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Late Lewandowski Show Keeps Bayern Munich Top

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A super strike deep into injury-time from Robert Lewandowski rescued all three points for Bayern Munich at Frieburg.

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The Polish striker was near the penalty spot when he jumped up to expertly chest down Franck Ribery‘s high cross with his back to goal. Lewandowski turned sharply, flicked the ball up with his right foot and then still had enough balance to volley a low shot into the bottom corner with his left.

It was Lewandowski’s 14th league goal in 17 games this season and arguably one of the best of his career.

He had equalized in the 35th minute after German forward Janik Haberer put Freiburg ahead as early as the fourth, beating goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a powerful shot into the bottom left corner.

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Lewandowksi had barely figured before turning slowly in the box and allowing Mike Frantz to deflect his effort over the bar. The Poland striker appeared to be ever so slightly offside, something Freiburg would soon rue.

The 28-year-old Lewandowski smacked yet another chance over from close range from Brazil midfielder Douglas Costa‘s cross, but then made amends a minute later when he volleyed in the equalizer.

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He was just warming up and his outstanding winner took his Bayern tally to 22 for the season and 89 in 125 games since joining from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund at the start of the 2014-15 season.

Costa had been preferred to Ribery on the Bayern wing and was busy, although without delivering any real end product and was switched for the Frenchman in the second period.

Thomas Müller was again anonymous in the number 10 role while supposed midfield general Arturo Vidal went off after 54 minutes clutching his side to be replaced by Joshua Kimmich.

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Bayern were on top as the second half wore on and Robben had a good chance, cutting back onto his left in trademark style and forcing a smart save from Schwolow.

The game looked to be petering out in the last 20 minutes, due in part to the incessant cold, although Freiburg came close with Maximilian Philipp‘s rasping drive just wide.

Bayern looked to be heading for a draw in Freiburg as the Bundesliga returned from its mid-season break but Lewandowski had other ideas, brilliantly chesting down a Franck Ribery cross, taking another crucial little touch and firing into the corner of the net in stoppage time.

“I don’t think I had total control over the ball. I just tried my best to control it and get a shot away,” said the modest striker.

It was tough on promoted Freiburg but underlined just why Bayern Munich are league leaders, and indeed now winter champions. They have top class players who can turn a game with one instant of magical play.

As the German league resumed following the winter break, defending champion Bayern moved six points clear of RB Leipzig and Freiburg was eighth ahead of this weekend’s games.

Manager Carlo Ancelloti said: “The determination and character of my team pleased me today. That’s why we won the game in the end.”

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