Bayern Munich maintained their relentless pace under Jupp Heynckes, who celebrated his 500th win in the Bundesliga as a player and coach, by beating Augsburg 3-0 on Matchday 12, tightening their grip on top spot in the process.
Keen to make amends after a 6-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena last season, Augsburg began by sitting deep and forcing their illustrious hosts to make the early running. For the first half-hour, the champions struggled, creating few chances, but after Arturo Vidal pounced following the visitors' failure to clear a corner, the floodgates opened. The Chilean was central to Bayern's second goal, too, nicking the ball in midfield and sending Robert Lewandowski in behind, the Pole making no mistake against the onrushing Marwin Hitz to double the lead before the interval.
Bayern emerged after the break with renewed intent and added to the lead almost immediately, Joshua Kimmich whipping in a delicious cross to the penalty spot, where Lewandowski was waiting to guide a volley past Hitz. It almost got worse for Augsburg immediately afterwards, too, with a Vidal header rattling the crossbar and bouncing into the Swiss custodian's grateful arms. Sensing another hammering could be on the cards, Augsburg dropped deeper after the third goal, preventing Bayern getting into any dangerous areas around the box. The hosts were limited to shots from distance in the closing stages – Arjen Robben and Kimmich coming close – but it mattered little as the damage had long since been done.
Man of the match
Vidal was outstanding, but this could probably have been predicted beforehand, because when Lewandowski plays Augsburg there's only one result. That's now 18 goals for the Pole in the Bundesliga against Bayern's Bavarian neighbours, and he looked back to his clinical best. Lewandowski did not see much of the ball, but when he did, he made it count, twice beating Hitz.
One is very rarely enough for this man 🙅♂️ pic.twitter.com/HNT8GutyL2— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) 18 November 2017
- Heynckes celebrated his 500th win in the Bundesliga as a player and coach with this triumph, the most ever. His first win came on 21 August 1965, Heynckes scoring the first two goals in Borussia Mönchengladbach's 5-0 home win against Tasmania Berlin.
- Lewandowski has scored 18 goals (seven for Borussia Dortmund, 11 for Bayern) against Augsburg in the Bundesliga in only 13 games.
- Six of Vidal's 10 Bundesliga goals for Bayern have put his side 1-0 up.
- Rafinha, who was captain after Robben went off, wore the armband for the first time as a Bayern player.
Watch: Arturo Vidal reflects on Bayern's situation following victory over Augsburg
Bayern: Ulreich – Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Rafinha – Martinez, Vidal (Rudy 80') – Robben (c) (Tolisso 78'), James, Bernat (Alaba 74') – Lewandowski
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Augsburg: Hitz – Opare, Gouweleeuw, Danso, Max – Khedira, Baier (c) – Heller (Schmid 60'), Gregoritsch, Caiuby (Stafylidis 69') – Finnbogason (Ji 83')
Coach: Manuel Baum