Bundesliga Leader FC Bayern Munich stunned by defeat to Augsburg

Chidalu Obiajulu

FC Bayern Munich weren’t given a breathing space to exploit the opening within the defensive line of the home side, which led to a frustrating encounter against their neighbours, Augsburg.

Augsburg held tight against the mighty Bayern Munich to secure a win in their Bavarian derby on Friday night. This would be their third win in 21 league games.

It was only Augsburg’s third win in 21 league games against its powerful southeastern neighbour, which fell to its second defeat of the season. Bayern had won 16 of their previous 20 meetings.

Augsburg played on pacey mode, not allowing their mighty neighbours to exploit any small openings, and challenged for any duels, they were well prepared ahead of their Derby.

The Augsburg player who got the well deserved opener was Ped Madsersen, when he let the ball fly inside the far corner after Lucas Hernandez could only deflect a cross into his path.

It wasn’t long before the home fans celebrated again in the 35th, when André Hahn met Lago Amaral Borduchi’s cross with a thumping header past Manuel Neuer after Marcel Sabitzer lost the ball in midfield.

But the mighty neighbour’s striker Lewandowski pulled one back almost immediately, set up by Thomas Müller on his 600th competitive game for Bayern. It was the Poland star’s 14th goal in 12 league games this season.

The intensity and pacey game of the home side dropped when Lewandowski fired a clear cut chance over.

The Reds coach made some changes and brought on Jamal Musiala and Alphonso Davies in the 52nd to give his team more attacking threat, then Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for the final 20 minutes. But unfortunately, his team missed other chances to equalize even as Augsburg dropped further back, and Borussia Dortmund could cut Bayern’s lead to a point if it manages to beat Stuttgart at home on Saturday.

The defeat brought an end to Bayern’s four-game winning run in the league.

“It was not an undeserved win for Augsburg,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said. “I am disappointed and for the first time as Bayern coach really frustrated,” he added.

“We did not use the large spaces we had in the first half,” Julian Nagelsmann continued. “We made mistakes with possession. We had a numerical advantage in midfield but did not use it. We did not go over the wings when we also could.”

The old thomas Muller known for his agility, pacey and goalscoring ability made his 600th appearance for Bayern in the match but they were missing three players through Covid-19 quarantine, including midfielder Joshua Kimmich.