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Bundesliga 2016/17 Album

Of all the things I’ve been looking forward to this season the new sticker album would come close to topping the list and for two simple reasons, Freiburg being back in the top flight and finally getting a sticker of Nils Petersen as a Freiburg player. I’ve waited two years for the latter and it was worth the wait. As luck would have it I got one of his stickers in the first lot of packets I opened from the blisterpack, the shiny version of him too.  In total I got six Freiburg players from the first lot of stickers, including getting Alexander Schwolow in the first page of the album which made me most unhappy. I wanted to get him from a packet and now I feel cheated of that. As well as Nils and Alex I also got who is shaping up to be my favourite player this season, Turkish defender Caglar Söyüncü. And Vincenzo Grifo, Marc-Oliver Kempf and Aleksandar Ignjovski. From the packets however it wasn’t a Freiburg player who was the first of my favourites to appear, that honour goes to Jonas Hector of 1.FC Köln. Now that I don’t mind, he may not be a Freiburg man but I like him a great deal and I was just as happy get Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski.

I do however have one major complaint with the album, just like the Champions League one it has no sticker of Matthias Ginter or Erik Durm, he  was in there last season but isn’t now. It’s one of two reasons why I have no pictures of the Dortmund page. The other reason is the same one there’s no picture of the Bayern page either, with Freiburg being back in the top flight it’s not necessary. They’re in there and instead VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96 suffer the ignomy of having just a sticker for their badge and kits at the back of the album:

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Advent Calendar Day 18: A Quiet End to a Quiet Weekend

Yesterday was slow and today was even slower, of all the games I expected to be dull Bayern’s was not one of them. The afternoon can be summed up perfectly by what Neuer said in his post-match interview, “in the first half that wasn’t FC Bayern.” No it was most definitely not, the goal was fantastic but not enough to salvage the afternoon. They got the three points but it’s not the only thing which counts, it should not have gone that way. Neuer for one thing had more to do than I expected. Douglas Costa’s goal was good enough to make a GIF of it anyway:

douglas_costa_goal_darmstadt_v_bayern_2016_17Neuer’s save was less spectacular, by his standards it’s all in a day’s work but I still wanted to make a GIF of it, I think I just wanted an excuse to make one of Neuer:

manuel_neuer_save_darmstadt_v_bayern_2016_17And seeing as I did that I couldn’t resist the temptation of adding a few pictures from his interview either:

manuel-neuer-interview-darmstadt-v-bayern-2016-17-1manuel-neuer-interview-darmstadt-v-bayern-2016-17-2manuel-neuer-interview-darmstadt-v-bayern-2016-17-3manuel-neuer-interview-darmstadt-v-bayern-2016-17-4As well as being disappointed by Bayern’s game I was most displeased to see Ingolstadt beating Leverkusen 2-1, the reason being that’s who Freiburg face on Wednesday. The last thing I want is them ruining Freiburg’s fairly decent end to the year, if they win or least draw then it’ll be four without a loss. Just by writing that I’m probably cursing it but then I can add that to the list of stupid things I’ve done today. Getting into a good enough mood to write something isn’t an easy task right now, I should have left well alone. I should have just carried on with what I was doing and not allowed anything to distract me. But no, I had to check. I haven’t been able to do anything about this particular problem the other times, why I thought this time would be any different I don’t know. I’m lying to myself about the whole thing anyway, no matter what I say fixing this wouldn’t make me happy. If it wasn’t this then it would be something else. That’s how it always is with obsessions, they will always be replaced by something else. It’s exactly the same with each and every one of them. There’s something I either can’t have or is very difficult (and usually expensive) to get. Each time I swear it will make me happy, and it’s the absolute last thing I need. Of course it’s a lie, there is always something after it. Obsessions have an insatiable appetite that way, because the empty space they go someway in filling is always there. That emptiness is never going to go away.

I should have just stuck to the story, it was going fine, better than fine in fact. Though when it came to posting the first part of it I of course spent plenty of time agonising over it. I probably spent more time making up my mind than I actually did checking it over and making a few last minute changes. Which is pretty much typical for me, spend half the day obsessing over a task and then just a few minutes on actually carrying it out. It’s funny that some people associate thinking a lot with being intelligent, in my case thinking a lot makes me stupid, no doubt about that.

