1. goal
    81'Serge Gnabry
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Freiburg
SC Freiburg
(0:0)
  1. goal
    89'Lucas Höler
  1. goal
    81'Serge Gnabry
  2. goal
    89'Lucas Höler
  1. yellow card
    79'Rafinha
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Freiburg
SC Freiburg
(0:0)
  1. yellow card
    79'Alexander Schwolow
  1. yellow card
    79'Rafinha
  2. yellow card
    79'Alexander Schwolow
  1. substitution
    63'Franck Ribéry for Arjen Robben
  2. substitution
    71'Thomas Müller for James Rodríguez
  3. substitution
    83'Leon Goretzka for Serge Gnabry
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Freiburg
SC Freiburg
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  1. substitution
    67'Marco Terrazzino for Mike Frantz
  2. substitution
    84'Gian-Luca Waldschmidt for Tim Kleindienst
  3. substitution
    90'Philipp Lienhart for Lucas Höler
  1. substitution
    63'Franck Ribéry for Arjen Robben
  2. substitution
    67'Marco Terrazzino for Mike Frantz
  3. substitution
    71'Thomas Müller for James Rodríguez
  4. substitution
    83'Leon Goretzka for Serge Gnabry
  5. substitution
    84'Gian-Luca Waldschmidt for Tim Kleindienst
  6. substitution
    90'Philipp Lienhart for Lucas Höler
FC Bayern
FC Bayern Munich
Final
11
Freiburg
SC Freiburg
(0:0)
Stadium/AttendanceAllianz Arena, Munich75000 viewers
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Off-colour Reds held by stubborn Freiburg

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FC Bayern were held to a 1-1 draw by SC Freiburg on Saturday afternoon. The Bavarians struggled against the visitors' dogged defending for a long time, Serge Gnabry scoring the opener following a fine solo with ten minutes to go, but Lucas Höler levelled late.

The German record champions started with Manuel Neuer in goal and Rafinha, Niklas Süle, Jérôme Boateng and David Alaba in a back four. Joshua Kimmich moved from right-back to fill the holding role this time. Arjen Robben, Renato Sanches, James and Gnabry featured in midfield, with Robert Lewandowski as an orthodox centre-forward. Franck Ribéry and Thomas Müller took over from Robben and James midway through the second half, Leon Goretzka coming on for Gnabry in the closing stages.

No way through

The 75,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw the hosts go straight onto the front foot. A perceptive Rafinha through-ball found James in the box, but the Colombian was dispossessed before Gnabry saw an effort blocked, Lewandowski failing to connect with a dangerous Alaba cross. Freiburg defended very deep, Bayern camping out in their opponents' half but lacking the attacking thrust to break Freiburg down.

The German record champions increasingly resorted to efforts from distance, but James and Gnabry saw their shots blocked, Süle miscuing. Lewandowski soon ghosted past the rearguard, but netminder Alexander Schwolow proved equal to his effort from a tight angle. Another fine save against Robben meant the contest was goalless at half-time.

Late twist

Christian Streich's troops woke up after the interval, although the first chance fell to Bayern, James failing to convert a fine Alaba cross. The crowd fell silent when Freiburg had the ball in the back of the net, Tim Kleindienst connecting with a free-kick to head past Neuer, who had been little more than a spectator in the first half, but the linesman had his flag up for offside. Match official Felix Zwayer soon turned down Bayern's very good penalty shout for handball before James hit the side-netting.

Bayern remained dominant but still failed to find the final ball through the clutter of Freiburg players ahead of them. Lewandowski drew a strong save from Schwolow, who tipped the ball onto the bar, but a goal would not have counted because of a foul anyway. It took Bayern's outstanding individual quality to open the scoring, Serge Gnabry shining with a solo before slotting past Schwolow from 12 yards.

Later twist

The visitors upped the ante, Nicolas Höfler seeing a shot blocked, but Bayern found themselves shocked when Höler beat Bayern's rearguard to a cross from the left and scored a stoppage-time equaliser. Bayern went looking for a reply, but Freiburg were solid in defence, and Zwayer blew for full-time after Rafinha rifled wide from 18 yards.

The result means Bayern have 20 points from ten matches. Kovac' troops will be back in action in four days, when they entertain AEK in the Champions League before travelling to face Borussia Dortmund in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash next Saturday.

Live match report for fcbayern.comby Greg Salmen

FC Bayern - SC Freiburg 1-1 (HT: 0-0)

FC Bayern

Neuer – Rafinha, Süle, Boateng, Alaba – Kimmich – Robben (Ribéry 63), Sanches, James (Müller 71), Gnabry (Goretzka 83) – Lewandowski

Subs

Ulreich – Wagner, Hummels, Martínez

SC Freiburg

Schwolow – Stenzel, Gulde, Heintz, Günter – Haberer, Koch, Höfler, Frantz (Terrazzino 67) – Höler (Lienhart 90), Kleindienst (Waldschmidt 83)

Subs

Flekken – Kammerbauer, Ravet, Okoroji

Referee

Felix Zwayer (Berlin)

Attendance

75,000 (capacity)

Goals

1-0 Gnabry (80), 1-1 Höler (89)

Yellow Cards

Rafinha / Schwolow

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