Five-star Bayern batter slack Freiburg

Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane and Alphonso Davies

Mueez Ajao

– Bayern Munich blasted five goals past hapless Freiburg in a 5-0 Bundesliga demolition job on Sunday to leapfrog them into second place.

– The champions are now on 19 points, one ahead of third-placed Freiburg, who suffered their second league loss, and four behind leaders Union Berlin, who were 2-0 winners over Borussia Dortmund.

– Bayern, who squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Dortmund last week, quickly showed they meant business with Serge Gnabry heading in on the rebound after Freiburg keeper Mark Flekken had parried a close-range shot by Leroy Sane in the 13th minute.

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– The champions hogged possession and gradually upped the pressure with forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubling their lead after shaking off Matthias Ginter and threading a low shot inside the far post for his first league goal of the season.

– Freiburg, whose only previous league loss was back in August, hardly got a look in and did not get a shot on target in the entire first half.

– It was much of the same after the break with Bayern hitting the woodwork through Gnabry six minutes after the restart.

– Sane did a better job a minute later, whipping in a superb left-footed shot past Flekken to make it 3-0 before Sadio Mane’s chip over the keeper in the 55th killed off the game.

– Marcel Sabizter’s 80th-minute shot completed Bayern’s rout.

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