Sunday 20 August 2017

Watch: Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso's final half of football comically delayed by Anastacia half-time show

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Bayern Munich duo Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso bowed out of professional football on Saturday with a 4-1 win over SC Freiburg at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Lahm and Alonso, who have accumulated 227 international caps between them, took to the pitch for the final time against Freiburg, and after taking a 1-0 into half-time thanks to an early Arjen Robben goal, Bayern re-emerged for the second-half to witness American pop singer Anastacia complete her half-time performance of I'm Outta Love.

Either completely unaware of both sets of players waiting uneasily around for her to finish, or completely aware of Lahm and Alonso's pending retirements, Anastacia provided the two World Cup winners with a couple of extra minutes on the pitch as Bayern scored three goals in the second period to cruise to victory.

When Lahm and Alonso did depart in the second-half, substitute Franck Ribery added Bayern's third and a fourth came late on from Joshua Kimmich.

It was a classic sweeping pass from Alonso that created Bayern's fourth-minute breakthrough.

From inside the centre circle, he found Robben in his familiar station on the right flank with an almost effortless 40-yard ball. The Dutchman darted towards the edge of the penalty area and offloaded a left-footed strike that looked to perhaps take a slight deflection off Christian Gunter on its way across goal and inside the far corner.

Bayern had a host of chances to add to their lead, keeping Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow busy.

Vidal doubled the lead in the 73rd minute when he threaded a 20-yard shot into the bottom-right corner, before Petersen's strike denied Tom Starke a clean sheet. Starke was the third Bayern player being waved off into retirement, the 36-year-old reserve goalkeeper afforded a rare first-team opportunity before taking up a coaching role with the Bayern academy.

Bayern's players and supporters gave Lahm and Alonso their dues, before Ribery and Kimmich added gloss to the victory.

The players then got their hands on the Bundesliga trophy for the fifth straight season.

*Additional reporting provided by Press Association.

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