Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm and veteran Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso capped off their illustrious Bundesliga careers in finest fashion, denting Freiburg’s Europa League hopes with a 4-1 win at the Allianz Arena.
Goals: 1-0 Robben (4’), 2-0 Vidal (73’), 2-1 Petersen (76’), 3-1 Ribery (90+1'), 4-1 Kimmich (90+3')
Bayern took the lead within the opening five minutes thanks to a pair of trademarks from a fractionally different duo of veteran star performers. The retiring Alonso picked out Robben on the right wing with a ranging pass that only Alonso could pull off, and the flying Dutch winger cut inside to curl yet another unstoppable shot into the far bottom corner for 1-0. The game settled after that explosive start, though Kingsley Coman was unlucky not to double Bayern’s lead before the interval after crashing an effort off the post.
Bayern dominated throughout and were unlucky not to pull further clear when Thomas Müller fired home from a Lahm cutback, but the goal was ruled out with the Bundesliga legend offside. Robben then crashed an effort off Schwolow’s crossbar as Freiburg held on. The winger went from near taker to maker soon after, though, squaring for Arturo Vidal to steer the second into the near corner. Former Bayern man Nils Petersen reduced the arrears with an angled finish but Bayern added gloss to the scoreline with substitutes Franck Ribery and Joshua Kimmich both turning home in injury time.
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Bayern will be delighted that Robben is not joining Lahm and Alonso in hanging up his boots. The 33-year-year-old remains as dangerous as ever, and his goal and two assists were just reward after another superlative display.
Bayern have been a joy to behold in Carlo Ancelotti’s maiden campaign at the helm. With Lahm and Alonso bidding a fond farewell, though, attention now turns to how the team will line up next season. The pair – with a combined age of 68 – have started 51 games between them this season. The once-in-a-generation talents will take some replacing.
- Robben’s opener was his 13th goal of the season.
- Bayern have scored in their last 53 competitive games at home - å run stretching back to April 2014.
- Freiburg have never won in Munich, with an all-time record of two draws and 15 defeats.
Bayern: Starke - Lahm (c) (Rafinha 87’), Boateng (Kimmich 11’), Alaba, Bernat – Alonso (Ribery 82’), Vidal - Robben, Müller, Coman - Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Freiburg: Schwolow – Ignjovski (Nielsen 88’), Kempf, Gulde, Günter - Höfler, Frantz (c) (Schuster 72’), Haberer (Petersen 88’) - Grifo, Philipp, Niederlechner
Coach: Christian Streich
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