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Kingsley Coman double helps Bayern Munich to defeat Freiburg

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 8 Oct 2023

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Kingsley Coman scored twice as Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory over Freiburg at the Allianz Arena.

Coman put the Bundesliga champions in front with a 12th-minute effort that it appeared he had intended as a cross.

Leroy Sane then netted his seventh club goal of the season in the 25th minute having been set up by Harry Kane, before a deflected second from Coman wrapped things up for Thomas Tuchel’s men with five minutes of normal time remaining.

It sees unbeaten Bayern – with 17 points from seven games – return to third place in the table, two points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who assumed top spot earlier on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Cologne.

Christian Streich’s Freiburg registered an early attempt on the hosts’ goal, with Lucas Holer firing off-target in the sixth minute but otherwise it was all Bayern in the opening stages.

And shortly after Alphonso Davies had blasted into the stand from a good position, Tuchel’s men took the lead when Coman’s apparent cross from the right flew over goalkeeper Noah Atubolu and in off the far post.

Kane went close to boosting his haul of nine goals in all competitions for the German champions since his summer move from Tottenham, drilling a low shot just wide twice in quick succession.

Bayern then extended their advantage with Kane the provider, Sane exchanging passes with the England captain and finishing past Atubolu from close range.

After Atubolu had to be alert to prevent a Manuel Gulde own goal, Bayern thought their dominance had yielded another goal for Sane in the 44th minute as he got the better of Merlin Rohl in the box and rifled into the top corner, but the effort was disallowed for offside following a VAR check.

As Bayern went in search of further goals after the break, Thomas Muller tried an acrobatic effort from Kane’s tee-up but sent his attempt wide, and Kane saw a volley inadvertently blocked his team-mate Leon Goretzka.

Coman almost got his second as he curled over the bar in the 68th minute, and another shot from the Frenchman then came back off Atubolu’s legs.

Tuchel subsequently replaced Kane and Muller with Mathys Tel and Jamal Musiala, who combined for Tel to finish in the 77th minute, but the flag was up for offside.

Five minutes later Goretzka cracked a shot against the post, before a third goal did arrive for Bayern when Coman’s shot went in off Philipp Lienhart.

Freiburg had the ball in the net two minutes later as Kiliann Sildillia headed in, but there was to be no consolation, with it ruled out as another offside effort.

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