Bayern rally to see off plucky Augsburg

Bayern München rallied from behind to record a hard-fought 2-1 victory over FC Augsburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

  • Bayern 2 FC Augsburg 1
  • Esswein strike breaks the deadlock
  • Substitute Coman makes Bayern debut
  • Lewandowski equalises on 77 mins
  • Late Muller penalty seals Bayern win

Match summary

Alexander Esswein fired the visitors in front on the stroke of half-time following a closely contested first half.

However, Bayern renewed their efforts after the break and eventually drew level when Robert Lewandowski pounced on Thomas Muller's blocked shot to fire home from close range.

And, with time running out, Bayern were awarded a penalty in the closing stages of the contest, which Muller calmly converted to help the Bavarians secure a come-from-behind victory.

Full report

Pep Guardiola's side went into Saturday's Bundesliga encounter boasting a perfect record, having picked up maximum points from their opening three fixtures of the campaign.

As is usually the case, Bayern started the match with plenty of possession as they prodded and probed for an opening in the visitors' defence.

They very nearly got the breakthrough they were looking for in the seventh minute when Lewandowski nipped in at the near post to flick a header into the danger area, but Thomas Muller was unable to make a connection at the back post and the danger passed.

At the opposite end of the pitch, Koo headed wide of the far post after rising well to meet an inswinging cross.

Bayern again went close in the 21st minute as Thiago saw his well-timed header kept out acrobatically by Marwin Hitz in the Augsburg goal.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure but they were struggling to break down an obstinate Augsburg defence.

Augsburg were let off the hook on 37 minutes, though, as skipper Paul Verhaegh very nearly put the ball in his own net after attempting to intercept Lewandowski's goal-bound effort.

Verhaegh's last-ditch tackle proved to be a crucial moment for Fuggerstädter, who went on to claim the lead in the 43rd minute. Raúl Bobadilla's cutback pass found Koo and the South Korean directed the ball into the path of Esswein, who smashed a first-time shot into the top corner.

While Bayern had produced a sluggish and lacklustre performance in the first half, that was most certainly not the case after the half-time interval.

David Alaba fired high and wide five minutes into the second stanza, while Lewandowski and Philipp Lahm saw their efforts kept out by Hitz.

Having played at such a high tempo for much of the encounter, Augsburg began to tire as the half wore on.

Xabi Alonso forced Hitz into action on 65 minutes with a drilled fee-kick, and the keeper had to be on his toes to deny later efforts from Lewandowski and debutant Kingsley Coman.

However, there was nothing Fitz could do to stop Lewandowski in the 77th minute. The Poland international shrugged off two challenges before laying the ball off to Muller, who saw his snap-shot kept out by Fitz. However, the ball fell kindly for Lewandowski, who lashed home the rebound to level the scores.

The goal left Augsburg reeling and they were unable to full recover their composure in the remaining minutes as Bayern were awarded a spot-kick in the 87th minute after Markus Feulner was adjudged to have fouled Costa in the danger area. Muller stepped up to take it, and made no mistake, slotting his effort into the top corner.

It was a harsh decision and cruel end to the game for Augsburg, who will be bitterly disappointed to leave the Allianz Arena with nothing to show for their efforts.

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