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StunnerNuri Sahin celebrate after scoring Dortmund’s first goal from 35 metres out.Photo: reuters
StunnerNuri Sahin celebrate after scoring Dortmund’s first goal from 35 metres out.Photo: reuters

Bayern Munich made ten changes from their stunning Champions League semi-final, first leg win over Barcelona, but still beat Freiburg 1-0 at home on Saturday to break the record for the number of points in a Bundesliga season.

Centre-back Jerome Boateng was the only survivor from the starting line-up which blitzed Barcelona 4-0 last Tuesday at the Allianz Arena as coach Jupp Heynckes rested his stars for Wednesday’s return leg at the Camp Nou.

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri hit the winner when he fired in a direct free-kick on 35 minutes to give Bayern, who were confirmed as champions three weeks ago, their 27th win from their 31 league games this season.

With 84 points this season, they have now passed Borussia Dortmund’s previous record of 81, set in May 2012, for the most Bundesliga points collected in a season, but were made to work by a dogged Freiburg side.

Second-placed Dortmund, who routed Real Madrid 4-1 last Wednesday in their Champions League semi-final, first leg, also made 10 changes for their 2-1 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf.

Midfielder Nuri Sahin put Dortmund ahead with a stunning goal from 35 metres out before Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski scoring in the 70th minute after coming off the bench.

But Duesseldorf midfielder Adam Bodzek pulled a goal back with a header two minutes from time before Dortmund’s Australian goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak pulled off a stunning save in added time to push Martin Latka’s shot onto the post.AFP

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