FC Bayern Munchen went 20 points clear at the Bundesliga summit after they cruised to a 4-0 victory over SC Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion on Sunday.
Freiburg 0 Bayern 4
Ulreich keeps out Holer early on
Schwolow turns in Muller cross
Tolisso piledriver doubles Bayern’s lead
Wagner and Muller on target after break
Jupp Heynckes’ side scored twice in each half to extend their long unbeaten run in the league, but the Breisgau outfit defended well to limit them initially.
The breakthrough came midway in the first half with an own-goal from Alexander Schwolow, before Corentin Tolisso doubled Bayern’s lead soon afterwards. Second-half goals from Sandro Wagner and Thomas Muller sealed their 20th league victory of the campaign.
The hosts held their shape in the opening stages to keep the defending champions at bay and even created the first chance of the match on the counter when Lucas Holer was played in on goal by Janik Haberer in the 12th minute, but Sven Ulreich denied the January signing with his boot.
Christian Streich’s men had another sniff at goal five minutes later, but Pascal Stenzel fired well wide of the right post from distance after being set up by Nils Petersen.
Schwolow was called into action for the first time on 22 minutes as he held onto Thiago’s driven effort from outside the box, but the keeper had a hand in Bayern’s opener three minutes later.
Mats Hummels played in Muller with a ball over the top and after his initial pass across the face of goal rebounded back off Caglar Soyuncu, the forward’s second attempt was defected over the line by Schwolow.
Freiburg barely had time to recover when the Bavarians struck again on 28 minutes. Schwolow was well beaten on this occasion as Tolisso rifled a shot into the top-right corner of the net from long range.
Thiago threatened to stretch their advantage three minutes later with a shot that bounced off the turf and flew just wide of the left post from 19 yards out.
The Reds were firmly on the front foot at the interval and they continued to chip away at the home defence in the second half. It took the visitors just nine minutes to add to their tally as Wagner slotted home from close range after Juan Bernat’s prod from Muller’s clipped cross fell into the striker’s path.
Bernat then wasted two chances either side of the hour mark to get his name on the scoresheet as he fired wide of the left post from inside the area before missing the target with a header at the back post.
Muller made no mistake on 69 minutes, however, when he beat Schwolow at the near post from Joshua Kimmich’s cross on the right to wrap up all three points.