Bayern Munich victory over Freiburg was resounding on the scoreboard. But a mistake of a few seconds could cost them the three points. Nagelsmann team has almost won the Bundesliga, although the decree of this match will be missing.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Bayern Munich are not perfect, but far from their best, they were able to beat Freiburg 4-1. Goals from Goretzka, Gnabry, Coman and Sabitzer gave them a 9-point lead over Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga. Although that remains to be seen.
An administrative error could cost them the victory. An unusual occurrence took place in Freiburg.
Bayern Munich played for a few moments with 12 players and it remains to be seen if there will be consequences. All because of an error with the changes when there were 5 minutes to go and it led to a stoppage of the game.
?Bayern Munich's match against Freiburg yesterday afternoon had to be stopped after officials realised that Bayern had 12 players on the field. ??? pic.twitter.com/ab01A07vlr
— Robert Abong'o (@ab_robah) April 3, 2022
A mistake that could be costly
The mistake occurred in the 85th minute, when Nagelsmann decided to remove Coman and Tolisso for Süle and Sabitzer. Coman did not leave the field and that’s when 12 players came together on the pitch.
The VAR alerted the referee to this situation two minutes later and with just seconds to play. And the referee did not hesitate to stop the game.
At first there were moments of confusion as to what had happened. But Coman came out and finally the referee decided to restart the game by adding 8 minutes.
Bayern Munich played with 12 players for 17 seconds after a substitution mix. pic.twitter.com/kZ9070HhIj
— BRGoals (@BRGoals) April 2, 2022
Nagelsmann offered his version of the Bayern Munich player number 12 and pointed directly at the fourth official:
“It was a bit fuzzy. Tolisso ran off to the dressing room because he had stomach problems. However, the fourth official showed the wrong bib and Coman didn’t know he had to come off”
Bayern Munich secured an important win to remain as Bundesliga leaders. But it seems that this case does not look like it is over and will continue in the offices.
Bayern strengthen their position at the ? of the Bundesliga with win over Freiburg ➕3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/gonPT74Vmb
— 433 (@433) April 2, 2022
Technically, the Bundesliga can take the three points away from Bayern Munich under the rules. But that would be absurd: there is no direct interference in the result for just a few seconds of the error.
Not only that, but Bayern Munich could review the fourth official situation suggested by Nagelsmann. If that happens, there would be no need to worry about seeing the team win another Bundesliga title.
Bundesliga table after matchday 28 pic.twitter.com/vkph1ghzHI
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 3, 2022