securing safety, they still need a few more results to assure them of their status. They travel to Hertha Berlin next weekend, before hosting Stuttgart prior to March's international break.
FULL TIME! Bayern stroll to a 4-0 victory over Freiburg and extend their record at the top to a massive 20 points. An own-goal from Alexander Schwolow got them on their way and the advantage was soon doubled by Corentin Tolisso's piledriver. After the break, Sandro Wagner tucked home from close range before Thomas Muller capped off a fine performance.
90' Freiburg fans still in are silent, with the travelling supporters making all the noise. There doesn't seem to be anyone leaving early though!
88' Bayern's lead at the top of the table is sensational. Barely into March and FC Hollywood are set to boast a 20-point advantage. Their goal difference is a mammoth +41 too, compared to the second-best record in the Bundesliga- which is Borussia Dortmund's +19.
86' Freiburg win a free-kick wide on the near side, giving them a rare opportunity to put the Bayern defence under pressure. Ravet's delivery is dealt with though.
84' Another penalty appeal comes and goes for Freiburg, who will be glad to see the back of Bayern after conceding nine goals in two games against the league leaders this season. There's still time for that to hit double figures too.
N. Süle
A. Vidal
Bayern München
83' Third and final change for Bayern, as Vidal makes way and is replaced by Sule.
Rafinha
T. Müller
Bayern München
81' Denied one effort by the dubious goals panel, Muller got the fourth to put Bayern in control and he's now given a well deserved rest. Rafinha takes his place.
79' STAT: With that Thomas Muller goal, he takes his Bundesliga tally for Bayern Munich to 102 goals. Only three players lie ahead of him in the all-time league scoring list for FC Hollywood.
77' CHANCE! Freiburg spring to life with a quick throw-in unleashing Kath, who surges down the flanks and into the area. There's team-mates in support and he tries to chip a cross towards those in a more central position but Ulreich snatches it out of the air.
76' Tolisso is fouled near the halfway line, which brings a short break in the match, and it's now starting to look like a training exercise from Bayern.
S. Rudy
Thiago Alcântara
Bayern München
74' Thiago, as he often does, has pulled the strings for Bayern in the middle of the park today and gets a rest. Rudy, signed from Hoffenheim last summer, takes his place.
73' Heynckes' side are cruising towards another Bundesliga title and the rumours floating around currently suggest that an announcement regarding a new manager from the end of the season will be made in the next few weeks. Does that suggest someone currently out of employment will take charge? We'll wait and see.
71' Bayern hit five past Freiburg earlier in the season at the Allianz Arena and there's still plenty of time for FC Hollywood to equal or better that scoreline here. The league leaders don't look prepared to rest on their laurels.
T. Müller
Goal
Bayern München
69' GOAL! Muller's back on the scoresheet and this time it's certainly his goal! Kimmich whips an early cross from a corner into the near post, where Muller is working to make it four.
J. Kimmich
Assist
Bayern München
69' A routine off the training ground has worked brilliantly and Kimmich's corner was spot on.
68' Bayern still have all three changes available to them and Freiburg won't like the looks of the opposing bench, as Heynckes could still call upon the likes of Lewandowski and Robben.
66' Bayern have taken their foot off the gas and it's allowed Freiburg to see more of the ball, although the hosts are being faced with a resilient Bavarian back line. 
64' NO PENALTY! Freiburg are furious as Gunter barges into Kimmich and goes to ground. It looked a tad dramatic initially but on second viewing it's a decent shout for the hosts. Their appeals being turned down pretty much sums up their afternoon.
63' CHANCE! Bernat guilty of wasting another chance! Muller whipped a superb cross towards the far post where the Spaniard was lurking but he heads wide of the mark. He hasn't scored since May 2017. You can see why...
62' Worth noting that Muller has had his name taken off the scoresheet, as the dubious goal panel ruled that it was an own goal by Schwolow. It was expected though as that looked to have been the case.
R. Koch
Yellow Card
Freiburg
60' First booking of the game is issued to Koch after a foul on Wager. Freiburg in danger of losing their heads.
59' Bayern have been the better side but Freiburg deserve more than to concede two very scrappy goals. The hosts are set to lose for only the second time in 13 matches.
Y. Ravet
L. Höler
Freiburg
57' Three down and surely out of it, Freiburg boss Christian Streich shows his hand with a final change. Holer makes way, with Ravet taking his place.
57' CHANCE! Bayern on the front foot, with Freiburg's heads dropping again, and the hosts are fortunate to see Bernat slash an effort wide of the post. The defence had appealed for offside again but nothing was given.
S. Wagner
Goal
Bayern München
54' GOAL! Forget what I just said, Wagner has scored! It's another scrappy goal for Bayern but they'll take it. Muller clipped the ball over to Bernat and then made himself available in the middle, getting a foot onto the ball and it fell into the path of Wagner. After VAR is consulted, the goal is given.