As for the story it’s not the one I want to be working on but the Christmas one is proving trickier than I anticipated. I think the idea of it is depressing me a little, partly because I don’t like Christmas all that much but also because I’ll never get to experience what I’m writing about. It’s not the Christmas part I care so much about, it’s the having someone to come home to,someone who cares whether you’re there or not. In other words someone who wants you to be there, not just someone who got stuck with you and is only there because they have to be. And I guess there is one part of the Christmas thing I like too, buying and wrapping gifts for someone. Taking the time to pick out something you know they’ll love and spending an equal amount of time wrapping it up for them, making it perfect. I didn’t have many people to buy for this year and one of the people I did buy for said I shouldn’t have, the reason being I spent more than they did. I wasn’t just being polite or saying what I knew I was meant to when I said I loved buying people books. Nor was I lying when I said I didn’t care their gift wasn’t equal to mine, it’s not about getting something back which made me happy. It’s knowing you’ve bought books for someone that you know they’ll love. I bought gifts for them not in anticipation of something in return but because I couldn’t bear not having someone to give gifts too. As good as that is they are just a friend, and that’s not what the story is about. I’m never going to have my own little Matze to buy gifts for, and first Christmasses are all done and dusted now my brothers are all practically adults. Now I’m just rambling, which is pretty much how every post concludes these days. At least I can recognise that I suppose, just wish I could do the same in a face to face conversation.

Anyhow, the advent calendars. The 18th day served up a very special player indeed, the quick footed and very talented Vincenzo Grifo who netted hs first Bundesliga goal this season against Eintracht Frankfurt and also has five assists.Equally unforgettable is his goal against RB Leipzig last season. He also has the honour of being the subject of two my (non-Jogi related) favourite GIFS. I hope Marc-Oliver Kempf will be back on his feet soon enough so and Grifo and him can dance together again. I miss him and more importantly Freiburg’s defence is definitely missing him.

Vincenzo_Grifo_Nils_Petersen_celebrate_SC_Freiburg_v_Fortuna_D_sseldorfGrifo_Kempf_dance_SC_Freiburg_v_1860In the Dortmund calendar was Sven Bender, I like him anyway but ever since the summer and the Olympics I like him a little more, since now he’s connected in my head to Nils Petersen:

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2.Bundesliga MD33: SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim

The previous weekend Freiburg secured promotion when they defeated Paderborn 2-1 and with the 2- 0 win over Heidenheim they sealed their position in first place. They not only sealed their return to the Bundesliga but did so in pole position, ahead of RB Leipzig. It was perfect in a sense, not least because the scorer of both goals was former Heidenheim player Florian Niederlechner. The goals were made even more perfect by the fact they were both made and scored by two jokers, Lucas Hufnagel and of course Niederlechner. Not a great game to watch by any measure but that doesn’t matter, not when what happened afterwards was so much fun.

SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim 2015-16 – 1st & 2nd half

RB Leipzig confirmed their inevitable promotion with a 2-0 defeat of KSC, being gifted a second goal after an error by KSC’s keeper. If 1.FCN hadn’t screwed up they could have taken advantage of RBL’s poor run of results in recent weeks, it could be them in second place. But they didn’t and they have to content themselves with third place which is guaranteed at least since they have an eight point lead on St Pauli. With one match-day to go everything is decided at the top of the table, all but one thing that is. Freiburg have won the league, they’re the best team offensive wise in the league and have the best home and away record. Yet there’s one thing they don’t have, it’s not Nils Petersen who’s the current league top-scorer because he didn’t score against Heidenheim and Simon Terrode did against Braunschweig. In order to be crowned top-scorer Petersen needs to score two goals against Union Berlin and for Terrode not to score against Heidenheim. Fingers crossed for Petersen, it’s already been a great season but him being crowned top scorer would make it just that little bit more perfect.

