FC Bayern München 3-0 FC Augsburg | Recap

Alexander Hassenstein

The Rekordmeisters faced a good test from another Bavarian side who are fighting for their Bundesliga lives, but ultimately prevailed with three second half goals.

The match didn't need to take place for this to be a good day. Win or lose, Bayern would be lifting the trophy to designate the record-breaking team as German champions for the first time in three years.

Unlike Bayern, Augsburg had everything to play for. Sitting just above the automatic relegation places, FCA was tied with Fortuna Düsseldorf for the playoff spot coming in, but with a five goal deficit to Fortuna in the tie-breaking statistic.

The first half and really the first hour saw Bayern get a fair amount of chances, but also commit an above average amount of mistakes and errors. Perhaps they thought this match would be no test, or they were looking forward to the celebrations, but a few Augsburg penalty claims were denied and more than a few FCA chances went just wide or high of Manuel Neuer's net.

At the hour mark, though, the Reds took the match by the scruff of the neck and inflicted their will upon the outcome.

Augsburg's Manninger had a brilliant match, most notably saving a Mandzukic shot from point-blank range, but his efforts alone wouldn't be enough to compensate for the gap in class between the two sides once Bayern began suffocating the Augsburg midfield and as a result halted all of their attempts at advancing towards goal.

Ten minutes after the hour mark, an Alaba lofted cross found the head of Thomas Müller to open scoring.

Eight minutes from time, Ribery found himself sandwiched between the end line and what seemed like the whole of the Augsburg defense, but somehow managed to square it back across to Shaqiri who was well-marked just feet from goal. It seemed as if the Swiss international would play a pass in the direction which he was facing, that is to say towards the top of the box, but instead he made a world-class turn and beat Manninger to the near post for the 2-0.

Luis Gustavo, Thomas Müller's replacement at the very time of the second goal, added a third five minutes after coming on to put the icing on Jupp Heyncke's final home match as manager of FC Bayern.

Post-match, the players received the Meisterschale and yes, finally, beer on the pitch for a season well done.

Record points, record wins, and still hungry for more.

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