Bayern Munich stunned by Augsburg in Bavarian Derby

Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer in action against Augsburg on Friday. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer in action against Augsburg on Friday. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /

On Matchday 12 of this Bundesliga season, Augsburg found themselves victorious over FC Bayern Munich. Augsburg, who were previously sitting in the relegation zone were able to take down Bayern in this 2-1 home win.

Augsburg grabbed their first goal in the 23rd minute of the game coming from a deflection that landed in front of a wide-open Mads Pederson. A cross from Augsburg’s Iago was pushed back into play after Lucas Hernandez attempted to intervein. The ball had bounced right to the feet of Pederson to fire it past Manuel Neuer.

Andre Hahn scored Augsburg’s second in the 35th minute after Iago delivered in another inch-perfect cross from the left side. Hahn was just able to outjump Hernandez, beating him to the ball.

Bayern quickly answered with a great passage of team play that was finished off by Robert Lewandowski in the 38th minute. Augsburg’s second goal seemed to light a fire underneath the Bayern players, giving them a little more pep in their play. The quick build-up found Benjamin Pavard out wide to the right of the final third. Pavard fired in a cross which was flicked on by Thomas Muller, a brilliant scorpion kick that sent the ball straight to the foot of Lewandowski to hammer it home.

The first half concluded with both sides getting into a heated scuffle. It seemed a few passionate words were exchanged between striker Andre Hahn and Lucas Hernandez which led to pushing and shoving between both sides. Hahn and Hernandez were both awarded a yellow as the half closed out.

The second half wreaked the effects that the international break across the last two weeks had on these players. Both sides came out of the tunnel looking rather sluggish.

The only true excitement coming from the second half was found in the 78th minute. Bayern were finally starting to build a little momentum in their passing, coming from the pure persistence of Muller. A through ball found an open Lewandowski for a shot but drew an excellent save from Augsburg’s Rafal Gikiewics. The rebound fell to the feet of Alphonso Davies, but his shot was sent soaring over the crossbar.

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The last ten minutes of the game saw Augsburg setting back in their own box waiting for the Bayern attack. Cross after cross, through ball after through ball, Bayern were bringing the pressure in numbers. However, this pressure came to nothing in the end after a strong defensive lockdown for Augsburg.

Bayern Munich will be looking to find their feet again after the strenuous international break in their mid-week game against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League group stage.