Freiburg’s late equaliser ends perfect Bayern start

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 5:52am


European champions Bayern Munich dropped their first points of the Bundesliga season in a 1-1 draw at Freiburg ahead of their Super Cup clash against Chelsea.

Bayern were on course to maintain their perfect start to the season after three league wins until they leaked a late equaliser and also suffered an injury blow when midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger came off with an ankle problem.

He is an injury concern for tomorrow's Super Cup clash against Europa League winners Chelsea in Prague as well as Germany's upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against Austria and the Faroe Islands.

"He will be examined in Munich and we hope that he will be able to play against Chelsea," Bayern's media director Markus Hoerwick said.

Bayern still moved a point clear at the top of the table, although Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen can all leapfrog them should they win their game in hand this weekend.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola - who introduced a new 4-1-4-1 system since replacing Jupp Heynckes - made several changes to the line-up that beat Nuremberg 2-0 last Saturday. He rested six players from his first-choice side, leaving out wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who both netted at the weekend.

"If you only lead 1-0, then you are always vulnerable to concede an equaliser," said Guardiola.

"I don't think I risked too much with that line-up. I don't know if we missed one or two players, I took the decision and those on the pitch played well."

Bayern dominated but, not for the first time, failed to convert a string of chances despite enjoying 75 per cent possession after setting a new Bundesliga record of 81 in their Nuremberg win.

"We only have ourselves to blame," said captain Philipp Lahm, who came on for the second half. "We had enough chances to make it 2-0, but we were punished."