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2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Vincenzo Grifo (58')
  • Robert Lewandowski (16')
  • Joshua Zirkzee (90'+2')
  • Serge Gnabry (90'+5')

Bayern Munich saved by stoppage-time goals at Freiburg

Joshua Zirkzee and Serge Gnabry scored stoppage-time goals to give Bayern Munich a 3-1 win at Freiburg on Wednesday.

Bayern, who moved up to third in the table, got off to a strong start, hitting the post through Thomas Muller before Robert Lewandowski's 19th league goal of the season gave them the lead in the 16th minute.

Freiburg, however, gradually gained control of the midfield, attacking with greater ease as Bayern were punished once more for their complacency.

Vincenzo Grifo volleyed in to level on the hour, completing a superb attacking move from the hosts, who missed several more scoring chances as the Bayern defence looked shaky.

Late substitute Zirkzee, the 18-year-old Netherlands youth international, then slipped into the box and slotted in from close range before Gnabry added another.

Bayern are third on 30 points, ahead of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund on goal difference, while Borussia Monchengladbach joined RB Leipzig at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Paderborn.

The Bundesliga will break after this weekend's action and will resume in mid-January following its traditional winter pause.

"It was a game with many ups and downs. Fortunately, with a happy finish in the end," Bayern interim coach Hans Flick told reporters. "At the end we had a bit of luck. Freiburg played well, they put us under pressure."

On his decision to bring on Zirkzee in stoppage time, Flick said he wanted the Dutchman to be in the mix should a cross be floated into the box.

"I thought if a cross comes in then he could put it in. He has been with us [from the reserves] for the past three weeks and his development is very noticeable."

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +68 82
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +43 69
3 RB Leipzig 34 +44 66
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 +26 65
5 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +17 63
6 TSG Hoffenheim 34 0 52
7 VfL Wolfsburg 34 +2 49
8 SC Freiburg 34 +1 48
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 -1 45
10 Hertha Berlin 34 -11 41
11 FC Union Berlin 34 -17 41
12 Schalke 04 34 -20 39
13 Mainz 34 -21 37
14 FC Cologne 34 -18 36
15 FC Augsburg 34 -18 36
16 Werder Bremen 34 -27 31
17 Fortuna Düsseldorf 34 -31 30
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 -37 20