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Bayern suffocate Augsburg in 3-1 DFB Pokal victory

Augsburg may have scored a goal, but they never had a chance against this youthful Bayern side.

Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - DFB Cup Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

45 minutes of total domination

It is no exaggeration to say Bayern Munich utterly dominated Augsburg from the opening minutes on. In just the second minute of the game, captain Philipp Lahm scored the opening goal for the Bavarians off a perfectly placed strike low and away into the far corner of Augsburg’s net. Far from retaliating, Bayern’s Swabian neighbors simply lied down and died.

In the first half, Bayern dominated possession to the tune of 76 percent, but Augsburg posed virtually no threat at all on the counter, losing possession of the ball in the midfield virtually as soon as they touched it. Augsburg made almost no forays into Bayern’s half, with the exception of a handful of runs by Georg Teigl, all of which ended in frustration.

Bayern’s domination was hampered only by a lack of coordination between its very young offensive players, as Renato Sanches and Kinglsey Coman seemed out of sync with one another, and Juan Bernat and Thomas Müller struggled to deliver service to Julian Green at striker. Instead, Bayern blasted half a dozen long balls at Augsburg’s goal from outside the penalty area. One breathtaking shot by Thiago from the top of the penalty arc sliced just wide.

Bayern finally converted its midfield dominance into a proper strike shortly before halftime, when Müller delivered a perfect cross to Green as he sliced between Augsburg’s center-backs. Green headed the ball down past Marwin Hitz for his first goal of the season in his first start.

Fickle fortune and a lightning strike

Augsburg caught – and then lost – a break at the beginning of the second half: not only did Augsburg at last manage a shot on target, but immediately afterward Mats Hummels conceded a penalty for a foul on Gojko Kacar in the penalty area. Hummels could be seen pushing Kocar from behind ever so slightly as he made for the ball. Ja-Cheol Koo, however, could not get by Manuel Neuer, and the all-Bayern show resumed.

Then it was Bayern’s turn as the plaything of fortune: a wayward cross in Augsburg’s penalty area caught Teigl on the arm – a handball. Now Müller stepped up to take the penalty shot and blasted it harmlessly over the goal, squandering Bayern’s lucky break. Bayern had a bit more luck as Augsburg’s Dong-Won Ji failed to connect with a dangerous cross right across Bayern’s goal.

Ji redeemed himself, however, with an amazing solo effort in the 68th minute. Finding himself alone on the left flank, one on one with Jerome Boateng, Ji deftly outdribbled the world champion and fired a magnificent shot into the top far corner of the net. Manuel Neuer had absolutely no chance. Hats off to the Korean international.

With Augsburg now showing some faint signs of life, Bayern now renewed its efforts to score a third goal. Thiago and co. would fire a few more long shots Augsburg’s way, but failed to connect. On a happy note in the eightieth minute, Holger Badstuber celebrated his return to the field, replacing Mats Hummels. Minutes later, Arturo Vidal came on for Renato Sanches, slamming the door shut on Augsburg’s hopes of stealing a late goal.

David Alaba replaced Green in the final two minutes, the crowd giving Green a worthy round of applause as he left the field. Alaba himself then delivered the parting shot, finally landing yet another long shot in the back of the net, making the final score 3-1 in Bayern’s favor.

Match Details

Bayern Munich 3 - Augsburg 1
Bayern: Lahm (2'), Green (41'), Alaba (93')
Augsburg: Ji (41')

Yellow cards
Bayern: Coman (83')
Augsburg: Baier (27'), Kohr (52')

Bayern XI: Neuer; Bernat, Hummels (Badstuber 81'), Boateng, Lahm; Sanches (Vidal 84'), Thiago, Kimmich; Coman, Green (Alaba 89'), Müller

Augsburg XI: Hitz; Janker, Kacar, Hinteregger, Stafylidis; Kohr (Günther-Schmidt 86'), Baier; Teigl (Schmid 61'), Koo (Altintop 77'), Max; Ji