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  • Vidal will 'definitely be back on board'...

    Bayern Munich have allayed fears midfielder Arturo Vidal could miss next month's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Vidal is nursing a rib injury he sustained during the Telekom Cup final on January 14, when Bayern beat Mainz 2-1, and he was fo...

    Vidal will 'definitely be back on board' before Arsenal clash, announce Bayern

    Bayern Munich have allayed fears midfielder Arturo Vidal could miss next month's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena. Vidal is nursing a rib injury he sustained during the Telekom Cup final on January 14, when Bayern beat Mainz 2-1, and he was forced off early in the second half of Friday's Bundesliga triumph by the same score versus Freiburg. Vidal hoping to be ready for Arsenal The 29-year-old Chile international said after the match he expected to be out for "at least two or three weeks", with his availability to face Arsene Wenger's side on February 15 up in the air. But Bayern reported on their official website that Vidal would "definitely be back on board" for the home match with Schalke on February 4, while his participation in this weekend's trip to Werder Bremen "is still open". The ex-Juventus man trained on Monday and a statement from Bayern read: "Vidal will be on a reduced schedule for the next few days and will also be treated by the FCB medical staff. "A decision about his return to team training will be taken on a day-by-day basis."

  • 'I feel bad' - Vidal fears longer lay-of...

    Arturo Vidal's rib injury could sideline him for up to three weeks, placing the Bayern Munich midfielder in doubt to face Arsenal in the last-16 of the Champions League. The Chile international sustained the problem in the Telekom Cup final on January 14, where Bayern defeated M...

    'I feel bad' - Vidal fears longer lay-off but could return against Arsenal

    Arturo Vidal's rib injury could sideline him for up to three weeks, placing the Bayern Munich midfielder in doubt to face Arsenal in the last-16 of the Champions League. The Chile international sustained the problem in the Telekom Cup final on January 14, where Bayern defeated Mainz 2-1. Lewa nets 135th Bundesliga goal Vidal did start against Freiburg as the champions returned to Bundesliga action with a 2-1 success on Friday, but he could not complete 90 minutes and was forced off early in the second half. Carlo Ancelotti's side face the Gunners in the first leg of the tie at the Allianz Arena on February 15, and Vidal has his sights set on that meeting as a potential date for his return. "I feel bad and have severe pain on the rib. Now I will have to pause, because I cannot play," he told TZ. 'Man City simply not as good as Bayern' "I already missed training for a week, but now it should take at least two or three weeks. "[I will see] how I feel for the last 16 in the Champions League."  

  • Lewandowski: My winner was lucky

    Robert Lewandowski conceded luck played a big role in his winner in Bayern Munich's 2-1 victory over Freiburg on Friday. Lewandowski nets 135th Bundesliga goal as treble omens emerge The Poland international netted a fine goal in the dying seconds of the match to seal the win f...

    Lewandowski: My winner was lucky

    Robert Lewandowski conceded luck played a big role in his winner in Bayern Munich's 2-1 victory over Freiburg on Friday. Lewandowski nets 135th Bundesliga goal as treble omens emerge The Poland international netted a fine goal in the dying seconds of the match to seal the win for the reigning champions - having previously already equalised after a corner from Douglas Costa - controlling Franck Ribery's cross on his chest before finding the bottom corner with a volley. "My first thought was to pass the ball straight away, but that was not easy because there was nobody there yet," Lewandowski told reporters. "I then just wanted to control the ball, play it simple and try anything. Fortunately, I succeeded. I did well to control the ball and then had a bit of luck. I did not hit the ball as clean as I wanted to, but a goal is a goal. "We fought right until the end and eventually succeeded. That is the Bundesliga for you. Our opponent defended well. We had to be patient. It was important to win the first game after the restart. "It is never easy against Freiburg, who are very organised and tactically strong. They did well both in defence and in attack." Head coach Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, was pleased to see Bayern emerge victorious after a complicated match. "It was a difficult game, because we faced a strong and aggressive opponent," the Bayern boss told reporters. "We did not put in a good performance in the opening 45 minutes. But I liked the desire and the character that the team showed. That is why we won the game in the end. "We cannot be happy with the way we played, but we can be happy with the result."

