After a 2-1 win against Leverkusen, SC Freiburg is taking the break as third in the table. The Breisgauers have never been better.
Christian Streich screamed with joy like a berserk on the sidelines, then the coach of SC Freiburg sent each of his first round heroes to the lap of honor in front of the only 750 fans.
“We really wanted to be in third place over the festive season,” said goal scorer Vincenzo Grifo after the 2-1 (1: 1) against the previous third Bayer Leverkusen: “If we read the table now over Christmas, it reads well. “
Never before in its history has the SC been so high in the half-season, now it is sensationally the third force in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund “If you have 29 points and third place, you can only be satisfied. We have in I didn’t have a bad game, “said captain Christian Günter DAZN.
Delete “very, very happy” – Andrich annoyed to the max
Grifo by hand penalty (33rd) and Kevin Schade (84th) scored for the Freiburg, whose coach Streich can celebrate his tenth anniversary at the end of the month in a completely relaxed manner.
“The team performed passionately and intelligently. We were very compact and strong in duels – and we played football. That was important to me,” said Streich happily. “I am very, very happy.”
Charles Aranguiz (45th + 1) achieved Bayer’s interim equalization, but could not hide the fact that the Rheinlänger remained below their possibilities.
“We didn’t defend resolutely towards the end and then we look at each other again and lost the game here. The defense is crucial – we clearly get way too many goals against,” said Robert Andrich in frustration. “Too good again”, Leverkusen was in his opinion.
Freiburg with a rapid start and first opportunities
The 750 permitted spectators saw the hosts’ first big chance after just 50 seconds. Nico Schlotterbeck failed from close range to Bayer goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. The same was true for Lucas Höler 93 seconds later. A hit for the sports club should at least have jumped out of the two actions.
The guests, who had to do without the suspended Moussa Diaby, had a lot of trouble with the SC even after these two scenes. In the middle of the first half there was no opportunity for Bayer. The Freiburg, however, caused danger again in the 25th minute. The long-range shot from captain Günter just missed its target.
Leverkusen with a flattering 1: 1 – Schade becomes match winner
Shortly afterwards, Leverkusen had their first chance with a header from central defender Jonathan Tah (30th), before the ball found its way into the goal on the other side. Grifo turned the penalty into the middle of the goal with a very casual chip. Jeremie Frimpong had previously cleared with his arm in his own penalty area.
The leadership of the hosts was well deserved at this point. Only after falling behind did the guests become more active. That they were rewarded with Aranguiz’s goal in added time in the first half was extremely flattering.
Not much happened at the beginning of the second run. Only Grifo from a distance caused some danger again (66th). The action obviously gave the Freiburgers courage, the Breisgauer then invested more in the offensive and were rewarded with shame.
“We started the game very badly and allowed many situations. The deficit was deserved. The equalizer wasn’t quite deserved,” said Leverkusen’s coach Gerardo Seoane. “The second half was better of us. Overall, a draw would have been fair.”