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Bayern Munich Win Herbstmeisterschaft with 4-0 Victory in Augsburg

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Bayern blow the doors off of Augsburg's defense in second half to pick up their sixth straight Bundesliga victory.

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For the fourth consecutive season, Bayern Munich won the Herbstmeisterschaft, beating Augsburg 4-0 on Saturday in SGL Arena.

Arjen Robben scored his third brace of the season as part of a 13-minute explosion in the second half, one that left the Augsburg defense in ruins. Bayern have now won six consecutive Bundesliga matches and remain unbeaten in domestic competition.

Augsburg hang tough for the first hour of the match, even though they let a few scoring chances slip through their fingers. Hong Jeong-Ho and Ragnar Klavan held their ground, and a packed midfield removing the impetus from Bayern's buildup play. Even though their hands were up, Bayern kept pounding away until eventually they found an opening.

Franck Ribéry's free kick found the head of Mehdi Benatia in the 58th minute, and the Moroccan's header pinged off the post and past a frozen Alexander Manninger. Not only was it Benatia's first goal in a Bayern kit, but also was the first set-piece goal Bayern have scored on the season.

Before Augsburg could muster some sort of response, Robben unleashed a wicked curling ball far post to double the scoreline a minute later. Devastated, the Augsburg defense deteriorated after that. Robert Lewandowski slide a shot from outside the box inside the left post in the 68th minute, and Robben doubled his tally three minutes afterwards after Rode salvaged his scoring chance.

Augsburg only fired away six shots throughout the match, unable to rekindle the magic that allowed them to soar to the top of the table. The result keeps them in third at the moment, but Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach could both surpass them depending how their match plays out on Sunday.

Bayern have now won 20 Bundesliga Herbstmeisterschaften in club history, and they have converted 17 of those titles into Bundesliga championships. They will take their unbeaten record into their midweek match against SC Freiburg before finishing up the Hinrunde schedule against 1. FSV Mainz 05.

Match Details

Augsburg (0-4) Bayern Munich | SGL Arena
FCB: Mehdi Benatia (58'), Arjen Robben (59', 71'), Robert Lewandowski (68')

Augsburg XI (4-1-4-1): Manninger – Verhaegh, Hong, Klavan, Baba – Baier – Bobadilla, Feulner, Altintop (Kohr 73'), Werner (Esswein 70') – Djurdjic (Mölders 68')

Bayern XI (4-3-3): Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Benatia, Bernat – Rode, Alonso (Götze 74'), Schweinsteiger (Højbjerg 72') – Robben (Müller 77'), Lewandowski, Ribéry

Analysis

  • After tinkering at midweek, Pep Guardiola put out a set-up he has not used since David Alaba and Philipp Lahm got injured. That allowed Sebastian Rode to play in the role that he thrived in during his Eintracht Frankfurt days, and he impressed once again. His decision making is improving with every match he plays, linking up the play at the level Bayern need him to. For all those holding their breath wondering whether Rode will get his chance, you can exhale.
  • The result really does not do Augsburg justice, for the Fuggerstädter held strong in their defensive third for almost the entire first hour. Hong Jeong-Ho and Ragnar Klavan came up with crucial interceptions, and Alexander Manninger punched away everything in his path. The set piece goal from Benatia unbuckled their defense as the midfield went to chase the game, and Bayern got in three more lasers while Augsburg's  shields were down. Augsburg has shown a lot of heart and resilience in many matches this season, but this was not one of them.
  • The Fußballgott has returned from the heavens to bless football pitches with his midfield wizardry. He appeared more carefree with his body, winning balls in midfield and pushing his way into scoring positions. He and Xabi Alonso have already clicked in midfield, even though they have been playing opposite each other their entire careers. He will restore balance to the build-up play Guardiola wants, and he appears fit enough now to be an every match starter once again.