Meanwhile at the foot of the table things went from bad to worse for Paderborn after they lost 1-0 to 1860 München and Duisburg managed to salvage a point at Sandhausen. Going into the final day of the season Paderborn have the difficult task of getting at least a point from third placed 1.FCN, I suppose they can take some hope from the fact their opponents need absolutely nothing from the game. As they can from the fact Frankfurt who they need to lose face 1860. I would put good money on them beating Frankfurt. The situation at the foot of the table offers no salvation for any of the bottom three. The best all of them can hope for is the play-off place. None of them can achieve automatic safety, not realistically. In theory Duisburg could but only in theory, because they would have to not only beat RB Leipzig but score seven goals against them whilst conceding none and counting on Fortuna Düsseldorf to lose to Eintracht Braunschweig. Paderborn, Frankfurt and Duisburg can all win yet still not be safe. If that were to happen the table would stay exactly as it is, with Paderborn in 18th, Frankfurt in 17th and Duisburg in 16th.

2.Bundesliga table MD33 2015-16 1 2.Bundesliga table MD33 2015-16 2Highlights:

SC Freiburg v 1.FC Heidenheim

1 FC Nürnberg v St Pauli

RB Leipzig v KSC

Bochum v Eintracht Braunschweig

Pictures and GIFs from Freiburg’s game:

Florian_Niederlechner_first_goal_SC_Freiburg_v_1_FC_HeidenheimFlorian_Niederlechner_s_second_goal_SC_Freiburg_v_1_FC_HeidenheimChristian_Streich_celebrating_promotion_2015_16Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Mensur Mujzda – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Mensur Mujzda – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Maximilian Philipp – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Christian Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Marc-Oliver Kempf – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Nicolas Höfler & Maximilian Philipp – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim Vincenzo Grifo – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Christian Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 4 Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 5Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 6 Mensur Mujzda – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v Heidenehim 1 Maximilian Philipp – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 7Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v Heidenehim 2 Nils Petersen – SC Freiburg v Heidenehim 3 Vegar Hedenstad – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Lucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Lucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Nils Petersen & Florian Niederlechner - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim Petersen, Niederlechner & Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Petersen, Niederlechner & Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 4 Lucas Hufnagel - SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 5 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 6 Florian Niederlechner & Christian Günter – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 2 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 3 Vincenzo Grifo & Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 4 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 7 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 8 Christian Streich & Alexander Schwolow – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 1 Florian Niederlechner – SC Freiburg v Heidenheim 9

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A Lazy Sunday

In this heat I have no intention of taking a stroll anywhere. I’m not a big fan of summer. The only thing I like about it is that international tournaments are held during the summer, though I’m not particularly looking forward to this years. But today none of that matters, this is not a Jogi day or a “die Mannschaft” day. No, today belongs to Freiburg and to them alone. Today they celebrate not only their return to the Bundesliga but their status as champions of the division. And it just had to be Florian Niederlechner who scored the goals against his old team Heidenheim. Double joker today because the goals were scored and created by two substitutes, providing the assist for both was Lucas Hufnagel who himself scored a very important joker goal against Bielefeld earlier in the season.

Florian Niederlechner’s goals:

Florian_Niederlechner_first_goal_SC_Freiburg_v_1_FC_HeidenheimFlorian_Niederlechner_s_second_goal_SC_Freiburg_v_1_FC_HeidenheimThe summer is far from over, there’s still the DFB Pokal final and the Euros of course but as far as I’m concerned I have the thing I wanted the most. I’d like to see Dortmund and Matze beat Bayern in the final but that would just be an added bonus. All that matters to me is Freiburg back in the Bundesliga, Dortmund coming to the Schwarzwald Stadion again, more importantly Matze going there.

Seeing all the celebrations after the game was wonderful but there’s one thing above all that I found amusing. That was Christian Streich going back to the team after his interview. Him celebrating by himself as he made his way back over there and the commentator saying that he’s a very special man. Indeed he is and I just had to make a GIF of that moment. To me it sums up why Freiburg. Like Christian Streich they march to their own tune:

Christian_Streich_celebrating_promotion_2015_16Also amusing was Vincenzo Grifo wandering around bare-footed having given his boots to a fan. That is one lucky person, I hope they appreciate what they’ve been gifted, a pair of boots from a true artist.

