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Freiburg are undone by Oliver Baumann’s errors


Hamburg SV’s Rafael van der Vaart, left, scores his side’s third goal past SC Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in their Bundesliga match at the Mage Solar Stadion in Freiburg, Germany, on Sunday.

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SC Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann endured a dreadful afternoon on Sunday as his three mistakes presented visitors Hamburg SV with a 3-0 win in the Bundesliga.

Baumann misjudged a long ball from Milan Badelj and failed to clear after emerging outside the penalty area, allowing Maximilian Beister to open the scoring in the 37th minute.

Two minutes after the interval, Baumann again found himself outside the penalty area for Rafael van der Vaart’s hopeful punt forward. The goalkeeper waited, then fumbled, and Pierre-Michel Lasogga swooped to fire into the empty net.

Baumann also spilled Beister’s straightforward shot to let Van der Vaart score in the 63rd minute.

“Better three go in on one day than one each on three different days,” said Baumann, who was playing his first game as Freiburg captain. “My confidence isn’t affected. Sure, it’s a [bad] situation, but ... we have to stay calm, shouldn’t go crazy.”

Baumann redeemed himself somewhat with a good save in a one-on-one with Ivo Ilicevic late on, before both Freiburg and Hamburg players consoled the goalkeeper after the match.

“They told me they were sorry for me. Lasogga and Beister are good sorts. It was nice of them,” Baumann said of his former Germany under-21 teammates.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich said he would speak with the goalkeeper yesterday.

“I’ve experienced many things in the last few weeks that I’ve never before experienced in football,” Streich said.

Freiburg remain second from bottom, one of two sides yet to win after 10 rounds of the Bundesliga. Hamburg climbed to 12th after two wins and two draws since Bert van Marwijk was appointed coach.

“We deserved to win. We created plenty of other chances to score,” Van Marwijk said. “Of course, we were lucky with the goals.”

Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 later on Sunday to move fourth, nine points adrift of the top three.

Juan Arango got ’Gladbach off the mark with a free-kick in the 11th minute, only for Stefan Aigner to equalize four minutes later.

Oscar Wendt restored the home side’s advantage three minutes later with a fine strike inside the near post after playing a one-two with Raffael.

Patrick Herrmann effectively decided the game, shooting inside the bottom-left corner on the hour mark and then setting up Raffael’s goal six minutes later after a well-worked move involving Julian Korb.

“It was OK, it was good,” said ’Gladbach coach Lucien Favre, who played down his side’s chances of ending the season in fourth. “There are many other teams who will be challenging, too. You have Schalke, you have Wolfsburg, it’s very close. The team in 14th [Frankfurt] has national team players. We have to stay grounded.”

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