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MUNICH – Bayern Munich opened a four-point gap as Bundesliga leaders after defeating Freiburg 2-1 on Sunday and straightening the way after suffering a pair of defeats.
On a snowy day, Thomas Müller scored the winning goal in the 74th minute. Bayern avoided losing for the third consecutive game, something that has never happened in the cycle of coach Hansi Flick.
The reigning champions had just lost 3-2 to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the league and were eliminated from the German Cup by succumbing on penalties to second-division Holstein Kiel.
Even with Bayern’s stumbling blocks, their title rivals failed to capitalize.
When Bayern lost the week to Gladbach last week, their guard Leipzig fell to Borussia Dortmund and this Saturday did not go beyond the draw when they visited Wolfsburg. The ups and downs have also been the tonic of the third Bayer Leverkusen and the fourth Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead in the seventh minute as space was opened inside the box after receiving a pass from Müller.
Another Lewandowski shot was deflected to the crossbar in the 59th minute. Shortly after, Freiburg took a corner kick and substitute Nils Petersen scored on his first intervention by heading from the far post. Bayern have conceded at least one goal in 11 Bundesliga games since October.
When a draw was insinuated, Leroy Sané redirected Kingsley Coman’s center for Müller to define with a low shot.
Petersen slammed a shot off the crossbar for Freiburg in injury time.
Eintracht Frankfurt later faced Schalke, in what would be Serbian forward Luka Jovic’s first game in the Frankfurt shirt after returning to Germany on loan from Real Madrid.
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