Two goals from Robert Lewandowski ensured champions Bayern Munich made it 12 Bundesliga wins in a row for the first time since 2014 after a 3-1 victory over Freiburg on Saturday.
With their eighth-straight Bundesliga title already sewn up, Bayern took the lead in the 16th minute through Joshua Kimmich, before Lewandowski netted his 32nd goal of the season in the 24th minute to double his side’s advantage.
Jonas Holer’s tap in nine minutes later did make a game of it for a moment, but this Bayern team do not relent, and three minutes later Lewandowski, who else, restored Bayern’s two-goal advantage.
Bayern took their foot off the gas in the second half, cruising to another three points that keeps them 10 points clear atop the Bundesliga with one game to play.
Victory over Werder Bremen last Tuesday made sure of that 30th German title for Bayern, but Hansi Flick, while rotating a few, still named a strong side against Freiburg, and immediately first-team regulars Lewandowski and Kimmich combined to give Bayern the lead.
Joshua Kimmich celebrate with his team mates after he scores the opening goal
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Soon enough it was two, with Muller’s shot well saved, only for the predator extraordinaire Lewandowski to pounce to head home from close range.
Holer’s back-post finish out of nowhere was then immediately cancelled out by Lewandowski, who just cannot miss at the moment.
After the break, Freiburg pressed to get back into it, with Luca Waldschmidt having three openings after coming off the bench, but the result was never in doubt.
Will Bayern reach that record goals tally? It is all about breaking records with the title secured for Bayern. The Bundesliga record for most goals in a single campaign is 101 set by Bayern themselves in 1971/72. With one game to go, it is a tall order to better that, but with Lewandowski chasing individual records, breaking the 100 mark at least is not beyond them.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Robert Lewandowski. There is no better No 9 in world football at the moment. His goals against Freiburg means he is the first non-German player to score over 31 goals in a Bundesliga season. His hold-up play is exceptional, and suits Bayern down to the ground – his assist for the opener exemplified such. With a German Cup final and Champions League to come, the goals will likely continue to flow for the Pole.
Bayern: Ulreich 6, Pavard 7, Martinez 6, Boateng 7, Hernandez 6, Kimmich 8, Goretzka 7, Müller 7, Cuisance 6, Singh 6, Lewandowski 9... Subs: Coman 6, Zirkzee 6, Richards N/A, Musiala N/A.
Freiburg: Schwolow 7, Schmid 7, Lienhart 6, Heintz 6, Günter 6, Keitel 5, Tempelmann 5, Höfler 6, Grifo 6, Petersen 5, Höler 7... Subs: Abrashi N/A, Frantz 6, Waldschmidt 7, Itter 6, Kwon 7.
16’ - GOOOOOOAAAALLLLl!!!! Bayern 1-0 Freiburg. It has been coming, with Kimmich giving the champions the lead.
24’ - GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Bayern 2-0 Freiburg. Death, taxes and a Robert Lewandowski goal. Business as usual for Bayern and their leading marksman. Kimmich lays a perfect pass into Goretzka, whose fierce shot it well saved, but guess who is on hand to head home? 32 league goals for the season now for Lewandowski.
33. - GGGOOOOOAAALLLLLL!!! Bayern 2-1 Freiburg. Well, well, well. Lucas Holler gets the visitors back in it. Out of nowhere, Jonathan Schmid finds himself in, fires for goal from the angle, Ulreich blocks, but only diverts the ball across for Holer, who taps home at the far post. Game on!
37’ - GOOOOOAALLLLLL!!! Bayern 3-1 Freiburg. Well that didn't last long, as yes, you guessed it, Lewandowski restores Bayern's two-goal advantage. Superb counter-attack by Bayern, with Goretzka releasing Hernandez down the left wing and he drills a terrific ball into the six-yard box, which Lewandowski gets to ahead of his marker and pokes it past Schwolow and into the back of the net.
44’ - SAVE! Super, one-handed stop from Schwolow to deny Muller. That was heading for the top corner.
85’ - WOODWORK! Almost a fourth for Bayern, but Coman's fierce strike rattles the crossbar and comes back out.
Bayern have now scored 100 goals under Hansi Flick
Thomas Muller made his 350th Bundesliga appearance, becoming the eighth Bayern player to reach that total for the club in the competition.