Bundesliga

Bayern Munich 2-1 Freiburg: Player ratings as Die Roten end visitors' unbeaten start

Max Parsons
Bayern beat Freiburg 2-1 on Saturday
Bayern beat Freiburg 2-1 on Saturday / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages
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Strikes from Leon Goretzka and Robert Lewandowski were enough to earn Bayern Munich a 2-1 victory over previously-unbeaten Freiburg on Saturday afternoon.

It was a very open first half as both sides saw opportunities to open the scoring, though it was Bayern who broke the deadlock after half an hour. Once put through on goal by Thomas Muller, Goretzka showed brilliant composure to slot past Mark Flekken.

Julian Nagelsmann's men got a firm grip on the game as time progressed and thoroughly controlled possession throughout the second half. Their domination eventually paid off with 15 minutes to go as Alphonso Davies' cut back was flicked towards goal for the awaiting Lewandowski to tap home for Bayern's 100th league goal of the calendar year.

Substitute Corentin Tolisso produced a moment of magic in stoppage time, lofting a chipped effort over Flekken from range. A VAR check, however, determined that Eric Maxim Coupo-Moting had been offside in the build up.

Instead, it was Freiburg who grabbed a late goal. Janik Haberer capitalised on some weak defending by Tanguy Nianzou, before smashing past Manuel Neuer.

Despite the late unease, the hosts saw out the 2-1 victory to end Freiburg's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season and push themselves onto 28 points after matchday 11. Now, let's see how Die Roten rated.

Bayern Munich player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

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Alphonso Davies battling hard / CHRISTOF STACHE/GettyImages

Manuel Neuer (GK) - 6/10 - Had to stay alert as Freiburg always stayed positive, and made an unbelievable save late on. Couldn't quite maintain his clean sheet, however.

Niklas Sule (RB) - 6/10 - Largely uninvolved in the attacking phase of play but remained unwaveringly resilient on the back foot.

Dayot Upamecano (CB) - 7/10 - Composed on the ball and colossal off it. Read his opposition perfectly and proved impenetrable. Given his size, his pace on the cover is astounding.

Lucas Hernandez (CB) - 7/10 - Brilliant defensive positioning to cut out the danger in his own area as well as stepping forward to nick possession, winning four aerials and making eight defensive interventions throughout.

Alphonso Davies (LB) - 7/10 - Blistering when surging upfield, testing the goalkeeper a couple of times and eventually making his presence in the final third count with a huge contribution to Bayern's second.

2. Midfielders

Joshua Kimmich (CM) - 7/10 - Masterful with his distribution and playmaking, always remaining so elegant and composed while managing two key passes.

Leon Goretzka (CM) - 9/10 - Industrious and physical in midfield, tenaciously battling with his aggressive opposition to make three ball recoveries. Intelligent play in advanced areas too, grabbing the opening goal. A fantastic all-rounder with a brilliant all-encompassing outing.

Thomas Muller (AM) - 7/10 - Always an option to his colleagues. Elusive in his movement, constantly picking out space, and made it count with yet another assist.

3. Forwards

Kingsley Coman (RW) - 6/10 - Direct and menacing in his play, constantly aiming to run at his man. Was unable to provide a clinical final product.

Robert Lewandowski (ST) - 7/10 - Linked up with colleagues well, managing one key pass, but was unusually quiet in front of goal. That's not to say he didn't score, of course. Got a second-half tap in to seal the win.

Leroy Sane (LW) - 6/10 - So dangerous with the ball at his feet, seeming to effortlessly weave his way through challenges. Creatively bright and a threat to Flekken's goal, and will claim the assist for Lewandowski's goal.

4. Substitutes

Serge Gnabry (RW) - 6/10

Jamal Musiala (AM) - 6/10

Corentin Tolisso (CM) - 6/10

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (ST) - 6/10

Tanguy Nianzou (CB) - 5/10

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