German Bundesliga
Bayern MunichBayern Munich4FreiburgSC Freiburg1

Bayern Munich 4-1 SC Freiburg

Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso
Lahm has helped Bayern win 21 major trophies since making his debut in 2002

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm was given an emotional ovation as he waved farewell to the German club before his final career appearance.

Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning captain, 33, was presented with a number of mementos before Saturday's home win against Freiburg.

Lahm played his 517th and final game for the Bundesliga champions.

Midfielder Xabi Alonso, 35, and keeper Tom Starke, 36, were also presented with gifts as they prepare to retire.

Bayern clinched their fifth successive Bundesliga title last month and finished 15 points clear at the top of the table after a 4-1 victory.

Captain Philipp Lahm and midfielder Xabi Alonso say farewell to Bayern Munich
Bayern said their goodbyes to Lahm, Stark and Alonso before kick-off

'Lahm is one of the all-time greats'

Lahm announced in February that he would be retiring at the end of the season after spending his whole career - bar a loan spell with Stuttgart - at Bayern.

The full-back or holding midfielder has won almost every major domestic and European trophy with the Bavarian club, including his eighth Bundesliga title - a joint record with Bayern legends Oliver Kahn, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mehmet Scholl - this season.

Lahm fought back the tears when he was substituted with five minutes remaining, warmly hugging each of his team-mates before walking off to a standing ovation from the Allianz Arena.

He blew kisses to the home fans, then embraced manager Carlo Ancelotti and Alonso - who had already been substituted - on the touchline.

Lahm, who joined Bayern as an 11-year-old before making his debut in 2002, will be remembered as one of the club's all-time greats, said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

He will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame after the game, the first player since Kahn in 2008 to be added.

"He deserves this accolade, which puts him up there with the greats of FC Bayern," said Rummenigge.

"Both on the pitch and off it, in his role as captain, he has been a truly important person for the club."

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm and midfielder Xabi Alonso
Bayern fans showed their love for Lahm by unveiling these banners before kick-off
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm and midfielder Xabi Alonso
Many supporters said 'thank you' to their retiring skipper

Alonso signs off with an assist

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder Alonso, who said in March he would retire when his contract ended, also ended a memorable career in both domestic and international football.

His triumphs include two Champions League wins, four domestic titles, including three with Bayern, as well as the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with Spain.

A trademark diagonal pass from Alonso allowed Arjen Robben to cut inside from the right flank and open the scoring against Freiburg, before second-half goals from Arturo Vidal, Franck Ribery and Joshua Kimmich sealed the win.

Alonso was brought off in the 81st minute to another emotional standing ovation from the Bayern fans.

"Alonso is one of our best signings of recent years, a real lucky find, a gifted tactician, a highly intelligent man and one of the most uncomplicated players I've ever witnessed," added Rummenigge.

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm and midfielder Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso had his children alongside him on the pitch before the game

Line-ups

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Starke
  • 21LahmSubstituted forFerreira de Souzaat 87'minutes
  • 17BoatengSubstituted forKimmichat 10'minutes
  • 27Alaba
  • 18Bernat
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forRibéryat 82'minutes
  • 23VidalBooked at 53mins
  • 10Robben
  • 25Müller
  • 29Coman
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7Ribéry
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 32Kimmich
  • 35Renato Sanches
  • 37Weinkauf

Freiburg

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schwolow
  • 2IgnjovskiSubstituted forNielsenat 88'minutes
  • 5Gulde
  • 20Kempf
  • 30Günter
  • 26Philipp
  • 8FrantzSubstituted forSchusterat 73'minutes
  • 27Höfler
  • 32Grifo
  • 19HabererSubstituted forPetersenat 68'minutes
  • 7Niederlechner

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 6Abrashi
  • 14Nielsen
  • 17Kübler
  • 18Petersen
  • 23Schuster
  • 44Gikiewicz
Referee:
Dr. Jochen Drees
Attendance:
75,000

Match Stats

Home TeamBayern MunichAway TeamFreiburg
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home33
Away19
Shots on Target
Home11
Away8
Corners
Home15
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Bayern München 4, Sport-Club Freiburg 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 4, Sport-Club Freiburg 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! FC Bayern München 4, Sport-Club Freiburg 1. Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski with a headed pass following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Nicolas Höfler.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München).

  6. Post update

    Alexander Schwolow (Sport-Club Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! FC Bayern München 3, Sport-Club Freiburg 1. Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arjen Robben following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Sport-Club Freiburg. Conceded by Thomas Müller.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc-Oliver Kempf (Sport-Club Freiburg) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Juan Bernat (FC Bayern München).

  11. Post update

    Maximilian Philipp (Sport-Club Freiburg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

  13. Post update

    Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Florian Niederlechner (Sport-Club Freiburg).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sport-Club Freiburg. Håvard Nielsen replaces Aleksandar Ignjovski.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Bayern München. Rafinha replaces Philipp Lahm.

  18. Post update

    Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Gulde (Sport-Club Freiburg).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nils Petersen (Sport-Club Freiburg) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Julian Schuster with a cross.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th May 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich34257289226782
2RB Leipzig34207766392767
3B Dortmund341810672403264
4Hoffenheim341614464372762
5Köln34121395142949
6Hertha Berlin34154154347-449
7Freiburg34146144260-1848
8Werder Bremen34136156164-345
9B Mgladbach34129134549-445
10Schalke341110134540543
11Frankfurt34119143643-742
12B Leverkusen34118155355-241
13Augsburg34911143551-1638
14Hamburg34108163361-2838
15Mainz34107174455-1137
16Wolfsburg34107173452-1837
17Ingolstadt3488183657-2132
18Darmstadt3474232863-3525
View full German Bundesliga table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC