Bayern Munich end Freiburg's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga

Bayern Munich end Freiburg’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season thanks to Leon Goretzka’s opener and Robert Lewandowski’s 23rd goal of the campaign as they remain top of the table

  • Bayern Munich beat Freiburg 2-1 to remain top of the Bundesliga table
  • They ended Freiburg’s impressive unbeaten opening to the league campaign
  • Leon Goretzka set Bayern on their way at the Allianz Arena in the first half
  • In-form Robert Lewandowski doubled their lead with his 23rd goal this season
  • Janik Haberer netted a late Freiburg consolation but they couldn’t avoid defeat 

Bayern Munich ended Freiburg’s unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season with a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena that kept them top of the table.

Leon Goretzka scored half-an-hour in to set Julian Nagelsmann’s side on their way before Robert Lewandowski netted his 23rd of the campaign with 15 minutes left.

Janik Haberer scored a late consolation for Freiburg but their impressive undefeated opening to the season came to an end. 

Leon Goretzka celebrates opening the scoring for Bayern Munich against Freiburg 

Bayern were in control against a previously unbeaten Freiburg side to remain top of the table

Robert Lewandowski (middle) celebrates doubling Bayern’s advantage in the second-half

Lewandowski scored his 23rd goal of the season in his 17th game to double Bayern’s lead

Freiburg had started to gain attention across Europe as they stood alongside Liverpool, Napoli and AC Milan as the only remaining unbeaten sides in the major leagues.

But this was always going to be the sternest test to date for Christian Streich’s side and Bayern wasted little time in creating chances as they settled into their rhythm.

Freiburg keeper Mark Flekken pulled off fine early saves to deny Niklas Sule and then Alphonso Davies as Bayern signalled their intentions to cut the upstarts down to size.

They duly found a deserved opening goal after half-an-hour with Goretzka unselfishly played in to score by Thomas Muller after Freiburg carelessly lost possession not he edge of the box.     

Goretzka fires the ball beyond Freiburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken to open the scoring 

Thomas Muller reacts to a missed Bayern opportunity as they search for further goals 

Bayern celebrate their win in front of their fans at the final whistle on Saturday afternoon

The visitors decided to sit deep and absorb Bayern’s pressure after half-time while looking for a counter-punch but they almost conceded a second when Goretzka stuck the post with a low shot following Leroy Sane’s dummy.

Goretzka came close moments later but Lewandowski made sure of Bayern’s win in the 75th minute with his 60th goal of the calendar year, a close range finish after good work by Davies down the left.

Though Haberer pulled one back in stoppage time, Bayern held out for another win.

Match facts 

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer (c); Sule, Upamecano, Hernandez (Nianzou 84), Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka (Tolisso 71); Coman (Gnabry 66), Muller (Musiala 71), Sane (Choupo-Moting 84); Lewandowski

Substitutes not used: Fruchtl (GK); Pavard, Richards, Stanisic

Manager: Julian Nagelsmann Scorers: Goretzka 30; Lewandowski 75

Freiburg (3-4-3): Flekken; Gulde (Demirovic 80), Lienhart, N. Schlotterbeck; Kubler (Sildillia 80), Eggestein (Haberer 73), Hoffer, Gunter; Jeong (Schade 59), Holger, Grifo

Substitutes not used: Uphoff (GK); Burkart, Heintz, Keitel, K. Schlotterbeck

Manager: Christian Streich Scorer: Haberer 90+3

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