Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich, who came on at the start of the second half in place of Brazil international fullback Rafinha in an attempt to spark the offense, seeks to split the SC Freiburg midfield pair of DANIEL CALIGIURI (left) and Democratic Republic of the Congo international CEDRIC MAKIADI during the goalless Bundesliga draw at the Dreisamstadion in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
0 – SC FREIBURG
0 – BAYERN MUNICH
A courageous home side who had lost their leading goal-scorer this season over the Winterpause as well as their last thirteen matches in all competitions to the visiting record German champions played with a great sense of adventure and heart as bottom-of-the-table SC FREIBURG held mighty BAYERN MUNICH to a goalless draw in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich smashed SC Freiburg 7-0 earlier this fall and looked to have fashioned an eighth minute lead when Germany international HOLGER BADSTUBER headed home the free kick of national team constituent TONI KROOS. But the 22-year-old defender would be denied credit for his first strike of this 2011/12 season with the correct offsides call coming from the linesman. This would be all the closer that Germany national team trainer JOACHIM LOEW, SC Freiburg’s all-time leading Torjaeger who was in attendance at his old Dreisamstadion stomping grounds, would come to seeing a valid goal scored by one of his numerous Bavarian charges.
SC Freiburg, who still have not beaten Bayern Munich in 21 matches now dating back to March of 1996, sold Senegal international striker PAPISS CISSE (nine goals in the Bundesliga goals this term) to English Premier League side Newcastle United for the considerable fee of 12.0 million Euros last month. But this did not stop the Baden-Wuerttemberg club from seizing the initative and outshooting the Bavarians 6-0 over the first half an hour. Indeed, Bayern Munich did not manage its first attempt at goal until Brazil international right fullback RAFINHA sent his long-range effort wide in the 36th minute.
Bayern Munich’s Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER connected with a cross from France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY for a leaping volley at the far post just before halftime but SC Freiburg’s Germany U-21 international goalkeeper OLIVER BAUMANN was not about to add to his Bundesliga-leading total of 47 goals already conceded this season. In a bid to bolster the Bavarian attack, trainer JUPP HEYNCKES withdrew Rafinha in favor of Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN and Bayern Munich did respond with an increase in chances But Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ was virtually invisible throughout and would be, ultimately, exchanged for Croatia international IVICA OLIC with just over a quarter of an hour to go.
Robben, meanwhile, might have earned a penalty for the visitors after questionable contact with SC Freiburg’s French defender JONATHAN SCHMID in the 51st minute but match referee PETER GAGELMANN of Bremen decided not to blow his whistle; with twenty minutes remaining in the game, the Dangerous Dutchman had another wonderful opportunity following some good build-up work but would have his shot blocked.
24-year-old youth team product DANIEL CALIGIURI could have struck a late winner in the 83rd minute and delighted the partisan crowd of 24,000 at the modest ground in Freiburg im Breisgau but Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER was quick to make a diving save at the near post and preserve a point for underachieving Bayern Munich.
Austria international midfielder DAVID ALABA (27), the 19-year-old who has improved tremendously since spending the second half of last season out on loan with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, looks to poke the ball away from SC Freiburg midfielder JAN ROSENTHAL during the Bundesliga match at the Dreisamstadion in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
SC FREIBURG : Baumann – Sorg, Diagne (Guede 65′), Hoehn, Schmid – Rosenthal, Flum, Makiadi, Caligiuri – Santini (Reisinger 76′), Jendrisek (Dembele 81′)
BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha (Robben 46′), Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Alaba – Mueller, Kroos, Ribery – Gomez (Olic 73′)