FC Bayern Munich extended their lead over pursuers Borussia Dortmund to nine points on the 29th match day of the Bundesliga. Coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team beat FC Augsburg 1-0 (0-0) in front of 75,000 spectators in the Allianz Arena. Robert Lewandowski (82nd) scored the late goal of the day with a hand penalty.
Bayern had a hard time against FC Augsburg for a long time, the 0-1 draw at FC Villarreal in the Champions League seemed to be lagging behind them. As in the premier class, the Munich team did not score a single shot on goal in the first half, they worked erratically for a long time and played poorly. The bottom line is that the win was deserved thanks to a small increase in performance in the second half.
to the question at skywhether Bayern would have been blocked in the first half, Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka said: “Blocking is exaggerated. We didn’t play a good first half. The intensity was lacking, we got into the game badly. But in the end it’s about that to win.” Looking ahead to Tuesday’s Champions League second leg against FC Villarreal in Munich, Goretzka said: “We’ll have to improve on Tuesday. We’ll do that too.”
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann gave the game a “good rating: It was important to win today. We had very good changes,” he praised himself. And further: “Sabi (Marcel Sabitzer, the editor) and King (Kingsley Coman, the editor) we won the game. Sabitzer played his best game. Not all of us are at our maximum peak. Maybe we were already thinking about Tuesday. I thought it was very good after the break. We deserved it won. We’re in a phase where you don’t have to shine, you just have to win.”
Augsburg’s coach Markus Weinzierl was still upset during the game because of the penalty decision – Reece Oxford was unlucky enough to get the ball – according to the TV pictures he said: “He can give it.”. Otherwise, Weinzierl said: “It was a great away game. We deserved something. It’s bitter to lose to Bayern like that in the 80th minute when you put in so much effort.”
FC Bayern – FC Augsburg: The analysis
Balanced first half, without big chances and excitement. Augsburg started in a 4-4-2 formation, pressed up and posed major problems for Bayern (as they did recently in a 4-2-3-1 system). The guests disturbed early on, but also benefited from Munich’s hair-raising ball losses.
The vote in the defense of the record champions did not fit again. Bayern left far too much space for the guests, and there were always huge gaps between defense and midfield. Augsburg played a lot on the left and was the more dangerous and better team with fast counterattacks, but didn’t make enough of the opportunities offered.
Bayern have more possession of the ball, but overall agitated, without speed and targeted attacks. Significant: There was no shot on goal. Neuer even had more ball contacts than Lewandowski.
Nagelsmann reacted during the break, brought Musiala for Gnabry, and later Davies and Coman. As a result, Bayern, more offensive and determined, put Augsburg under significantly more pressure. The guests positioned themselves a little lower, but remained dangerous with their counterattacks. The game shifted more and more in the direction of FCA, who ultimately could not free themselves from the clutches of Munich and conceded the crucial goal from the penalty spot.
FC Bayern – FC Augsburg: The lineups
Bayern: Neuer – Pavard, Upamecano, Nianzou, O. Richards (58th Davies) – Kimmich, Goretzka (58th Sabitzer), Gnabry (46th Musiala), T. Müller, L. Sané (65th Coman) – Lewandowski
Had a lot planned against his youth club and also delivered. Won many duels, going forward with good passes and also with a very strong body language. Is becoming more and more the head of the Augsburg team.
The flop of the match: Leroy Sane (FC Bayern Munich)
Another performance that is reminiscent of times that brought him a lot of criticism and even whistles. This time there wasn’t, but Sane missed a lot in terms of running, creativity and accuracy. After 65 minutes it was over.
The referee: Patrick Ittrich
Had no problems leading the game. Correct decision to use the video assistant to point to the penalty spot on Oxford’s handball (82′).