Bayern Munich interrupted Freiburg’s 11-game unbeaten record on Sunday with a 5-0 triumph.
The German record champions had control from the start, with Alphonso Davies’ attempt well short of the target after five minutes.
Bayern scored their first goal in the 13th minute when Freiburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken deflected Leroy Sane’s shot into the path of Serge Gnabry, who pushed in from close range.
Gnabry challenged Flekken in the 21st minute before Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored off Sane’s feed to make it 2-0 at the half-hour mark.
Sane stayed in the heart of things after the restart, as the German international benefitted from Choupo-superb Moting’s build-up work and slid home with a low shot in the 53rd minute.
The visitors were unable to mount any response, whilst Bayern pressed relentlessly, with Gnabry’s cutback allowing Sadio Mane to chip the ball over an onrushing Flekken two minutes later.
The fourth goal destroyed Freiburg’s resistance, but Bayern didn’t stop there, making it 5-0 as Gnabry’s blocked shot found substitute Marcel Sabizter, who pounced onto the loose ball to complete the home victory.
As a result, reigning champions Bayern Munich have closed the deficit on leaders Union Berlin to four points.
“The boys played very well today. All the boys staged a concentrated performance. I am very proud and satisfied with the deserved 5-0 victory,” said Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
“We had no chance against Bayern today. We couldn’t hold the pace and Bayern were too fast. We simply weren’t good enough. We played offensively minded, because that is our style of play, and had swallowed five goals against Bayern,” said Freiburg head coach Christian Streich.
Sane gets injured
Bayern Munich striker Leroy Sané has been ruled out “for the time being” after damaging his left thigh, according to the German club.
According to medical investigations, Sané tore a left thigh muscle during Sunday’s 5-0 triumph over Freiburg.
It didn’t say how long Sané would be absent, only that “FC Bayern will be without Leroy Sané for the time being.” Sané played 76 minutes and scored in Freiburg’s triumph.
Bayern will play Augsburg in the second round of the German Cup on Wednesday, before travelling to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday and Barcelona in the Champions League the following week.