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Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac was left to rue a whole host of opportunities missed by his side as they fell to second in the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw against a resolute Freiburg side on Saturday.

Having been top of the division on goals difference ahead of the weekend's clash, Die Roten came unstuck against their determined and well-organised opponents, seeing them drop crucial points in the race for the title.

Kovac's side deservedly fell behind after just three minutes through Lucas Höler's early header, and came within inches of being pegged further back, only for a combination of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng saving them as they combined to clear Mike Frantz's goal-bound effort off the line.

Robert Lewandowski scored his 199th Bundesliga goal in acrobatic fashion shortly after to draw the visitors level, with Kovac, speaking on the club's official website, left unimpressed by his team's first half showing, bemoaning Bayern's inability to execute the first half game plan as planned.

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"We must blame ourselves for two things. In the first half we didn't act as we had planned," he said.

The second period saw a different Bayern side emerge, as the champions carved open numerous opportunities to grab a winner, only to be denied by a combination of good saves from Alexander Schwolow and wayward finishing from Lewandowski.

Such was the number of chances created by the visitors that Kovac was bemused by his side's failure to seal the win, instead left scratching his head as to how the Bavarian side were unable to snatch all three points.

He added: "In the second half we didn't make use of the wealth of chances we had. Those are the decisive points. 1-1 at half-time is okay. But in the second half we should have exploited the wealth of chances, if so we'd have comfortably won the match."