Canadian star Alphonso Davies returns to action against Bayern Munich after head injury

Canadian star Alphonso Davies returns to action against Bayern Munich after head injury

MUNICH – Canadian star Alphonso Davies, who suffered a heart injury after taking a boot to the head last week, returned to action on Sunday as Bayern Munich beat SC Freiburg 5-0 in a Bundesliga match.

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The win at the Allianz Arena moved Bayern (5-1-4) up one place to second and dropped Freiburg (5-2-3) to third.

Davis played the full 90 minutes and was clocked at 36 km/h during the game.

The 21-year-old from Edmonton made his presence felt early, blasting a left-footed shot just off the edge of the penalty box in the fifth minute. At the other end, Davies used his body to prevent Freiburg’s Japanese winger Ritsu Doan from reaching a cross in front of the Bayern goal in the 10th minute.

And he drew a sigh of relief from the Allianz Arena in the 13th minute, when, after some tricky footwork, he sent the ball past Doan. Seconds later, Davis was involved in Byrne’s first goal.

Eric Maxim Choupo Moting found Davies rushing into the penalty box and sent a low cross to Canadian Leroy Sane, whose point-blank shot was blocked by Freiburg keeper Mark Flicken. The rebound went straight to Serge Gnabry who headed home.

In the 44th minute, Davies came out of the area to stop an attack when Kevin Scheid beat Bayern center back Matjis de Ligt on the right. As Shedd headed for the ball, a strike from Davies reached her first – en route to a Freiburg forward.

Davies crumpled to the ground in the 50th minute, a rough tackle that earned Freiburg’s Michael Gregoritsch a yellow card.

Chopo Moting scored Bayern’s lead in the 33rd minute, San (52nd), Sadio Mane (55th) and Marcel Sabitzer (80th).

It was a welcome return for Davies, who missed the midweek Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen.

Davies had to be helped after challenging Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham for the ball before half-time at Borussia Dortmund last Saturday.

The injury occurred when the English midfielder, using his body to save the ball from Davies, flicked the ball into the air with his right foot, looking for and deflecting off the Bayern full-back. Davies hit the ball head first and Bellingham’s leg connected with the Canadian’s face, not the ball.

Davis fell to the ground again, clutching his face. He received treatment and appeared unsteady as he was helped off the field for half an hour in the evening. He saw no further action.

Dortmund equalized 2-0 with 2-0 goals in the 74th and 95th minutes.

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