Munich - FC Bayern München came from behind to maintain their perfect start to the season as two late goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller gave them a 2-1 win over local rivals FC Augsburg.
After an initial spell of Augsburg pressure, Bayern soon took control and pegged their guests back in their own half with Thiago Alcantara sending the first chance off target. Marwin Hitz was not being tested much, however, and apart from Thiago's effort, he was able to rely on his defence to keep Bayern's attack at bay. Augsburg were waiting for their moment, and it came just before half-time when Ja-Cheol Koo tucked his pass back for Alexander Esswein to hammer an unstoppable effort into the top right-hand corner.
Robert Lewandowski tested Hitz early in the second half as Bayern, keen to avoid their first defeat of the season, inevitably increased the pressure. Xabi Alonso fizzed in a free-kick which Hitz repelled, but he could do nothing when a Müller effort fell for Lewandowski to bring Bayern level. And there was enough time left for Müller to earn the hosts all three points from the penalty spot after Douglas Costa was blocked in the area by Markus Feulner.
Brave performance did not find the deserved reward at the end!!! We are very proud of our team! #FCA— FC Augsburg World (@FCA_World) September 12, 2015
Man of the Match
Thomas Müller has scored in all four of Bayern's Bundesliga games this season, and he is unsurprisingly the Bundesliga's top goalscorer with six goals. As well as bagging the winner, he also set up the equaliser for Lewandowski.
"They've got a good team and a great coach," were the words of Pep Guardiola, who not for the first time picked Markus Weinzierl out for praise on the eve of his latest meeting with the Augsburg coach. Guardiola's nemesis was within minutes of getting one over the Catalan for the third time in the Bundesliga, but for two late strikes that salvaged a fourth straight victory of the season from the jaws of a first defeat.
Stats of the match
- Augsburg started with eight of the players who had beaten Bayern 1-0 on their last visit to the Allianz Arena in May; only Ja-Cheol Koo, Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker and Tobias Werner were the new faces in
- Alexander Esswein scored his first Bundesliga goal since December 2014 to put Augsburg ahead. Each time Esswein had scored in the past (seven times), his team had won
- Robert Lewandowski scored his ninth goal in nine games against Augsburg
- Thomas Müller has converted 19 of his 21 penalties for Bayern, and in each of their four Bundesliga games this season
- Kingsley Coman was the youngest player in both squads, aged 19