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‘Things are looking up’

Bayern score and win to end unwanted run

Thomas Müller’s opener at the badenova stadium in Freiburg on Saturday finally ended Bayern’s 315-minute goal drought, prompting the 20-year-old to punch the air and bellow for joy. “It was partly relief, as we’d not scored for so long,” admitted Müller following Bayern’s largely comfortable and fully deserved 2-1 win away to promoted SC Freiburg.

Müller’s third league strike of the season laid the foundation for a crucial Munich success after an unwelcome streak of three games without a win. “All that mattered today was taking three points, and we did that fairly comfortably,” remarked general manager Uli Hoeneß. His satisfaction will have deepened later in the evening when second-placed Hamburg and leaders Bayer Leverkusen played out a goalless draw, moving Bayern to within six points of the pair at the top of the standings.