Initial reactions and observations
- The problem of chance conversion reared its ugly head yet again. Bayern Munich thoroughly dominated Augsburg after the 20th minute of the game, but only have 5 goals to show for it. That might seem like a nitpick, but with the chances the team created this game could’ve easily seen Augsburg concede ten or more goals. Finishing needs to be better.
- Alphonso Davies was the star of the show tonight. His goal and assist put the game to bed for Bayern, and he had a number of crucial blocks and interventions to keep Augsburg from capitalizing on mistakes. Great game from the Canadian.
- Choupo-Moting is looking undroppable in this kind of form. If it turns out that a striker is what Bayern were missing, what does that say about the board’s planning?
- Once again, the referee allowed a physical game to be played against Bayern. Seriously, what is up with the DFB/DFL? The first yellow card was only shown in the 78th minute, and that was after the game was already 4-2. These refereeing decisions have been absurd all season.
- For the first time since Niko Kovac was in charge, Bayern Munich have managed to pass the 2nd Round of the DFB Pokal.
As always, we appreciate all the support!
Full time: Bayern are through!
90’+2’ — GOOOOOOOOOAL! Alphonso Davies makes it 5-2 after a long time trying! Great assist by Muller.
74’ — GOOOOOOOAL! Jamal Musiala makes it 4-2, but the credit for that goes to Davies.
65’ — Goal. Augsburg get one back to make it 3-2. Yikes.
58’ — GOOOOOOOAL!! Choupo-Moting makes it 3-1 now!
57’ — Sub: Sadio Mane is subbed off for Kingsley Coman.
53’ — GOOOOOOOAL! Joshua Kimmich makes it 2-1! Mistake by Augsburg.
45’ — Second half kicks off!
Halftime observations and analysis
- Bayern Munich had a very slow start to the game that threatened to let Augsburg run away with it. If not for the team bouncing back after scoring, we could’ve had another Gladbach scoreline on our hands.
- What is it with us and Augsburg? How do they keep doing this to us?
- Alphonso Davies has been the most impressive Bayern player so far overall. Choupo the most impressive Bayern attacker.
Halftime: Bayern Munich tied 1-1 with Augsburg.
27’ — GOOOOOOAL! Choupo-Moting makes it 1-1!
8’ — Goal. What the hell. Pedersen makes it 1-0.
Kickoff: We’re underway! Can Bayern Munich win this?
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Julian Nagelsmann goes with the lineup we all expected, with Jamal Musiala, Sadio Mane, and Serge Gnabry all starting and Choupo-Moting up top for Bayern Munich. Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman are on the bench if extra firepower is needed. Overall, it seems like a solid choice for facing Augsburg.
It has been two years since Bayern Munich have made it to the latter rounds of the DFB Pokal, which is an embarrassing record for a club of this size. FC Augsburg are now hoping to make it three disappointments in a row for the Bavarians, and Julian Nagelsmann is tasked with preventing that at all costs.
Injuries are the main concern coming into the match. Lucas Hernandez, Manuel Neuer, and Leroy Sane are all ruled out, while Thomas Muller and Noussair Mazraoui are both doubtful. In their absence, the onus falls to newer generations of players like Jamal Musiala and Matthijs de Ligt to step up and deliver for Bayern in a crucial knockout fixture. Augsburg have already beaten the Bavarians once this season, but will they do it again?
It’s Bayern time.
While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our podcast? We have a detailed Augsburg preview along with analysis of the win over SC Freiburg and a major question about Robert Lewandowski. Listen to it below or on Spotify.
Location: Augsburg Arena, Augsburg, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST
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