Gerardo Seoane’s side had already sealed third place in the Bundesliga after a three-game winning streak separated them from the chasing pack. With little riding on the affair, the hosts’ tempo was astoundingly low, inviting Freiburg to step out and attack them. Needing a victory to stay in the running for a UCL place, the visitors obliged and began to create openings, with departing centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck missing a header from close range. Vincenzo Grifo was a big influence in the final third, but he failed to hit the target with a curling effort from the edge of the box on the stroke of HT. The break came at the right time for Leverkusen, who failed to register a shot on target in the first half. That was corrected shortly after the restart, as Patrik Schick muscled his way past the Freiburg defence before laying the ball on a plate for Lucas Alario to tap-in. Breaking the deadlock seemed to relax the hosts, who went searching for a second goal. Paulinho forced a save from Mark Flekken low to his left, before Schick cannoned an effort off the bar. Freiburg were chasing a miracle in the final stages to seal a place in the UCL. Janik Haberer’s late equaliser looked to have set up a grandstand finish, but Streich’s men failed to create the chances necessary in the final stages. The visitors sent their goalkeeper forward for set-pieces as they chased a winner, but that left them vulnerable on the break, and Exequiel Palacios capitalised by scoring the winner deep into-stoppage time from the centre circle, to leave a desolate Freiburg wondering what could have been.

On May 14, as part of the 34th round of the German Bundesliga at the BayArena stadium in Leverkusen, the local Bayer met with Freiburg.

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Table Bundesliga 2021/22

Bayer 2-1 Freiburg

Goals: Alario, 53 (1:0). Haberer, 88 (1:1). Palacios, 90+7 (2:1).

Line ups:

Lunev, Tah, Kossounou, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven (Backer, 66), Baumgartlinger (Andrich, 60), Palacios, Paulinho (Hinkapie, 84), Alario (Arangis, 60), Schick (Azmoun, 83), Diaby Flecken, Linhart, Schlotterbeck, Kübler (Sildyllia, 62), Gunther, Eggestein (Haberer, 70), Hoefler, Heler (Schmid, 79), Sholloi (Demirovich, 79), Jung Woo Yeon (Petersen, 69), Grifo.

Warnings: Diaby, 18′. Baumgartlinger, 26′. Eggestein, 3′. Schlotterbeck, 43′. Sildylia, 77′.

Referee: Jablonski (Germany).


Bayer have already finished third in the Bundesliga after a three-game winning streak separated them from their pursuers. And so from the first minutes the pressure of the game was low.

Video review of the match Bayer – Freiburg

Meanwhile, Freiburg tried to take advantage of this and attack the opponent. Freiburg also needs to win this match as they fight for the Champions League. Defender Nico Schlotterbeck missed his head from close range.

Vincenzo Grifo had a big impact in the final third, but he failed to hit the target with a twist off the edge of the penalty area on impact. The break was very influential for Bayer and on 53 minutes Patrick Schick muscled his way through the Freiburg defense before passing for Lucas Alario to score.

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After the goal, the hosts slowed down a bit, and the guests began to create chances. Paulinho forced a save from Mark Flecken to his left before Schick landed a crossbar shot.

Freiburg have been chasing a miracle in the final stages to secure their place in the Champions League. Late equalizer Janick Haberer seemed to secure the podium, but the charges failed to create the necessary chances in the latter stages. The guests sent their goalkeeper forward to set-pieces chasing the winner, but that made things worse and Exequiel Palacios took advantage by scoring the stoppage-time winning goal from the center circle.

As a result, Bayer won, and the team finished the season in 3rd place with 64 points, while Freiburg failed to gain a foothold in the Champions League zone, and the team took 6th place with 55 points.


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