Full-time: It’s over. Bayern and Augsburg draw 1-1. Give Augsburg credit, they never backed down from Bayern, were not intimidated, didn’t resort to on-field assault, and fought until they tied the game. Felix Götze is going to really, really enjoy this draw; probably more than another tie game he’s been involved with.
90+2’: Muller with a nifty little delivery to Thiago, but the Spaniard doesn’t get a good piece of it.
87’: Felix Götze gets the ultimate revenge on his old team with a late goal to tie i
84’: An offside call there nullified a goal by Ribery.
77’: A yellow for Thiago and Gregoritsch is out for Augburg. Sergio Cordova is on.
74’: It was a nifty little attempt for Alaba that gave Luthe some trouble as it skipped. Thiago on for Sandro Wagner.
73’: Another yellow for Augsburg for a foul on Alaba. Are we on Ala-boom watch?????
67’: Ribery was just offside on what would have been a great opportunity for Bayern.
64’: Here is the video of Robben’s sweet, sweet goal from earlier.
ROBBEN!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 25, 2018
Bayern take the lead early in the second half as Robben scores his 98th Bundesliga goal. pic.twitter.com/LbMho9PghF
59’: Ribery on for Gnabry.
57’: Looks like Franck Ribery will be coming on for Bayern shortly. Bayern looks far better now than they did in the first half.
50’: Sanches with another great opportunity, but drilled it right at Luthe! Another lost opportunity.
47’: Serge Gnabry with a great run and a deft pass over to Arjen Robben, who was super patient and calmly maneuvered around Luthe and several Augsburg players to deposit the ball into the net for a 1-0 Bayern lead!
46’: We’re underway. David Alaba is on for Leon Goretzka.
Halftime Hot Takes:
- Bayern has been inconsistent throughout the game and definitely a bit sloppy. The poor finishing is very disappointing. It seems as if this grouping just has no feel for how to play together and that’s not probably not completely unexpected for Niko Kovac.
- Augsburg deserves a little credit, they’ve been willing to actually play with Bayern, but just dont have the horses aside of Michael Gregoritsch, Philipp Max (who has been very quite), and Caiuby.
- I think they Bayern lineup needs a bit more time together. I hope Kovac gives them 15-20 minutes or so to see if they can make something happen.
- Manuel Neuer just looks supremely confident and comfortable.
- Renato Sanches had a decent half, but couldn’t finish at all.
- Leon Goretzka looks very wary at left back (and probably justifiably so).
- I’d say aside of Neyer, Kimmich was Bayern’s best player.
- I’d like to see Muller be more confident and assert himself on this game a bit. He’s too willing to make the extra pass instead of looking for his own shot. This isn’t the normal XI, so that extra pass often doesn’t produce the kind of results you may expect.
44’: Gnabry whipped a shot on net, but Luthe deflected it out. On the ensuing corner Sanches, again, found himself in a great spot, but airmailed a golden opportunity. Not a good showing for Sanches’ finishing ability today.
41’: Joshua Kimmich put a nice ball in for Sandro Wagner, but Wagner did not get a good piece of it. A few seconds later, Wagner had a golden opportunity from a wide open position in front of the net, but couldn’t find a way around Luthe. That should have been a goal.
37’: Some nice work from Sanches and Robben, but Sanches airmails the shot. Maybe should have passed it back to Robben, but was worth the take...he just didn’t put it on frame.
34’: Nice ball in from Joshua Kimmich, but Sandro Wagner put the ball over the net. A minute later Sanches tried Augsburg GK Andreas Luthe from distance, but Luthe made an easy save.
26’: Through 25 minutes, the game has largely been sloppy. The bets part of the game is that Augsburg appears to want to play with Bayern, but Die Roten can’t really put anything significant together.
20’: Augsburg is pressing and attacking, unlike many of Bayern’s Bundesliga opponents so far. They came to Munich to play, not sit back and hope for a tie. Yellow now for Khedira.
13’: Leon Goretzka picks up a yellow for a sloppy challenge. The former Schalke man hasn’t quite looked comfortable here at left back.
12’: Renato Sanches had a go at one but pulled it wide. Bayern is starting to assert itself now.
11’: It looks like Augsburg is going to take some chances in this one, which should make it fun. Gnabry lofted a nice pass into the box, but Sandro Wagner shielded Thomas Muller’s line of sight.
9’: Augsburg has had some opportunities here early and Bayern has been sloppy.
6’: It’s choppy as hell right now. This lineup may take a while to get comfortable (cue a goal coming up within a few minutes). Caiuby blasted one at Neuer there, which the Bayern keeper saved. Total lack of creativity there for Caiuby.
4‘: By the way, this CSmith1919 guiding you through your Live Blog. Tommy Adams is providing the Twitter coverage. It looks like Leon Goretzka drew the role of left back for the contest.
1’: We are underway!
Less than 30 minutes to go: Here is Augsburg’s lineup...
1 hour until kickoff: Bayern’s lineup is out, and it’s weirder than anyone expected ...
With Oktoberfest underway, Bayern Munich will now be paid a visit by FC Augsburg in a matchday that Germans nicknamed the English Week, because Germany doesn’t really do midweek games. Niko Kovac has come out of the gates with 7 wins in 7 games, and will want to continue his incredible record for at least a little while longer.
However, it’s not as bad as it could be for Augsburg. Bayern will need to rotate for this fixture, to keep everyone fit and healthy with Champions League games over the horizon. That likely means no Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez, or Franck Ribery — giving the challengers a fighting chance. Augsburg will want to take at least something away from this game, to offset two losses against Werder Bremen and Mainz in matchdays past, but it’ll be difficult. Niko Kovac isn’t known for underestimating his opponents.
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