After celebrating I’m going back to my second play-through of Mass Effect 3, it’s way too warm to do anything else. I have stuff to do but it can wait till tomorrow. Ironic that part of having a lazy day is saving the galaxy, but to be honest I don’t really care about that. I don’t even like Mass Effect 3 that much, the main reason I’m playing it again is so I can make my character Thomas fall in love with Kaidan. But before that it’s party time, well a real party for them, more of a virtual one for me:

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2.Bundesliga MD31: SC Freiburg v MSV Duisburg – The Day of Grifo

Three goals and three points but only one man of the hour. Monday night it was Marc-Oliver Kempf who came to Freiburg’s rescue but Friday evening was all about Vincenzo Grifo. He played a part in all three of Freiburg’s goals, scoring the first himself from another wonderfully taken free-kick, assisting the second via another free-kick and finally winning the penalty which of course Nils Petersen slotted home. Because the night wouldn’t be perfect without Petersen on the score-sheet too. It wasn’t all Grifo did however, in the second half he came close to making it three as well as almost setting up Petersen to score. All in all it was a most perfect evening and had the results gone the right way on Saturday it could have been a perfect weekend. Because if 1.FCN had lost to Union Berlin then it would have confirmed Freiburg’s return to the top flight. In a quirk of fate that almost happened but it was of course too good to be true. After being 2-0 down at half-time 1.FCN turned things round to win 6-2. Meaning the celebrations will have to wait, it’s unlikely anything can go wrong at this point but I don’t want to curse it.

Last time out Freiburg drew 1-1 against Duisburg and it was not a good day, they went into half-time 1-0 down, only managing to equalise a good twenty minutes later through Amir Abrashi. It was a game in which yellow cards were a much a feature as shots on goal, twelve in all which funnily enough is the amount of shots on goal each side had. Friday evening was a lot more fun and a much better day as far as the team’s performance were concerned. All three of goals may have come from set plays and Duisburg were set up very defensively but it was a still a fairly entertaining game to watch. Though I suppose knowing victory is one step closer to returning to the Bundesliga helps. As does goals like this:

Vincenzo_Grifo_goal_SC_Freiburg_v_MSV_DuisburgDuisburg on the other hand face the prospect of returning to the third division. The other newly promoted team Bielefeld are hovering just above the relegation battle in 13th place but there’s a five point gap between them and Fortuna Düsseldorf and FSV Frankfurt. Their prospects of safety being further improved by an impressive 4-2 win over Greuther Fürth earlier today. As for the other relegated team Paderborn are still firmly entangled in the relegation battle, they are now the worst ever relegated team of all time. And the next few weeks offer them little prospect of salvation. On Friday they host none other than Freiburg, a tough task at any stage of the season but especially now. It’s not any easier for them on the final two days of the season, away to 1860 who are just below them in the table and then home to 1.FCN. Freiburg on the other hand finish their season with a home game against Heidenheim and then away to Union Berlin. I still feel sorry for Duisburg a little, having being handed the seemingly impossible task of facing RB Leipzig on the final day of the season. Just in case their fight to stay up wasn’t difficult enough. Speaking of the devil Leipzig don’t play until Monday night, visiting Kaiserslautern. Last time round Kaiserslautern won 2-0 so I suppose them winning isn’t impossible, I wouldn’t put any money on it though. I wouldn’t tempt fate that way. With Freiburg winning on Friday the gap is widened to four points but should Leipzig win tomorrow night then it’ll be reduced once more to just one:

2.Bundesliga table - MD31 15-16 1 2.Bundesliga table - MD31 15-16 2Videos:

The match – SC Freiburg v MSV Duisburg MD31 2015-16

SC Freiburg v MSV Duisburg highlights

1.FC Nürnberg v Union Berlin highlights

Pictures:

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2.Bundesliga MD30 – Eintracht Braunschweig v SC Freiburg

I didn’t expect the trip to Eintracht Braunschweig to be an easy one but I underestimated just how difficult it would be. Sometimes things are just a little too perfect and the lead-up to this game is a perfect example of just how that’s true. It was just too good to be true, both RB Leipzig and 1.FCN losing in the same weekend. The stage was set perfectly for Freiburg to open up a three point gap on Leipzig. As things turned out they just have the one point gap. But to see it from another perspective I guess it’s not the worst time to drop points, after all Leipzig did too. So it could be worse. Freiburg have an excellent record against Eintracht Braunschweig apparently, they haven’t lost to them in quite some time,  not since 1986 if the presenter on the pre-match show is to be believed. The reason that’s important is because in 1986 one Jogi Löw was playing for Freiburg, in fact he played in both games in the 1985/86 season against Braunschweig. Not only that but he scored the second goal in the home fixture which ended 2-2. The reverse of the fixture ended 2-0 in Braunschweig’s favour. It’s not just the trivia I got from the pre-match show, I also got these two pictures:

