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“Panicized” Bayern Munich held in Freiburg to boost Bayer Leverkusen’s title hopes | Football news


Bayern Munich were held to a 2-2 draw at Freiburg on Friday, equalizing in the 87th minute. Lucas Hoeler gives leaders Bayer Leverkusen a chance to take a 10-point lead. Mathys Tel’s stunning effect in the 35th minute canceled out a superb first match from the Friborg captain. Christian Günter, before Jamal MusialaThe spectacular solo effort appeared to have clinched Bayern all three points. Hoeler had other ideas, however, volleying into a crowded Bayern penalty area and heading past a helpless goal. Neuer manual.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel criticized his players’ “body language and lack of bite” in the first half hour, telling DAZN “we played completely without structure, without discipline and were not not in our positions.”

Describing his team as “panicked,” Tuchel said: “We did things that we never coached, that we never talked about.

“We played like it was the 85th minute and we were down a goal.”

Musiala told DAZN he felt “frustrated.”

“Since I’ve been at Bayern, I think we have to win and we hate losing. We want to win the Bundesliga, we want to win titles,” he said.

Bayern have now failed to win away from home in four matches dating back to January in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

Tuchel’s side face Lazio at home in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, looking ahead to an early exit with a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Rome.

“Simply instinctive”

Xabi AlonsoUndefeated Bayer Leverkusen can move 10 points clear of the Bavarians with victory against lowly Cologne in their derby on Sunday as they aim for a first-ever Bundesliga title.

“We played a good match,” Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo told DAZN. “It is clear that we have to suffer against Bayern.”

Günter put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes, firing a spinning rocket from outside the box and into the bottom right corner of the goal.

The goal was the Friborg captain’s first of the season and the club’s only strike from outside the box this campaign.

Not content with allowing Guenter to dominate the highlights, Tel hit back with a dream goal, scoring a long-range effort in his second league start this season.

With 15 minutes remaining, and Bayern dominating possession but failing to create clear chances, Musiala dribbled past three Freiburg defenders and fired a low shot into the right corner.

“Just instinctive,” Musiala said of the goal. “You try, you dribble and see what you can create.”

Despite their lead, Bayern became passive, falling deep to maintain their slim lead.

With just three minutes remaining in regulation, Hoeler held off several Bayern defenders and volleyed a volley past Neuer and into the goal.

The draw spoiled the first day of work for Bayern sporting director Max Eberl, who said at his unveiling this week that the team would still push Leverkusen for the title.

This point allows Freiburg to finish the evening in ninth place in a very busy Bundesliga table, with only five points separating seventh and 15th places.

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