Even after falling behind, SC Freiburg showed grit and determination to snatch a late win against an unfortunate Heidenheim side.
Petersen penalty brings Freiburg level
He was having a difficult season, but that didn't stop Marc Schnatterer from finally grabbing a goal and ending his drought. Their inspirational captain hadn't netted since matchday five and was looking a show of his former self. However, a driving run from deep and a powerful drive bobbled over the hands of the despairing Alexander Schwolow gave Heidenheim an early lead.
Freiburg weren't too disheartened after going behind, and almost leveled immediately with a stunning strike from Amir Abrashi. The ball bobbled loose but sat up nicely for the defensive midfielder, who curled a half-volley onto the top of the crossbar. Heidenheim responded with a flowing move of their own and Smail Morabit brought the best out of Schwolow, who made a solid save.
The league leaders would not be denied for too much longer, as Nicolas Höfler was brought down in the area by Timo Beermann. Heidenheim appealed furiously but it was no use, with Peter Sippel rightly pointing to the spot. Nils Petersen stepped up to the plate and confidently dispatched the spot-kick, sending Jan Zimmermann the wrong way just before the half-time whistle.
Freiburg win it at the death
Schnatterer picked up where he left off after the break, and felt he should have had a penalty when he went down under Marc Torrejon's challenge. Sippel waved play on, and the home fans were up in arms over the decision. Beermann had the best chance of all, however, as he brought the ball down at the back post but could only fire past the upright.
Freiburg had a headed opportunity go wildly over the bar in the final few minutes, but they would eventually get the winning goal through Karim Guedé. The forward, who has become a cult hero among certain fans of the Schwarzwald club, was able to pounce on the rebound after Kevin Kraus turned a cross goalwards. Zimmermann initially made a fantastic reaction save, but Guedé tapped in to secure Freiburg's spot at the top for at least another week.