Plucky Freiburg earned a last-gasp draw Tuesday at home to a Bayern Munich side that had been heavily rotated ahead of Friday’s UEFA Super Cup contest against Chelsea.
In truth, despite trailing the reining Bundesliga champions in both passing and possession categories, the hosts were well worth their point. At no time did the Bayern defense look particularly comfortable, and even typically reliable midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger gave the ball away on a number of occasions during the first half.
Still, it was Bayern who took the lead in the 33rd minute after Thomas Muller’s ball across the face of goal was slammed into the back of the net by Xherdan Shaqiri. Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, who was otherwise spectacular on this night, scuffed his goal-kick leading up to the goal, and after receiving Muller’s pass, Shaqiri took one slight touch before placing his shot inside the near post.
Bayern settled as much as they would after going in front, but Freiburg continued to test them on the counterattack.
Eventually, it was a pair of second-half substitutions who combined for the equalizer—Mike Hanke starting a play that ended with Nicolas Hofler’s finish past Bayern ‘keeper Manuel Neuer after some good work from Oliver Sorg.
Key Player Grades
Xherdan Shaqiri: A-
The Switzerland international was the best Bayern attacker against Freiburg and capped his performance with a goal just after the hour mark. He persistently troubled the opposition's defense and might have got off at least two or three more shots on target had teammates Claudio Pizarro and Mario Gotze been more useful in combining with him in the attacking third.
Oliver Baumann: A
The Freiburg goalkeeper was worth two points to his side on this night. In the 73rd minute, he twice denied Muller from scoring what looked to be the easiest of goals.
Bayern will next face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup before dispersing for the international break. Their next Bundesliga match will take place Sept. 14 when Hannover visit Allianz Arena. Freiburg, meanwhile, will return from the next round of World Cup qualifiers with a match away to Augsburg.
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