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Big Shot Bob: Lewandowski Bosses Augsburg

A tight match in the Allianz against Bayern's recent nemesis yielded plenty of performances worthy of recognition

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Tip Of The Cap: Thiago Alcantara. Look up the definition of Box To Box Player in Miriam-Webster's little known Soccer Dictionary and you'll see a picture of a smiling well coiffed Thiago. He successfully dribbled, crossed and long-balled the Augsburg defense for 90 minutes and fired off four shots as well inducing a great save from Marwin Hitz. It may not have been the most noticeable performance, but he was a big part of the Bayern attack without sacrificing any of his defensive responsibilities.

Golf Clap: Douglas Costa. You can debate the merits of his penalty inducing dive at the end of the game, but you can't deny that he did anything and everything he possibly could to find that late go ahead goal. He's been clocked as fast as 21 Kph on the pitch and that blazing speed showed in full force constantly harassing the Augsburg back line. He had a team high three successful crosses and had several more crosses that were well marked by Augsburg but nonetheless dangerous. Despite Augsburg's astute last ditch defending, Costa kept working and fighting for the winning goal.

Standing Ovation: Marwin Hitz. The 28 year old Augsburg keeper was absolutely stellar between the sticks. His first big save came Robert Lewandowski header from close range that is surely a goal 99 times out of 100. After that, he only got better turning aside shot after shot from a Bayern attack which generated 27 shots, 10 of them needed to be saved by Hitz. The vast majority of this game was played in the Augsburg side of the pitch, as evidenced by the fact that Hitz led his team in touches with 58. Augsburg for the most part was completely outplayed, but the only reason they were even close was thanks to Marwin Hitz's brilliance.

Meister Of The Match: Robert Lewandowski. It's easy to look at this award and think that it is only due to him getting the equalizer, but he contributed much more to this game. Bayern struggled to solve the Augsburg defensive strategy, but Lewandowski still managed to have eight total shots, five of them on goal. And just for fun, he completed 95% of his passes as well. For a while It looked as if Hitz would be the kryptonite to Lewa's Superman, but eventually he found a way through. In the 77th minute he absolutely bullied the Augsburg defense in a great display of skill, strength and overall tenacity.

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