Created on 18-02-2012 at 00:00 AM
Prior to Saturday’s meeting with Freiburg, Bayern were the Bundesliga’s leading scorers with 49 goals and the home side had the worst defence with 47 conceded, but after an intense and absorbing 90 minutes, the form book was turned on its head as the league’s bottom club sealed a not undeserved draw against the off-colour men from Munich.
The 24,000 full house at the MAGE SOLAR stadium saw Jupp Heynckes’ side make heavy weather of the opening 45 minutes against the spirited home team, Thomas Müller volleying FCB’s only real chance of the half against Freiburg keeper Oliver Baumann.
Heynckes brought on Arjen Robben for the second half and the visitors instantly looked sharper, but the home side defended with colossal passion and tenacity, restricting Bayern to half-chances and ultimately hanging on for a point.
The disappointing draw means FCB slip to third spot in the Bundesliga on 45 points from 22 matches, four behind leaders Dortmund and one adrift of second-placed Mönchengladbach, the two Borussias both having won away from home in the afternoon. The Bavarians must now pick themselves up at once and turn their full attention to the Champions League and Wednesday’s first knockout round first leg trip to Basel, before returning to Bundesliga action next Sunday evening, when fourth-placed Schalke visit the Allianz Arena.