  • Lewandowski nets 135th Bundesliga goal a...

    Bayern Munich have many reasons to thank Robert Lewandowski. On Friday, the striker was once again the hero for the Bundesliga champions with two goals to bring them from behind and ensure they started 2017 with a victory. The Poland star's double over Freiburg on Friday ensur...

    Lewandowski nets 135th Bundesliga goal as Bayern treble omens emerge

    Bayern Munich have many reasons to thank Robert Lewandowski. On Friday, the striker was once again the hero for the Bundesliga champions with two goals to bring them from behind and ensure they started 2017 with a victory. The Poland star's double over Freiburg on Friday ensured that Bayern have won their last 39 Bundesliga matches in which he has scored. Furthermore, Opta says that, with his 134th and 135th goals in the German top flight, he left Giovane Elber behind him (on 133) in the list of the highest scoring foreigners in the league. Claudio Pizarro's 190 goals means he is the only foreign player to score more goals than Lewandowski. The fun did not stop there for Bayern, though. Franck Ribery set up Lewandowski for his sixth assist in the league this season, which is already twice as many as he recorded last term, despite playing one less game so far this term. On the other hand, the 42 points Bayern have amassed after 17 games is their worst tally after the first half of a season since 2012-13, in which they also collected 42. However, that was the year they won the treble. Janik Haberer's goal in the fourth minute was the first Bayern have conceded in 449 minutes of play across all competitions – back then Jhon Cordoba of Mainz also scored four minutes in.

  • Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich: Last-minute ...

    Robert Lewandowski scored a dramatic late winner as his double helped Bayern Munich resume the Bundesliga season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Freiburg on Friday. Janik Haberer had put the hosts in front in just the fourth minute at Schwarzwald-Stadion only for Lewandowski t...

    Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich: Last-minute Lewandowski earns win

    Robert Lewandowski scored a dramatic late winner as his double helped Bayern Munich resume the Bundesliga season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Freiburg on Friday. Janik Haberer had put the hosts in front in just the fourth minute at Schwarzwald-Stadion only for Lewandowski to restore parity for the leaders before half-time. It appeared as though Bayern were going to be frustrated in their search for a winner, as several chances went begging. But Lewandowski came to the rescue with a fine 91st-minute winner from Franck Ribery's cross to ensure the Bavarians picked up after the mid-season break with a big three points. Carlo Ancelotti's men have now won six consecutive league matches and open up a six-point buffer over second-place RB Leipzig, who host Frankfurt on Saturday. Freiburg had won five of seven home league matches heading into the contest and they were rewarded for a positive start in just the fourth minute thanks in part to some unconvincing Bayern defending. Mats Hummels' poor attempted clearance fell at Vincenzo Grifo's feet who immediately released Haberer down the right and he held off David Alaba before beating goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a low shot from inside the area. Bayern came close to an equaliser on the half hour when Arturo Vidal controlled Arjen Robben's cross and unleashed a curling shot towards the far corner that Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow only just pushed wide. Lewandowski was stopped by Mike Frantz's last-ditch tackle after a good cross from Douglas Costa, but the Poland striker was on target from the resulting corner. Costa swung in the delivery and the prolific striker's acrobatic effort was too powerful for Schwolow. Bayern went in search of a second goal after the break and Thomas Muller could have made it 2-1 after some good work from Robben, the Germany international seeing his shot hit an opponent before bouncing wide for a corner. Robben continued to cause the Freiburg defence trouble and he went close after a trademark curled left-footed shot after cutting in from the right, which drew a superb save from Schwolow. Ancelotti brought on Ribery for Costa in an attempt to force a winner and Robben came close to doing just that after a howler from Schwolow, only for the Dutchman to aim his shot wide. But Bayern did steal all three points when Lewandowski struck in the closing seconds, controlling Ribery's cross from the left on his chest before poking home in the bottom corner.

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