DFB-Pokal: Augsburg vs. Bayern | Recap

Adam Pretty

Bayern advance to the final 8 of the DFB-Pokal with a (0-2) victory in Augsburg through goals from Robben and Müller.

This match could have gone two ways: First, it could have been boring with Bayern taking a 2-0 or 3-0 lead early on and sitting on it for the rest of the match, or it could have played out the way it did.

And that is to say not boring, rather annoyingly close, physical, at times dirty, and above all else, difficult.

To narrow the match down to three points:

-Arjen Robben's injury and subbing off crippled Bayern's attack

-FC Augsburg will get no sympathy from Bayern fans if/when they finally get relegated, and lastly

-Hurray, we're in the next round, now let's wipe this match from the history books forever

Only four minutes into the match, Arjen Robben put Bayern ahead with a shot and subsequent follow-up tap-in. After that, Augsburg began to harass Bayern.

Off the top of my head, I can recall every Bayern player besides Neuer and Kroos being victims of rough fouls or worse at the hands of our not-so-friendly Bavarian neighbors.

In the 16' Robben was called offside but was still up-ended by FCA's goalkeeper Hitz in the penalty area. The Dutchman suffered a gnarly flesh wound and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Hitz got away with only a yellow card.

The rest of the match saw few decent Augsburg chances created, though there were some, but mostly just fouls all over the place. Come to think of it, this wasn't too different from the Pokal match there last season, in which Franck Ribery was red-carded.

Thomas Müller, true to form, scored 12 minutes from time after having a dismal match to seal the victory.

David Alaba wasn't spectacular, and Dante made a few poor passes. That said, the backline was solid when it had to defend.

Manuel Neuer thought he was a midfielder again, and again it didn't lead to conceding a goal so good for him, I guess. Chase your dreams, Manu, reach for the stars.

The next round of the tournament will take place after the winter break on February 11 or 12. Bayern will face either Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Dortmund, Hamburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, Hoffenheim or Kaiserslautern.

The draw is on Sunday on ARD Sportschau with Bundestrainerin Silvia Neid doing the honors. It begins at 6 p.m. German time.

On the weekend Bayern travel to Bremen before wrapping up the Champions League group stage against Manchester CIty in the Allianz Arena.

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