Joachim Löw – Eintracht Braunschweig v SC Freiburg pre-match show 1Joachim Löw – Eintracht Braunschweig v SC Freiburg pre-match show 2Well they still haven’t beaten Freiburg at least, but they came very close to doing so. Freiburg’s point was saved with the assistance of the referee in fact. Going into extra time the score was 2-1 to Braunschweig. Their coach wasn’t happy about the amount of extra time, nor about the fact they actually went over the three minutes by about 50 seconds. Had they not done so Freiburg wouldn’t have had time to take the corner and Marc-Oliver Kempf wouldn’t have scored the equalising goal. That’s three goals in two games for him now. They got lucky, I know. I’m just glad they got a point from it at least.

It certainly wasn’t a fun night, up until now they’ve had pretty good luck on Monday nights. But Braunschweig well and truly put a stop to that, it was no fun watching Freiburg get outclassed for the better part of ninety minutes. They dominated possession in the first half as has been their way this season, yet despite having 61% they only created one shot on goal. By comparison Braunschweig created six, four of which were on target. Niederlechner got a chance in the eighteenth minute right in front of goal but he couldn’t quite get there. Another frustrating moment came later in the first half when Grifo was perfectly placed yet he stepped aside for Frantz to take it, despite being closer than him. Frantz wasn’t quick enough and the chance went wasted, proof that sometimes being selfish is the better option. The past two games Freiburg have been the ones to start brightly and actually get on the score-sheet pretty early, but here it was Braunschweig who had the brighter start. Alexander Schwolow had a very busy night indeed. Somehow it was 0-0 at half-time, but it wasn’t due to lack of effort on Braunschweig’s part.

The start of the second half was not much better, Freiburg were restricted to one long range effort from Grifo, it was on target at least. Other than that it was all Braunschweig, if there were going to be goals they would be the first to score, that much was obvious. I just wish it hadn’t happened in such a way that Schwolow was partly at fault. Though Abrashi and Torrejon were at fault too, the former for underhitting the back-pass and the latter for not dealing with it properly. It’s lucky Schwolow’s ill-timed sliding tackle wasn’t too badly misjudged, the player was able to get away from him but had he not and Schwolow not got the ball then it would of course been a red card. It would have made a bad night even worse. Braunschweig were plenty dangerous by themselves from an attacking perspective, they most definitely did not need Freiburg gifting them chances that way. Their second goal came not long afterwards and Schwolow was helpless to do anything about it. At this point salvaging even a point seemed beyond Freiburg. They did manage to pull one back but it was more a quirk of fate than anything else. A long ball launched upfield by Höfler which Petersen managed to get on the end of, after heading it into the net he ended up clattering into the keeper. Somehow the ball went in and the goal stood. But getting a second seemed like a big ask, most likely impossible. They did however liven up towards the end of the game, in the last five minutes in particular. In the 85th minute Havard Nielsen was taken down in the box, he probably should have gotten a penalty. The ball was gone and contact was made but no penalty given. Nielsen may not have gotten a penalty but he did win the all important corner in extra time. Problem is they were already 20 seconds over the three minutes of extra time, the referee should have blown his whistle already for time. Yet he didn’t, a fact which understandably made Braunschweig’s coach furious. With this being the very last act of the game even Schwolow was up there, though of course his presence turned out to be of no consequence. Because it was Marc-Oliver Kempf who headed the ball home and saved Freiburg’s point. Everyone was celebrating, everyone but Christian Streich that is, he didn’t move one inch. He knew how lucky they were to get the point.

