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Bayern 4 Freiburg 2

Blend of patience and passion earns the points

Bayern overcame their chronic shortage of league goals in emphatic style with an important home win over high-flying Freiburg, the men in red showing great patience in the first half and then exploding into life for long spells in the second.

The 69,000 capacity crowd at the Allianz Arena saw a generally ponderous first period, enlivened in stunning fashion by the opening goal from Martin Demichelis, called into the side as a stopgap after Holger Badstuber broke down in the warm-up. Mario Gomez doubled the advantage on the hour, but SCF sub Stefan Reisinger immediately pulled one back.

That stung Munich into action, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk driving home his maiden Bundesliga goal and Toni Kroos cracking in from distance. Sub Edson Braafheid put through his own goal before the end to give the score a slightly flattering look from a Freiburg point of view. Danijel Pranjic ended as a contender for man of the match after providing the assists for three of his side’s goals.

The ultimately routine victory takes the Bavarians up to a much more respectable seventh in the standings on 15 points from 10 games, although four other teams have the same total with the rest of the weekend fixtures still to play. The focus at the club now switches back to the Champions League and Wednesday’s trip to Romanian double winners CFR Cluj.