It’s all over! Bayern Munich have clinched their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with a 4-1 victory over FC Augsburg after going 1-0 down inside of the first 20 minutes of play. Bayern can now shift focus to next week’s second-leg clash against Sevilla in the Champions League; but first, it’s time for match awards!
Jersey Swap: Sergio Córdova. The Venezuelan striker made himself a nuisance for Bayern’s back line, particularly in the opening stages in the match. He was usually the one instigating Augsburg’s high press when Bayern were trying to play their way out from the back. It was his high press on Jerome Boateng in the 18th minute that led to Niklas Sule’s own goal; Córdova forced Boateng into an awkward area and pounced on the opportunity when the center-back was too lackadaisical in deciding what to do with the ball.
Tip of the Cap: Joshua Kimmich. Bayern’s defense was all over the place in the first half, but Kimmich stuck to his task pretty well. You can’t really fault him for Augsburg’s goal, because Boateng had plenty of time to make a decision after Kimmich played it back to him, but Boateng was too slow on the ball. Kimmich’s most telling contribution in the match came in the 38th minute when he queued up James Rodriguez’s goal after cheekily nutmegging Augsburg’s Philipp Max. Additionally, Kimmich provided a successful pass rate of 95% and completed the joint-most key passes (2) alongside Juan Bernat and James.
THAT assist, have a look:
JAMES! Kimmich with a little nutmeg to set up the Colombian and just like that Bayern take a 2-1 lead at Augsburg. #FCAFCB pic.twitter.com/5Q5dE46lsQ— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 7, 2018
Golf Clap: Corentin Tolisso. Great to see Tolisso return from an injury with this type of performance. Like most players in Bayern’s squad, it took him a little bit to grow into that match, but once he did, he was highly effective. His distribution was excellent and it was his diagonal ball to Arjen Robben that lead to James Rodriguez’s goal in the 38th minute. He had the highest pass success rate (96%) of any player on the pitch, not including the substitutes who came on in the second half; and impressive statistic to show for his 90-minute shift. It was also his headed goal in the 32nd minute that inspired Bayern’s fightback; he did well to time and hold his run to perfection to get connection on Kimmich’s cross.
Standing Ovation: James Rodriguez. Another solid performance from the Colombian international highlighted by his well taken goal in the 38th minute. Not to mention his astounding assist to Arjen Robben, spinning in mid-air to keep the ball in play and setting up the Dutchman in the process; his clever presence of mind in a tight situation was excellent! With how he’s playing, it should come as no surprise that he’s now recorded 4 goals and 6 assists within his last 7 matches. He’s become such a crucial part of Bayern’s midfield under Jupp Heynckes, and it’s shown with his positive performances.
Meister of the Match: Arjen Robben. What a way for Robben to cap off Bayern’s 6th consecutive title, wearing the captain’s armband before being replaced by Thomas Muller late on. His brilliantly taken goal in the 62nd minute was no more or less then he deserved after another excellent performance, especially in the second half. In typical Robben fashion, he was always willing to run at defenders and taken them on, so it should come as no surprise that Robben completed more successful dribbles (6) than any other player on the pitch. His audacity in the attacking third was exactly what Bayern required to remain an attacking threat throughout the 90 minutes, especially after going 1-0 down in such disappointing fashion.