On Matchday 10 of the Bundesliga, defending champions Bayern Munich hosted second-place Freiburg. Bayern Munich has been in great goal-scoring form, having scored 15 total goals in their last four games across all competitions. After coming off a dominant midweek performance against Plzen, Bayern delivered an emphatic performance against Freiburg to extend unbeaten run to five games after the international break.
A fashion that Bayern is slowly becoming familiar with, the scoring opened up rather quickly. An amazing team effort that started with a through ball from Eric Choupo-Moting to find Alphonso Davies on the left flank. From there, the ball was crossed to Leroy Sane, who drew an impressive save from Freiburg keeper Mark Flekken but it was only deflected back into play. For his 70th Bundesliga goal, Serge Gnabry arrived late in the box with a strong header to grab the opening goal.
After conceding at Allianz Arena in just the 13th minute, this became the earliest goal Freiburg has conceded all season so far– the first goal inside 15 minutes. Just a few minutes later, a short corner from Freiburg gave them their closest goal-scoring opportunity this half. Center-back Matthias Ginter received the ball just outside the box. His deflected shot almost managed to bounce into the back of the net.
Gnabry was close to netting his second goal of the game in the 20th minute after consecutive crosses from Sadio Mane and Leon Goretzka led to the foot of the German forward. Flekken managed to deny Gnabry by making a terrific save.
The final bit of excitement of the half came with Choupo-Moting’s first goal of the season. In the 33rd minute, Sane played a clear-cut through ball to split the Freiburg defense to find Choupo-Moting one-on-one with Ginter. All it took was an excellent finish to double Bayern’s lead.
In the opening five minutes of the second half, Freiburg was putting great pressure, being the first to every loose ball. However, two consecutive yellow cards for Freiburg quickly changed the pace. In the 52nd minute, Leroy Sane scored their third goal. After cutting onto his favored left side, Sane played a quick one-two with Choupo-Moting, leaving him with quite a bit of space to fire a shot that curled perfectly into the goal.
Just three minutes later, with a brilliant aerial pass from Gnabry, Mane found his chance to add his name to the score sheet. Charging into the box and chipping the keeper, Mane’s managed to put the game beyond Freiburg.
To end the match with one last effort, the 80th minute saw Marcel Sabitzer add to the tally. Starting with a great run up the middle of the pitch from Gnabry, the ball was played into Mane who flicked it into the path of Sabitzer. The substitute had a calm and collected finish to curl the ball into the back of the net.
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The rest of the half seized to have much enthusiasm coming from either side. The game rounded off with a 5-0 win for Bayern Munich. Courtesy of this victor, Die Roten moved to second place in the table, four points behind league leaders Union Berlin. Bayern’s next game will be on Oct. 19 against Augsburg in the DFB Pokal.