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Match Awards from Bayern’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Augsburg

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Well, that was brutal. Poor finishing and a mental lapse saw Niko Kovac’s men fail to secure a victory for the first time this season.


MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 25: Renato Sanches of Bayern Munich reacts after a missed chance during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and FC Augsburg at Allianz Arena on September 25, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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Jersey Swap: Felix Götze

Andreas Luthe seemed sure to grab the honorary jersey swap as he came up huge on multiple occasions for the other Bavarian club, but Augsburg’s Felix Götze walks away with the riches following a chested redirection into the Bayern Munich goal. A mistake from Neuer and poor defending left him open in the 6-yard box and he saw to it that his team secured a point. Kudos to Götze for not celebrating against his former club after a solid display today.

Tip of the Cap: David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich

Serge Gnabry should probably get a shoutout for his performance and assist, but Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba proved their worth yet again today. Alaba came on at halftime after a mediocre display from Leon Goretzka on the left flank, while Kimmich dominated the right side of the pitch all game. The German right back had two pinpoint crosses that Sandro Wagner failed to put away and Alaba and Franck Ribery terrorized the Augsburg defense in the latter stages of the game. A lack of depth at full-back means these two will be called upon to carry a massive load. Hopefully, Kovac can get them rest, as he did today for the Austrian international, because each is vital to what we do.

Golf Clap: Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller put on yet another enterprising display, defending and pressing hard and deep throughout the match. The Raumdeuter seemed to turn up all over the pitch today. Wagner, in a disappointing game, was able to find space in part due to Müller’s energetic runs occupying the defense. A disallowed goal and a few off-target shots left the stat sheet uncharacteristically empty, but Müller will continue a crucial player moving forward.

Standing Ovation: Arjen Robben

The Dutch international continues to find a way to get the job done. At 34 he put in another energetic 90 minutes that saw him rewarded following an unselfish decision from Serge Gnabry on the break. Robben’s patience and power allowed him to slot it home with a crowd of defenders flailing to get a block in. Defensively, Robben has shown a desire to contribute to the press and a work rate that allows him to create chances on the offensive end. Bayern need him to continue coming up with goals in the smaller Bundesliga matches to spell some of the bigger names. The depth he provides can go a long way as the Bavarian giants await the return of Kingsley Coman.

Meister of the Match: Renato Sanches

Sanches was a man on a mission tonight, although out of control at times and lacking the finishing touch needed to kill off the game, the Portuguese international had the keys to Bayern’s offense all night. He sliced and diced defenders on multiple occasions in addition to crunching defense and tireless effort. He looked full of confidence and is showing signs of returning to his top form. He is definitely still a raw talent as indicated by his finishing, but he is starting to remind the haters why the Rekordmeister forked over the cash to get him in the first place.