T. Müller
Assist
Bayern München
54' Assist Thomas Müller
53' Playing understudy to Robert Lewandowski is never easy but Wagner will be very disappointed with his performance so far, as the January signing hasn't seen too much of the ball.
51' Free-kick for Freiburg in a decent area after Kimmich is penalised although it looked to be a soft one. Gunter's delivery is a waste though as he smashes into the wall.
49' Freiburg, with a more attacking shape, have done well in the opening minutes of the second period and have shone their attacking intent. So far though, there's nothing doing for the hosts.
47' No changes for Bayern at the break. On Oscar night, FC Hollywood are in cruise control for a victory that will push them ever closer to a sixth consecutive Bundesliga crown.
F. Kath
P. Lienhart
Freiburg
46' Lienhart was the one change for Freiburg coming into the game but he's lasted just 45 minutes, with Kath now taking his place. It suggests a change of shape for the hosts, who will now play with a four-man defence.
N. Höfler
A. Abrashi
Freiburg
46' Freiburg need a miracle and they've made two changes at the break, the first of which sees Hofler take the place of Abrashi.
45' KICK OFF! Here we go then, back underway with Freiburg trailing 2-0. Bayern get us started and now attack to the right.
Despite holding a 2-0 lead, Bayern are still yet to create a clear-cut opportunities. The creativity hasn't quite been in full flow and that, added to Freiburg's defensive shape, has limited their openings. Still, their class has shown and they're on-course to move 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
Freiburg did exceptionally well during the opening 20 minutes but conceding the opening goal certainly knocked the stuffing out of them. They could have taken the lead through Lucas Holer, who until January was playing in the second-tier with Sandhausen, but his shot one-on-one was saved by Sven Ulreich's boot.
HALF TIME! Bayern head into the break away from home against Freiburg with a 2-0 advantage, following two very different goals. The first came from Thomas Muller but was incredibly fortunate after two deflections inside the box but the second from Corentin Tolisso was sheer class, firing home from range. Since then, Freiburg have been unable to offer nothing.
45' After a tough opening 20 minutes, Bayern have responded well and have cruised since. Their opening goal may have been fortunate but they're certainly controlling the game.
43' Freiburg frustrated with the referee as they've seen a number of appeals for free-kicks in the attacking third turned down, with Bayern showing they're not just a side that excels with the ball as they can also do the work without it.
41' Freiburg have settled down in the past few minutes, limiting the effectiveness of Bayern, but they're showing no signs of being able to claw their way back into the match.
39' Thiago pulling on the strings in the middle of the park for Bayern and he's popping up in pockets everywhere. The Spaniard is sensational on his day.
37' Freiburg remain on the ropes, with the likes of Vidal starting to see a lot more of the ball. 
35' Heading into the final ten minutes before the break and Freiburg need to ensure they don't fall further behind. They're struggling to get out of their own half and Bayern have started to turn on the style.
33' Freiburg don't score many goals at all, with a tally of just 25 for the season, and a massive improvement needs to be made if they're to have any chance here. Their heads have dropped since conceding the opening goal and the game is now in danger of turning into a drubbing.
31' CHANCE! Almost three for Bayern! The visitors have found their stride and Thiago, having just been provider for Tolisso, has a chance to add his name to the scoresheet. He shoots an effort into the ground from just outside the area that bounces wide of the left-hand post.
30' A nightmare few minutes for Freiburg, who have conceded two in quick succession- despite the fact that Bayern Munich are yet to create a clear-cut chance in the match. Ulreich's save earlier on is now even more important.
Thiago Alcântara
Assist
Bayern München
28' Thiago gets the assist but all the credit has to go to Tolisso, an unstoppable effort. Surely no way back for Freiburg now.
C. Tolisso
Goal
Bayern München
28' WHAT A GOAL! Oh my word! The first goal was lucky but this one is a different class! Tolisso picks the ball up in the centre of the field and sets his sights for goal, firing an unstoppable effort from a long way out that doubles Bayern's advantage. It's the Frenchman's third league goal of the season.
27' Very unfortunate for Freiburg to fall behind, particularly in that sort of fashion. It's certainly one for the dubious goals panel though as Muller certainly wasn't going for goal and it may not have found the back of the net without the touch from the Freiburg keeper.
T. Müller
Goal
Bayern München
25' GOAL! Bayern have got the lead from nothing! A long ball over the top from Hummels finds Muller and he tries to cut a pass across the face of goal but benefits from two deflections. The first is off Soyuncu, which plays it back into the path of the World Cup winner, and his second attempt at a pass is deflected in off Schwolow.
