There was controversy in the Bundesliga this afternoon after Bayern Munich fielded 12 players on the pitch for a brief period.

The league leaders beat Freiburg 4-1 away from home, with Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Marcel Sabitzer all on target in the win.

But the victory was overshadowed by a bizarre situation where Bayern accidentally had an extra man for around ten seconds in the period.

Kingsley Coman was supposed to be substituted but an error with the electronic meant 29, his old number, was visible.

The Frenchman wears the No.11 these days and so had no idea he was being replaced.



Sabitzer had entered the fray but Coman had no left the pitch and so there were 11 Bayern outfielders on, until the referee realised and brought a halt to proceedings.

There was then a lengthy delay as officials looked to resolve the issue and liaised with both benches. No serious punishment was required for the oversight and Coman did eventually head off towards the bench.


8 minutes of stoppage time was signalled and Bayern made it count as Sabitzer, the man who took Coman’s place, added gloss on the win with a 96th minute strike.

Manager Julian Nagelsmann addressed the problem in his post-match press conference, stressing that the confusion had no bearing in the grand scheme of things.


Bayern moved nine points clear at the top of the table ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who are losing 2-0 to RB Leipzig in the evening kick-off.

The Bavarian outfit now turn their attentions to the Champions League quarter finals, where they play the first leg away against Villarreal on Wednesday.

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