SC Freiburg came back twice to record a hard-fought 2-2 draw against FC Bayern München on the penultimate Bundesliga matchday. Robert Lewandowski (26’, pen.) and Leroy Sané (53’) scored for the guests, while Manuel Gulde (29’) and Christian Günter (81’) netted for SCF.
“I witnessed a very interesting match with an excellent performance from us. It’s a well-deserved point, and I’m very happy,” said SC head coach Christian Streich. “Based on the second half, Freiburg deserved a point. I really enjoy the way in which they play. We should have made it 3-1 earlier,” was how FC Bayern head coach Hansi Flick summed up the game.
SCF made just one change to the starting line up after last weekend’s 4-1 victory in Cologne. Baptiste Santamaria replaced Yannik Keitel, while Mark Flekken retained his spot in between the sticks after returning from a lengthy injury against Köln.
Bayern, who were crowned champions for the ninth successive season last weekend, made four changes to the XI that won 6-0 against Mönchengladbach. Alexander Nübel, Niklas Süle, Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry came in for Manuel Neuer, Benjamin Pavard, Jamal Musiala and Kingsley Coman.
Lewandowski hits 40 goals - immediate equaliser for SCF
While the rain poured down at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, Freiburg prepared to deliver a strong performance in what was likely to be their final game at the stadium. They pressed Bayern high early on to prevent the guests from finding their rhythm, while the same tactic also allowed gaps to form that the record champions sought to exploit. The Bavarians recorded their first clear-cut chance of the match in this manner, as Mark Flekken and Lukas Kübler were forced to keep Leroy Sané from scoring (24’).
Bayern then took the lead through Robert Lewandowski. The Pole scored his 40th goal of the season from the spot, after Kübler brought down Thomas Müller in the box. Lewandowski sent Flekken the wrong way to open the scoring (26’). Freiburg responded immediately, netting the equaliser just three minutes later. Vincenzo Grifo’s corner found Manuel Gulde in the box, as he headed into the far corner to draw level (29’).
Neither side made any changes as they emerged from the dressing rooms to begin the second half, with the score tied at one goal apiece.
Bayern retake the lead after the restart
Bayern flew out of the blocks in the second half and thought they had scored a second after a brilliant solo run from Leroy Sané, who then squared the ball across goal to Serge Gnabry. The Germany international tapped the ball into the back of the net, but VAR ruled the goal out due to offside (50’). It didn’t take long before the visitors were back on the attack and this time there would be no reprieve for Streich’s team; Sané turning goalscorer to finish off a low cross from Thomas Müller (53’).
Ermedin Demirovic thought he had equalised minutes later, but his close-range strike after a well-worked move down the left could only find the side netting (55’).
Despite going behind, Freiburg continue to push forward and go toe-to-toe with the champions. Christina Günter tested Nübel from a tight angle (66‘), while substitute Janik Haberer headed narrowly wide of the Bayern goal (69’).
The biggest chance fell to Lucas Höler after Jonathan Schmid rewon possession in the Bayern box. The forward attacked the ball with a drop-kick from six yards out, but Alexander Nübel and Niklas Süle did enough to scramble the ball off the goal-line (71’).
Günter solo effort seals a point
Nübel impressed again to deny Haberer in a 1v1 attack (73’), while Lewandowksi was denied a record breaking 41st goal on several attempts by an alert Mark Flekken (75’, 76’).
Freiburg’s efforts to equalise were duly rewarded as the game entered the final ten minutes of play. Günter and Grifo combined with a delightful one-two on the half way line to break through the high Bayern line and Günter carried the ball half the length of the pitch before drilling the ball into the bottom corner of Nübel’s goal (81’).
Flekken was called into action once more with a strong save on the line (83’) and the hosts held on to a well-earned point that takes the tally up to 45 for the season, with Freiburg sitting in tenth place.
The Bundesliga season comes to a close next Saturday away at Eintracht Frankfurt (15:30 CEST).