Bayern Munich continued their dominating run in the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Freiburg in the heart of Munich. The win now puts Munich's record in the league to 12 straight victories as they sit atop of the division with a healthy 16-point lead over Bayer Leverkusen, at the time of writing.
Oddly enough it was Freiburg who began the game with brighter ambitions as they took the task to Bayern and made the home side very uncomfortable in the first 10 minutes. Felix Klaus' blocked shot in the seventh-minute looked destined for the back of Manuel Neuer's net, while Jonathan Schmid and Matthias Ginter came close just minutes later.
Yet, as seems to always be the case these days, Bayern ultimately came through before too long when a Diego Contento cross found a lingering Dante in the Freiburg box on the stroke of the 20th-minute. The Brazilian defender threw his head at the ball and it proved enough to sneak in through Oliver Baumann's best attempts. Bayern had turned the game on its head and were now ready to dominate.
As such more goals were already on their way when young Xherdan Shaqiri grabbed a quick double through the help of Claudio Pizarro's wonderful flick on for the first and Toni Kroos' expert cut back for the second. The young Swiss forward looked over the moon with his goals and so he should be—they all but confirmed the points for Bayern today.
The second half then kicked off with a notable drop in tempo as both sides had since then undoubtedly accepted the fate of the game.
With the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger and late appearances from Mario Goetze and Daniel Van Buyten the game then descended into what one could only describe as a mutual appreciation of the win at hand. Bayern passed the ball with all the confidence and precision of a training match while their opponents simply obliged the ceremony.
Freiburg came close on occasion to pulling one goal back as a mere consolation but it was again Bayern who eventually found the net through Pizarro just two minutes from full-time with a wonderful solo run and finish.
Bayern had won again in a match that unfortunately had resorted to a simple canter.
Here's what we took from today's game.