SC Freiburg have adjusted to life back in the 2. Bundesliga very well and find themselves top of the table, however they’re under a lot of pressure from the chasing pack. St. Pauli in third drew with Bochum in fourth and RB Leipzig in second also play today and with the gap being just a point today was a must win for Freiburg.
The visitor’s to Freiburg were Eintracht Braunschweig, who were certainly no guaranteed win. Torsten Lieberknecht’s side are very much an up and down side when it comes to wins, after winning they tend to lose the next game. Despite this they go into the game in fifth place and could leap above Bochum with a win.
The game started quite slowly and there were barely any chances for either side, Freiburg had the most of possession and in the 15th minute they were given the chance to score from a freekick. Vincenzo Grifo stepped up for that freekick and he took his chance, with a slice of luck that is. The effort from Grifo struck the wall and deflected the ball into the bottom left corner, Rafal Gikiewicz was helpless after being wrong footed and the keeper couldn’t get back across goal.
The first chance of the game for Braunschweig fell to Adam Matuszczyk, the midfielder managed to get the better of Mensur Mujdža, unfortunately for Matuszczyk he didn’t get the better of Alexander Schwolow as the keeper stayed big to save.
Shortly after Salim Khelifi was denied by Schwolow after he was slipped in down the right, Schwolow managed to get low and parry the ball out for a corner. Braunschweig started to control the match and chances were coming fast.
Just before the half hour mark Maximilian Philipp fouled Maximilian Sauer just outside the area and Nik Omladič stepped up to strike the freekick sweetly, with Gikiewicz struggling to reach the effort he was saved by the crossbar.
Despite the pressure from the away side it was Freiburg that found the back of the net again as they managed to grab themselves a bit of breathing space. Mujdža flew down the right side unchallenged and he picked out Nils Petersen perfectly with his cross and the striker made no mistake as he directed a low header into the bottom corner.
The second half was very quiet in the opening minutes, nonetheless Braunschweig were gifted a way back into the game after Mujdža put the ball into his own net. Omladič crossed from the right and the ball flew across the six yard box to strike the knee of Mujdža and past Schwolow.
Braunschweig almost profited from a poor piece of play from Freiburg in the 56th minute. Khelifi pounced on a poor pass at the back and he was through on goal, sadly for the away side Schwolow won the duel against Khelifi once again.
Freiburg came close to increasing their lead to two goals and it was Grifo from another freekick, the midfielder managed to get his effort over the wall, however this time Gikiewicz matched the effort to flick it over the bar.
Suddenly the home side had their lead taken away moments later, Khelifi came inside from the left and produced a stunning effort which curled round the stretching Schwolow and into the far corner.
Freiburg pushed to regain their lead and they produced the better chances, the one player that looked the most likely to find the net was Grifo. He came close in the last twenty minutes as he lifted the ball over Gikiewicz who rushed out of his goal, however Grifo’s effort agonisingly struck the outside of the post.
The home side continued to push and push for the win, unfortunately they came up against the man mountain called Gikiewicz, the keeper was in inspired form late on in the game. Grifo fed the ball to Mike Frantz, his cross was deflected to Petersen and the striker’s effort saw Gikiewicz save from close range. The ball came out to the edge of the area and an effort saw Gikiewicz get down once again to save.
Neither side despite their efforts couldn’t grab the winner and Braunschweig took a well earned draw. Freiburg will be kicking themselves tonight after letting a two goal lead slip. To add insult to injury RB Leipzig managed to defeat Sandhausen and take top spot away from Freiburg.
Freiburg will be in action again next Saturday as they travel to face bottom side MSV Dusiburg. Like Freiburg, Eintracht Braunschweig also face a club near the bottom they host 1860 Munich.