Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry continued their incredible scoring runs, but Bayern Munich could only only draw with Augsburg following a dramatic late goal from Alfred Finnbogason.
Augsburg 2-2 Bayern Munich
Goals: 1-0 Richter (1'), 1-1 Lewandowski (14'), 1-2 Gnabry (49'), 2-2 Finnbogason (90+2')
Bayern fell behind in their shock home defeat to Hofffenheim prior to the October international break, and were forced to go about things the hard way once again at the WWK Arena. Niklas Süle and Benjamin Pavard failed to deal with a flighted ball into the box, allowing Rani Khedira to flick a header into the path of Marco Richter, who fired home on the stretch to give Augsburg the lead after just 30 seconds. Bayern lost Süle to a nasty looking knee injury soon after, before Lewandowski got his head to a precise Gnabry cross to lift the mood and continue his run of scoring in every league game this season. It was largely all Bayern for the remainder of the half as Gnabry sent a cultured volley against the woodwork and Thiago saw an effort cleared of the line, with a stubborn Augsburg ensemble somewhat fortunate still to be on level terms at the break.
Parity didn't last long into the second period, however. Gnabry collected the ball on the right-hand side, leaving Philipp Max and a trail of Augsburg shirts in his wake before arrowing an unstoppable left-footed effort into the far corner. It was the kind of goal retired predecessor Arjen Robben would have been proud of, and it might have been worse for Augsburg but for Tomas Koubek's point-blank save at the feet of Philippe Coutinho soon after. To their credit, Augsburg kept clear-cut chances to a premium during the remainder, and when Bayern did threaten a third through Kingsley Coman, Koubek was on hand with a pair of quite brilliant stops. Substitute Thomas Müller missed a glorious opening to seal the points, and Bayern were made to pay in added time as Finnbogason snatched an unlikely draw from the jaws of defeat, converting from fellow sub Sergio Cordova.
- Finnbogason had not found the net since scoring a hat-trick against Mainz last March.
- Lewandowski has scored 16 competitive club goals this season. His total of 12 from eight Bundesliga matchdays is a new league record.
- The Bayern striker has scored at least once on each matchday so far this season, equalling the Bundesliga record set by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (first eight matchdays in 2015/16), and has 19 goals in 15 Bundesliga meetings with Augsburg.
- Lewandowski is now the Bundesliga's record Polish appearance maker (298).
- Gnabry has had a hand in nine goals in his last four competitive games (six goals, three assists).
- Richter's opener is the fastest goal of the season so far. He has scored six times in 12 games under Martin Schmidt, compared to one in 31 under predecessor, Manuel Baum.
Watch: Finnbogason: "I had to speculate where the ball was going"
Augsburg: Koubek – Lichtsteiner, Jedvaj, Oxford (Jensen 63'), Uduokhai, Max – Richter (Cordova 82'), Moravek, Khedira (c), Vargas – Niederlechner (Finnbogason 68')
Unused subs: Luthe, Gouweleeuw, Schieber, Amaral, Hahn, Framberger
Out: Baier (match fitness), Götze (hip), Gruezo (ankle), Suchy (hip)
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Süle (Alaba 12'), Pavard, Hernandez – Martinez, Thiago – Gnabry (Goretzka 86'), Coutinho (Müller 80'), Coman – Lewandowski
Unused subs: Ulreich, Perisic, Boateng, Davies, Tolisso
Out: Arp (fractured wrist), Cuisance (groin)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Watch: Kovac: "Lack of concentration cost us"