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Bavarian football DOES work: Bayern Munich edge Augsburg 2-1 in derby

Bayern Munich come from behind to beat Augsburg 2-1 in the Bavarian Derby.

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Bayern Munich received a late penalty from Thomas Müller to beat Augsburg 2-1 in the Bavarian Derby at the Allianz Arena.

The opening salvo of the match fell to Bayern. Xabi Alonso's corner kick was headed on by Robert Lewandowski. The ball set up tantalizingly at the back post, and Thomas Müller was only inches away from poking it over the goal line. Even without the goal, the message was clear: Bayern was here to win today.

Thiago Alcantara nearly put FC Bayern ahead in the 20th minute with a powerful header. David Alaba whipped in a cross from wide left, but Marwin Hitz made an excellent save to deny Thiago the opening goal. A little later, Müller tried an audacious backheel on a cross from Douglas Costa that he didn't fully connect with.

Unfortunately, all of those near misses aren't good enough when you're playing a team with Augsburg's quality. Koo Ja-cheol played a give and go with Raul Bobadilla into the FC Bayern box. Ja-cheal flicked the ball into the way of Alexander Esswein who unleashed a rocket from only a few yards out. Manuel Neuer was left with zero chance.

Kingsley Coman made his debut for Bayern in the 55th minute. He came on for Arturo Vidal who struggled in the middle of the field on the day. It was a big opportunity for the young French winger to show just what he could do.

After a lot of struggling to break down the Augsburg defense, Bayern finally found their equalizer in the 77th minute. Müller's shot from the left somehow made it through the hands of Hitz. Lewandowski was on hand to smash the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

In stoppage time, Douglas Costa cut past Feulner and was knocked to the ground. A penalty was called, and Müller converted the spot kick to give FC Bayern the 2-1 lead and victory.

Match Details

Bayern Munich Augsburg

FCB: Robert Lewandowski (77)

FCA: Alexander Esswein (41)

FCB XI: Neuer; Alaba, Boateng, Rafinha; Thiago, Alonso, Vidal (Coman 55), Lahm (Kimmich 90+1); Costa, Müller (Bernat 90); Lewandowski

FCA XI: Hitz; Feulner, Klavan, Jeong-ho, Verhaegh; Baier; Werner, Ja-cheol, Kohr (Matavž 90), Esswein (Altintop 70); Bobadilla (Ji 76)

Instant Analysis

  • For all of their possession and crosses in the first half, Bayern couldn't seem the find the final touch throughout the first half. Müller and Lewandowski came close on multiple occasions
  • Esswein's goal was a fantastic bit of team play by Augsburg mixed in with some poor defending from Bayern. Alonso was caught ball watching, and Vidal was slow to react leaving Esswein wide open to unleash a rocket.
  • Arturo Vidal wasn't have a great game in the middle of the park for Bayern, and Pep Guardiolabrought him off in favor of Kingsley Coman before the hour mark. Yes, Bayern have the midweek game in Greece, but Vidal must play better.
  • Bayern's goal was a bit fortunate, even if "deserved". Müller's shot never should've made it through the hands of Hitz for Lewandowski to easily score. Still, a goal is a goal.
  • You can argue the penalty all day long, but the referee and assistant referee both immediately called for it. There was zero doubt in their mind.
  • Overall, the performance was rather poor from Bayern on the day. They'll be hoping to put together a better match against Olympiacos midweek in the Champions League.

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