Bayern Munich solidified their position atop the Bundesliga as they ended Freiburg’s unbeaten start with a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena.
Freiburg were the sole team yet to taste defeat in the league this season, but they were always second best against Julian Nagelsmann’s side on Saturday.
Leon Goretzka opened the scoring on the half hour and Bayern saw several chances to pad their lead go begging.
But Robert Lewandowski could hardly miss as he eventually made it 2-0, Bayern at least temporarily going four points clear of Borussia Dortmund in second despite Janik Haberer’s late consolation.
Freiburg’s defence had conceded only seven goals going into this game, but Bayern found consistent joy in carving a way through the backline.
Alphonso Davies was a menace down the left and forced saves from Mark Flekken twice in the opening six minutes before Lucas Holer could have put Freiburg ahead.
Holer should have done better as he fired wide and, after some fruitless probing from Leroy Sane, Goretzka punished Freiburg’s earlier profligacy with a confidently taken close-range finish at the end of another well-worked Bayern attack.
Only the right-hand post denied Goretzka a second as Bayern upped the ante in search of a second after the interval, with Sane then lashing over on the volley.
It was Sane who supplied the final pass as Lewandowski put the game beyond doubt. The Poland international tapped in from point-blank range after Sane had combined with Kingsley Coman, but there was late consolation for Freiburg, whose reward for a strong finish came in stoppage time as Haberer wriggled free in the box and beat a frustrated Manuel Neuer.
What does it mean? Bayern illustrate gulf in class
Freiburg came into the game just three points behind Bayern, but they have now won only one of their last 37 Bundesliga games against Die Roten, and the fact Nagelsmann’s team were able to maintain their dominance of this fixture while missing a string of chances was evidence of the gulf in class between two teams closely matched in the table.
Alphonso on the attack
Though he was not involved in either of Bayern’s goals, Davies set the tone early with his forays down the left and was superb throughout as an attacking threat. He finished with a game-high six key passes while only Lewandowski (11) had more touches in the opposition box than his nine.
Freiburg on the backfoot
Freiburg’s vaunted defence was in trouble right from the off and they were under near-constant pressure. Bayern attempted 29 shots, their highest total in a single Bundesliga game this season and finished with an expected goals (xG) tally of 3.45.
Bayern visit Augsburg after the international break on November 19. Freiburg host Eintracht Frankfurt two days later.