Poland captain Robert Lewandowski ended a five-game goal drought as FC Bayern München brushed aside regional rivals FC Augsburg 3-1 at the WWK Arena.
Augsburg threatened first in front of their home fans, with captain Paul Verhaegh forcing Manuel Neuer into a stunning save after a fizzing shot from distance. Bayern soon settled into their stride, though. Jonathan Schmid had the ball picked off his toe on the edge of the Bayern box and seconds later his goalkeeper Marwin Hitz was picking the ball out of his own net. Arjen Robben found Lewandowski with a defence-splitting pass and the Poland captain capped off the counter-attack confidently. The pair combined again minutes later: this time Hitz saved from Lewandowski, but the striker latched onto the rebound and squared for Robben who thumped home the second from metres out.
The second half was only three minutes old when Bayern turned the screw further. Robben picked up on a loose pass from Gojko Kacar before feeding Lewandowski, who danced around Hitz and steered his second goal of the game into an empty net. Augsburg pulled one back when Daniel Baier capitalised on a rare defensive lapse from Bayern to tee up Ja-Cheol Koo for a tap-in, but it proved little more than a consolation for the hosts. Long-term injury absentee Holger Badstuber was given a run-out for the final half-hour, and he helped the champions close out the 3-1 win.
Bayern's average age at kick-off was 29.2, and although they would be overwhelming favourites to beat Augsburg in any case, the manner of this victory augurs well. Coach Carlo Ancelotti won the UEFA Champions League with a 38-year-old Paolo Maldini as his AC Milan captain in 2005 - expect Philipp Lahm (32), Xabi Alonso (34) and Robben (32) to feature prominently for some time to come.
- Lewandowski has now scored 13 goals in his last 11 games against Augsburg.Neuer made his 269th Bayern appearance, surpassing Raimond Aumann's record. Only Oliver Kahn and Sepp Maier have kept goal more times for the champions.Bayern completed 767 passes to Augsburg's 188.
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh (c), Hinteregger, Janker, Stafylidis - Kacar (Moravek 82'), Baier - Koo, Altintop (Teigl 65'), Schmid (Max 55') - Ji
Coach: Dirk Schuster
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Boateng (Badstuber 62'), Martinez (Hummels 29'), Alaba - Thiago, Alonso, Vidal - Robben (Kimmich 76'), Lewandowski, Costa
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti