Bayern beats Freiburg for Bundesliga points record
BERLIN (AP) -Despite fielding a second-string side, Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich broke the league record for points in a season by beating Freiburg 1-0 on Saturday and claiming its 14th successive victory.
The 19-year-old Emre Can scored with the lightest of touches to Xherdan Shaqiri's free kick in the 35th minute, enough for Bayern to extend its haul to 84 points with three games remaining.
Bayern had already wrapped up the title with six games to spare. The previous record of 81 points was set by Borussia Dortmund last season.
Augsburg took a giant step toward Bundesliga survival with a 3-0 win at home over Stuttgart, thereby condemning Greuther Fuerth to relegation after its first season in the top flight. Augsburg remains in the relegation playoff place, with Fuerth 12 points adrift.
"The pressure is good for us,'' said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl. "I know we'll give absolutely everything like that three times again.''
Relegation candidate Hoffenheim beat Nuremberg 2-1, Wolfsburg defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1, and Bayer Leverkusen beat Werder Bremen 1-0 to leave Thomas Schaaf's side just two points ahead of Augsburg.
Champions League semifinalist Dortmund played at Fortuna Duesseldorf later.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes made 10 changes to the side that defeated Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals to rest his players for Wednesday's return leg.
Defender Jerome Boateng was the only survivor from Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Spanish league leader.
"We all have the same aim,'' Bayern defender Daniel van Buyten said. "We want to win titles. We're all marching forward. We have a strong subs' bench and nobody is envious.''
Bayern stalwarts Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philip Lahm and Thomas Mueller didn't even make the bench, which boasted Franck Ribery, Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben, Dante, David Alaba, Javi Martinez and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Despite creating relatively few scoring chances, Bayern was the more active side in the first half and just about deserved the opening goal, which was initially credited to Shaqiri when the ball nestled inside the far post from his dangerous free kick.
But the side failed to get out of second gear and there were even some whistles from the home fans at halftime.
"It was a tough bit of work today,'' Heynckes said. "But compliments to my squad. We player very cleverly, very professionally.''
Stuttgart should have taken the lead in Augsburg and was made to rue missed chances when Sascha Moelders scored in the 61st.
Marcel de Jong then made it 2-0 with a delightful chip over the goalkeeper in the 83rd, two minutes before Ji Dong-Won put further gloss on the result.
Second-from-bottom Hoffenheim maintained some hope of avoiding the drop thanks to goals from Tobias Weis (11th) and Sejad Salihovic (19th), before Timmy Simons pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 58th.
Stefan Kiessling's 35th-minute penalty was enough for Leverkusen to consolidate third.
"We're happy that we managed a really dirty, labored 1-0 win for once,'' said Leverkusen coach Sascha Lewandowski.
The decision to award the penalty was hotly disputed. Deniz Aytekin hesitated before deciding Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz brought down Sidney Sam, who was shown to have been in an offside position by TV replays.
Against Bayer Leverkusen, Bremen was missing Kevin de Bruyne through injury, while both Marko Arnautovic and Eljero Elia were suspended by the club on Friday after they were caught speeding in separate cars on a highway in the early hours.
"The team tried everything today. Unfortunately you could see that the conviction going forward was missing,'' Schaaf said.
In Wolfsburg, the 19-year-old Maximilian Arnold gave the home side the lead in the 34th, before Peniel Mlapa deservedly equalized in the 52nd.
Diego was involved when Ivica Olic restored Wolfsburg's lead in the 61st with a shot that Marc-Andre ter Stegen should have stopped. The Croatia striker returned the favor for the Brazilian to round the goalkeeper and secure the result with 15 minutes remaining.
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