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2021-22 German Bundesliga
  • Vincenzo Grifo (33' PEN)
  • Kevin Schade (84')
  • Charles Aránguiz (45'+1')

Freiburg strike late to sink Leverkusen and climb to third

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Schade's late winner sees Freiburg leapfrog Leverkusen (2:07)

Freiburg moves above Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga thanks to a late strike from Kevin Schade. (2:07)

Freiburg bagged an 84th-minute winner through Kevin Schade to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Sunday and secure third place in the Bundesliga going into the winter break.

Enjoying their best ever season and possessing the league's joint meanest defence with only 16 goals conceded, Christian Streich's team climbed above Leverkusen into third on 29 points.

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An audacious Vincenzo Grifo penalty chip in the 33rd minute put hosts Freiburg in front before Charles Aranguiz nodded in an equaliser from close range in first-half stoppage time

Grifo whipped a superb 20-metre shot narrowly over the bar as Freiburg went in search of the winner and they got it in the 84th minute through winger Schade who raced to the near post to stab in a low cross.

Champions Bayern Munich lead the title race on 43 points, with Borussia Dortmund in second place on 34. The Bundesliga will resume on Jan. 7.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 15 +36 34
2 SC Freiburg 15 +8 30
3 RB Leipzig 15 +9 28
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 +8 27
5 1. FC Union Berlin 15 +4 27
6 Borussia Dortmund 15 +4 25
7 VfL Wolfsburg 15 +4 23
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 15 +4 22
9 Werder Bremen 15 -2 21
10 Mainz 15 -5 19
11 TSG Hoffenheim 15 0 18
12 Bayer Leverkusen 15 -1 18
13 FC Cologne 15 -8 17
14 FC Augsburg 15 -8 15
15 Hertha Berlin 15 -3 14
16 VfB Stuttgart 15 -9 14
17 VfL Bochum 15 -22 13
18 Schalke 04 15 -19 9