SC Freiburg 0 – Bayern Munich 2

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SC Freiburg captain JULIAN SCHUSTER (right), the 27-year-old veteran who started his senior professional career with Swabian club Vfb Stuttgart but transferred to the Baden-Wuerttemberg outfit in the summer of 2008, is pursued by Germany international winger THOMAS MUELLER of Bayern Munich during the sold-out Bundesliga match witnessed by 24,000 spectators at the modest Mage Solar Stadion in the city of Freiburg im Bressigau.
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11/28/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 14

0 – SC FREIBURG
2 – BAYERN MUNICH ———— Mueller pen 12′, Tymoshchuk 79′

An early goal from the penalty spot and an expulsion all inside the first twenty minutes allowed the runaway league leaders to play a patient, possession-oriented game as visiting BAYERN MUNICH professionally saw off host SC FREIBURG 2-0 and maintained its wide lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

The record German champions got off to a fast start in the match contested in a constant rain after SC Freiburg’s youthful right back OLIVER SORG was whistled for a handball while defending in the box against Bayern Munich’s fabulous France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY. In-form Germany international winger THOMAS MUELLER confidently stepped up and blew his spot kick right past the diving SC Freiburg netminder OLIVER BAUMANN to record his eighth goal in the Bundesliga this season. Mueller, the talented youth team product who had scored 25 goals in his first two full campaigns with the traditional Bavarian giants, had slumped to seven goals despite playing in all 34 Bundesliga matches for Bayern Munich last term.

Shortly thereafter, Bayern Munich’s versatile Switzerland international XHERDAN SHAQIRI had worked himself into a fantastic scoring position but was intentionally fouled by SC Freiburg’s Senegalese central defender DIAGNE FALLOU. The referee in charge FLORIAN MEYER of Burgdorf had no other correct choice other than to leave the hosts short a man a scant 18 minutes into the Bundesliga match. To the credit of trainer CHRISTIAN STREICH’s side, though, SC Freiburg would both recover and reorganize well after this setback and certainly ward off any rout that some might have thought coming for the final seventy or so minutes.

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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY (7) of Bayern Munich points an accusatory finger at SC Freiburg’s expelled Senegalese central defender DIAGNE FALLOU as match referee FLORIAN MEYER of Burgdorf brandishes the straight red card during the Bundesliga match at the soggy Mage Solar Stadion in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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The hosts were very lucky to not concede a second goal just before the halftime break, however, after the header of Bayern Munich’s Brazilian center back DANTE, who had just scored his very first goal for the Bavarian club in their last Bundesliga match opposite Hannover 96, smashed harmlessly off the crossbar at the Mage Solar Stadion.

Germany internatioanl MARIO GOMEZ, the 27-year-old striker who paced Bayern Munich with 41 goals in all competitions last term including an impressive twenty-six in the Bundesliga alone, made his very first appearance of this 2012/13 season with the Bavarian Startelf after being selected by trainer JUPP HEYNCKES. “Super Mario”, of course, had scored his very first goal of this term almost immediately after coming on as a substitute in the preceding contest against Hannover 96 but was not able to have quite the same affect against SC Freiburg in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Eventually, Gomez was withdrawn in favor of aging Peru international striker CLAUDIO PIZARRO, the 34-year-old who is still searching for a first goal in the German top flight this season, himself, after scoring 18 times in 29 Bundesliga matches for Werder Bremen last season.

SC Freiburg midfielder MAX KRUSE, the 24-year-old, former Germany youth international who began his senior professional career with Werder Bremen and signed for the Baden-Wuerttemberg club just this summer from 2.Bundesliga side FC St. Pauli of Hamburg, had a very good chance to equalize for the outnumbered home side around the hour mark but Bayern Munich’s Germany international MANUEL NEUER stuck out his arm to halt the danger.

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Germany international first choice MANUEL NEUER (1) did all that was required of him in the match against SC Freiburg at the Mage Solar Stadion in Baden-Wuerttemberg and fashioned a 10th shutout in 14 Bundesliga contests this season for table-toppers Bayern Munich in the process.
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ANATOLY TYMOSHCHUK, the highly-experienced, national team captain of the Ukraine who has already piled up 123 caps in his career, was also sent on as a substitute in the second half by Heynckes and added an all-important insurance strike with a little over ten minutes to play. Bayern Munich captain and Germany international fullback PHILIPP LAHM unlocked an attempted SC Freiburg offsides trap with an excellent pass that allowed the aging, 34-year-old midfielder to step around SC Freiburg goalkeeper Baumann and slot home, then. For Tymoshchuk, who has been at Bayern Munich since signing from Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer of 2009, the goal marked his first for Bayern Munich in any competition since neting for the Bavarians in a 3-0 triumph over Swiss club FC Basel in a UEFA Champions League match on December 10, 2010.

Tymoshchuk, the defensively-reliable veteran who made 23 appearances for in the German top flight and contested a total of 39 matches in all competitions for Bayern Munich but did not score a goal for Bayern Munich last season, had not found the back of the net for the record German champions in the Bundesliga since striking twice for the Bavarians in a 4-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on November 27, 2010.

The visitors’s victory over SC Freiburg on the road in Baden-Wuerttemberg marked the Bavarians’ twelfth triumph in 14 Bundesliga outings this term and means that the record German champions have clinced the mythical title of HERBSTMEISTER for this 2012/13 campaign — the 18th time in the 50-year history of the Bundesliga that Bayern Munich have claimed that certain honorary award which translates basically into “autumn master”.

Bayern Munich’s ultimate goal in the Bundesliga, though, as is the case every single year without the slightest thought of question, would be the championship plate known as the Meisterschale.

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Democratic Republic of Congo international midfielder CEDRIC MAKIADI of SC Freiburg, the 28-year-old native of Kinshasa who has spent his entire professional football career playing for a handful of clubs in Deutschland, shields the ball from Bayern Munich’s Switzerland international XHERDAN SHAQIRI during the Bundesliga match at the Mage Solar Stadion in the southwestern German state of Badem-Wuerttemberg.
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SC FREIBURG : Baumann – Sorg, Flum, Diagne, Hedenstad – Schmid, Schuster, Makiadi (Lais 82′), Caligiuri – Rosenthal (Freis 89′), Kruse

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Dante, Badstuber, Alaba – Martinez, Kroos (Rafinha 75′) – Mueller, Shaqiri (Tymoshchuk 64′), Ribery – Gomez (Pizarro 58′)

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