Two Robert Lewandowski goals earned FC Bayern München all three points in their first outing of 2017, as they came from behind to win 2-1 at SC Freiburg.
Sport-Club Freiburg 1-2 FC Bayern München
Freiburg adjusted to the icy conditions quicker and slipped in front in the fourth minute when Janik Haberer was picked out by Vincenzo Grifo's delicate chip, and he shot low past Manuel Neuer. The hosts had a spring in their step and Florian Niederlechner's effort had Neuer diving to make a save. At the other end, Alexander Schwolow was given his first test by Arturo Vidal in the 27th minute. Mike Frantz then diverted a Lewandowski effort over the crossbar, but there was nothing the Freiburg defence could do to prevent the Pole from bringing Bayern level from the resulting corner.
Arjen Robben warmed Schwolow's palms with a curling effort which signalled a greater urgency in Bayern's game, but Freiburg held firm, limiting the league leaders to seeking scraps around the penalty area. Urged on by the home crowd, Maximilian Philipp unleashed a long-distance shot which flashed just wide of the far post as the hosts almost snatched a late winner, but it was Bayern who had the last laugh as Lewandowski scored his second in second-half stoppage time to break Freiburg's hearts and consolidate Bayern's place at the top of the Bundesliga.
Watch: Lewandowski reflects on tough night:
Man of the match
Lewandowski showed exactly why he is so valuable to Bayern, feeding on crumbs, but still filling his and Bayern's stomachs with two clinical strikes worthy of three points.
Lewandowski moved up the scoring charts with his 13th and 14th goals of the season, and that was enough to take him to second on the list of all-time top foreign goalscorers, ahead of another Bayern legend Giovane Elber.
- Bayern conceded within the first 15 minutes for the fourth time this season – more than any other club in the Bundesliga.Lewandowski's 134th and 135th Bundesliga goals took him ahead of Giovane Elber as the second most prolific foreign goalscorer in Bundesliga history, behind Claudio Pizarro.For the first time this season, Freiburg failed to pick up at least a point after taking the lead in a game (previously seven wins and two draws).
Freiburg: Schwolow – Stenzel (Kübler 83'), Gulde, Torrejon, Günter – Frantz, Philipp, Grifo, Höfler – Haberer (Bulut 80') – Niederlechner (Petersen 70')
Coach: Christian Streich
Bayern: Neuer – Alaba (Bernat 71'), Hummels, Martínez, Lahm – Alonso, Vidal (Kimmich 55') – Costa (Ribery 71'), Robben, Müller – Lewandowski
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti