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League leaders FCB self-critical despite win

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Five minutes after the final whistle on Saturday, a huge cheer rang out at the Allianz Arena. The video screen displayed the league table, with Bayern in first place. Had the game finished some 20 or so minutes earlier, that would not have been the case. Visitors Freiburg were leading 1-0, and FCB would have been overtaken by Schalke, who beat Stuttgart 2-1 on Friday. Arjen Robben prevented that from happening.

In the space of just seven minutes, the Netherlands star twice blasted the ball into the Freiburg net, with a 76th-minute free-kick and 83rd-minute penalty. Bayern kept Schalke at bay and remained top with a 2-1 win. “We can consider ourselves extremely lucky that we ended up winning,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said afterwards. Christian Nerlinger was “just delighted we’ve come away with three points.”