24' First chance Bayern have created really and it still isn't a clear-cut opportunity. The Bundesliga leaders need to step-up a gear if they're to find a way through here.
22' SAVE! Schwolow forced into a save for the first time this afternoon as Muller plays a deft pass across to Thiago, who drives a low shot from outside the area straight into the arms of the Freiburg stopper.
21' Holer fouls Bernat in a dangerous position and it gives Bayern a golden opportunity to try for goal. Thiago tries his luck but it fails to beat the wall.
19' Half-hearted appeals from Bayern for a penalty as the ball strikes the arm of a defender after Schowolow punched Kimmich's cross away with a diving fist. The referee isn't interested though.
17' CHANCE! Freiburg trying to get the ball into the feet of their forward contingent and it's rolled across to Stenzel, who slashes an effort from distance way off target.
16' The wide areas continue to be the most promising avenue for Bayern, who are struggling to break through Freiburg's defensive line in central areas, and Kimmich is starting to get involved on the right. However, he's finding a strong opponent facing him in Gunter.
14' That chance has given the home fans all the more reason to be energetic, not that they need the encouragement. They remain well organised and are starting to grow into the game more.
12' SAVE! Freiburg extremely close to taking the lead as they snatch the ball off Bayern and break on the counter, with the ball fed through to Holer. He has the goal at his mercy but he finds himself thwarted by Ulreich, who makes a brilliant save with his foot.
10' As you'd expect, Bayern are moving the ball around well and have enjoyed the lion's share of possession but the majority of that has been in the middle of the park.
8' Bayern finding some room down the left side, where Alaba and Bernat are proving to be a threat, but we await the game's first chance.
6' Yet to really see Bayern get going here as Freiburg are doing very well to quell the threat that they pose. The hosts are moving the ball around well and have certainly given Heynckes' side something to think about.
4' Dangerous cross from Alaba is put behind for a corner by Soyuncu, though he didn't look comfortable, but the Freiburg defence holds firm from the resulting corner to get the ball away.
3' Decent start for the hosts, who put Hummels and Alaba under pressure early on, and an interesting sub-plot to the game today concerns Freiburg boss Christian Streich. According to reports, he's a surprise candidate to succeed Heynckes at Bayern this summer.
1' KICK-OFF! We're underway at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, where Freiburg get us started and attack to the right in the first half.
Freiburg will hope Petersen can continue his fine form in front of goal today, as the 29-year-old has a stellar record of ten goals in his last ten Bundesliga matches. Lewandowski, on the bench for Bayern, has scored seven in his last 10.
History is certainly on Bayern's side as they've lost just four times to Freiburg, with three of those defeats coming before the turn of the millenia. However, all of those losses have come away from home and the last, in 2014/15, came in a campaign where Freiburg were relegated from the Bundesliga.
Bayern also drew last weekend, 0-0 with Hertha Berlin, and Heynckes has made six changes to that side. Kimmich, Boateng, Tolisso, Vidal, Bernat and Wagner all come in, taking the places of Sule, Rafinha, Martinez, Robben, Lewandowski and Franck Ribery. The latter of those is injured, along with Kingsley Coman.
After a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim last week, Freiburg make just a single change. Lienhart comes into the side in defence and a shake-up further forward means Marco Terrazzino misses out.
Bayern subs: Tom Starke, Sebastian Rudy, Robert Lewandowski, Niklas Sule, Arjen Robben, Rafinha, Javi Martinez.
Freiburg subs: Rafal Gikiewicz, Nicolas Hofler, Lukas Kubler, Marc-Oliver Kempf, Tim Kleindienst, Florian Kath, Yoric Ravet. 
Bayern Munich XI: Sven Ulreich; Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, David Alaba; Corentin Tolisso, Thiago Alcantara; Thomas Muller, Arturo Vidal, Juan Bernat; Sandro Wagner.
Freiburg XI: Alexander Schwolow; Philipp Lienhart, Manuel Gulde, Caglar Soyuncu; Pascal Stenzel, Robin Koch, Amir Abrashi, Christian Gunter; Lucas Holer, Janik Haberer, Nils Petersen.
Bayern are sitting pretty at the top of the table and enter this game with a comfortable 17 point advantage over second-placed Schalke, which can be extended to 20 points with victory today. Jupp Heynckes' side have enjoyed a remarkable 15-match unbeaten run across all competitions that extends back to the end of November and they'll be confident of extending their run of form today.
Freiburg welcome the Bavarian giants to the Schwarzwald-Stadion with a decent home record, as they stand undefeated in six matches. That run includes wins over RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach but they know their work is not yet done, as they sit just four points above the Bundesliga's relegation play-off spot.
Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Bundesliga clash between Freiburg and Bayern Munich, where the visitors are looking to strengthen their grip on the Bundesliga title and the hosts seek to push themselves further away from the relegation spots.