Heynckes makes winning Bayern return with Freiburg demolition
Jupp Heynckes made a winning return to the Bayern Munich bench on Saturday with the German champions crushing Freiburg 5-0 for their first win in three league matches.
The emphatic victory moved second-placed Bayern, who take on Celtic in the Champions League next week, two points behind undefeated leaders Borussia Dortmund, who are on 19 and host RB Leipzig later on Saturday.
The 72-year-old Heynckes, in his fourth stint at the club, took over last week from the sacked Carlo Ancelotti with the club having failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions.
Heynckes, who led Bayern to the 2013 treble, could have not picked more appropriate opponents, with Freiburg having never won in Munich and having lost 13 of their 15 previous league matches in the Bavarian capital before Saturday.
The hosts needed only eight minutes to take the lead with Freiburg's Julian Schuster's second own goal in consecutive matches following a flowing passing move from the hosts.
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Kingsley Coman's diving header after Arjen Robben had his effort palmed away in the 42nd minute gave them a two-goal cushion but instead of wasting it as they had done in their last two league games where they ended up drawing 2-2, Bayern cruised to victory.
Thiago Alcantara capped an outstanding personal performance with a goal, his powerful low shot beating keeper Alexander Schwolow just past the hour before forward Robert Lewandowski pounced on a defensive error to take his goal tally to nine.
Bayern completed the rout in stoppage time with Joshua Kimmich scoring on the break.
"It was very important to have a good start," Heynckes told reporters. "This gives a lot of support and self confidence and security.
"In our current position we should not overestimate the 5-0 victory but it was positive that the team kept wanting to score again after the 2-0. It was a positive start but we still have a lot of work in front of us."
Champions League clubs Dortmund and Leipzig both had a player sent off in the second half in an entertaining match with the visitors in control throughout.
Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice but Dortmund conceded three goals, one more than the total in the seven previous league matches, to end their unbeaten home run.
The Gabon international put the hosts ahead after four minutes but Leipzig, playing without leading striker Timo Werner, struck three times before the dismissal of Stefan Ilsanker.
His departure levelled the playing field after Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off two minutes after the restart.
Aubameyang pulled one back through a penalty in the 64th for his 10th goal of the season but it was not enough to avoid defeat.
"It was a gripping game but not a great one and certainly not good football," Dortmund coach Peter Bosz said. "We played a very bad first half."
Hoffenheim dropped to fourth after twice leading against Augsburg but conceding a last-gasp goal to earn a 2-2 draw that left them on 15 points. Leipzig are third on 16.