Robert Lewandowski broke Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s record for most goals in a Bundesliga season by a non-German national as champions Bayern Munich extended their unbeaten run to 19 league matches with victory over Freiburg.
Any hopes Freiburg had of Bayern being in party mode after their midweek title wrap were quickly dispelled as Thomas Müller shot wide and Sarpreet Singh drove over off a black-and-white shirt in a one-sided opening. The 29-time champions duly went ahead in the 16th minute when Lewandowski teed up Joshua Kimmich for a sweet side-footed finish from the edge of the box, before getting in on the act himself. Alexander Schwolow could only parry from Leon Goretzka following a brilliantly unorthodox piece of play from Müller, allowing Lewandowski to head in his 32nd Bundesliga goal of the season and set a new league record for a foreign-born player in the process. Lucas Höler reduced the arrears wholly against the run of play from close range, before Lewandowski turned in Lucas Hernandez's low cross to restore Bayern's two-goal cushion.
Müller drew a flying save from Schwolow shortly before the half-time whistle, and was involved in Bayern's first real opening of the second period. Michael Cuisance could only blaze his stand-in captain's lay-off over, though, at the end of a move that was crying out for precision, not power. Freiburg didn't fold, but they didn't seriously trouble Manuel Neuer-understudy Sven Ulreich either, with substitute Luca Waldschmidt thrashing wide his side's best move of the half. Bayern lacked the chutzpah that underpinned their every move earlier in the contest, but still continued to pick holes in the visiting defence as Hernandez shot wide and Müller combined with substitute Joshua Zirkzee to near-devastating effect. With the game sewn up, Hansi Flick afforded US U20 defender Chris Richards and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala their Bundesliga debuts in the closing stages. Freiburg, for their part, went home with their hopes of UEFA Europa League qualification dashed.
- Bayern have won 18 and drawn one of their 19 league matches since suffering their only defeats of the Flick era on Matchdays 13 and 14.
- The record champions have scored 96 times this season. Only twice has any team - Bayern themselves - scored more (101 in 1971/72 and 98 in 2012/13).
- Lewandowski joins Dieter Müller and Gerd Müller as one of three players to have scored 32 or more single-season Bundesliga goals.
- The Poland striker has now scored 17 goals in 16 games against Freiburg, including six braces.
- All four of Kimmich's goals this season have come from outside of the opposition penalty box.
- Singh made his full Bundesliga debut, following a cameo against Werder Bremen on Matchday 15. He is the first player of Indian descent and from New Zealand to play for Bayern in Germany's top flight.
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Bayern: Ulreich - Pavard, Martinez (Richards 84'), Boateng, Hernandez - Kimmich, Goretzka - Müller (c) (Musiala 88'), Cuisance (Zirkzee 64'), Singh (Coman 64') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Neuer, Odriozola, Jeong, Batista Meier
Out: Alaba (ankle), Coutinho (ankle), Davies (suspended), Gnabry (knock), Süle (match fitness), Tolisso (ankle)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Freiburg: Schwolow - Schmid, Lienhart, Heintz, Günter (c) (Abrashi 87') - Sallai (Kwon 46'), Keitel (Franz 64'), Höfler, Grifo (Itter 75') - Petersen, Höler (Waldschmidt 64')
Unused subs: Flekken, Schlotterbeck, Borello
Out: Gulde (muscular), Haberer (knock), Koch (back), Kübler (knee), Ravet (muscular)
Coach: Christian Streich