2.Bundesliga results MD30 2.Bundesliga table MD30 1 2.Bundesliga table MD30 2Videos:

The match

Pre-match show

Interviews:

Highlights:

Eintracht Braunschweig v SC Freiburg

KSC v 1.FCN

RB Leipzig v SV Sandhausen

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2.Bundesliga MD24 2015/16: Arminia Bielefeld v SC Freiburg

Before the game Christian Streich talked about having respect for Bielefeld and not underestimating them. His words were neither patronizing nor misplaced. After all Bielefeld drew 2-2 with Freiburg at the Schwarzwald Stadion and would have won 2-1 had it not been for a last minute goal by Lucas Hufnagel. They also drew 1-1 with Bochum and 2-2 with 1.FCN, not to mention only losing 1-0 to RB Leipzig. One thing is for certain Bielefeld are not an easy team to break down. Before this game they had only once conceded three goals in a game, when they lost 3-2 to Heidenheim. And they’d never conceded three in one half. They are usually a team which defends exceedingly well Up till this point they’d conceded in total 24 goals. By comparison Freiburg conceded 26, of course Freiburg were also outscoring everyone else to balance that out. Bielefeld on the other hand are masters of the draw, having racked up 13 of them in 24 games.

Given their obvious defensive focus it came as a surprise then that they got the first shot on goal, though it was off target. But Freiburg’s first goal was to set the pattern for the game. It was their first shot on goal, their first attack in fact. Petersen was on the bench so it wasn’t “ice cold Petersen” this time but Florian Niederlechner. Fittingly given the fact this was a homecoming of sorts for Schwolow he was the one who started the play. A long ball from him up-field, headed on by Grifo and then picked up by Niederlechner. Now he did get lucky because the ball took a slight deflection off a defender, but it was all skill when he put it past the keeper. This wasn’t a game which had a great deal of chances but what counts is Freiburg took the ones they got. It was a case of keeping up the pressure on Bielefeld and waiting for the cracks to show. The good start however was not to last with Bielefeld getting the equaliser through Christopher Nöthe in the 31st minute. A most curious goal, not because it was spectacular, more because it resembled Freiburg’s first in a sense. The only difference being the final move, Nöthe heading the ball home through Schwolow’s legs.

Freiburg however did not lose their heads and had the perfect reply just eight minutes later, the second goal being scored by Vincenzo Grifo. Their usually well organised defence was nowhere to be found, they had three players trying to close down Niederlechner but absolutely no-one in the vicinity of Grifo who if he wanted had all the time and space in the world to slot the ball home. Three minutes later Freiburg added to their woes and made it 3-1, the goalscorer this time being Mike Frantz with Amir Abrashi serving up the assist. I would say Bielefeld doesn’t deserve to be 3-1 down but it’s criminal to leave Abrashi with amount of space and to not close down Frantz. Overall them being down 3-1 seems a little harsh but based on the last ten minutes of the first half they most certainly deserve to be. All their confidence after getting the equaliser seems to have evaporated.

This wasn’t the most entertaining of games, but sometimes you don’t need entertaining, sometimes efficiency is more important and given Freiburg were to play Leipzig after this it’s obviously a high priority. The second half didn’t greatly differ from the first, the only difference being that Bielefeld managed for a while to be threatening but they didn’t get anything for their troubles. At the start of the half at least frustration set in for them, evident by the fact they picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes. A fact which led to Marc Torrejon needed to replaced by Immanuel Höhn. The third yellow of the game went strangely enough to Alexander Schwolow. Not for time wasting or an ill timed tackle, instead he got it for talking back to the referee. I’ve seen him get frustrated before but never behave that way. A short while later Niederlchener also got a yellow card, though I’m a little less clear what his was for. He handled the ball but only because he was being obstructed, a point he made very clear to the referee. Thus I’m not sure if it was for the handball or his subsequent behaviour the card was for. Not that it really matters, Freiburg’s lead was secure and despite Bielefeld looking dangerous for a while there was no real danger of them getting back into it. Any hopes of such a thing would have evaporated anyway because in the 77th minute Niederlechner made it four in what I have to say was a very cruel goal to concede, though it’s a great one for Freiburg to score. The three points means Freiburg kept pace with Leipzig who had a twist of their own on the day. At half-time they were 1-0 down to Heidenheim, unfortunately they managed to turn that around and it ended up 3-1. Had they lost it would have narrowed the gap to three points.

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