Bundesliga: Relegation-threatened Augsburg slams Bayern Munich an unexpected defeat

Bundesliga: Relegation-threatened Augsburg slams Bayern Munich an unexpected defeat by two goals to one.

Bayern Munich was defeated 2-1 by Augsburg, who scored twice against the flow of play in the first half to claim a remarkable Bavarian derby triumph.

Julian Nagelsmann’s team came back from the international break with a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table, and they controlled possession early on.

In the 23rd minute, they were dealt a sucker blow as Mads Pedersen scored his first Bundesliga goal with a low shot.

Bayern struggled to create opportunities without Joshua Kimmich, who was quarantined for Covid-19, and Augsburg scored again on the break. Bayern lost control in their half, and André Hahn leaped near the top of the box to head in a pinpoint Iago cross.

The home supporters’ joy was short-lived, as Robert Lewandowski scored his 14th league goal of the season two minutes later. Thomas Müller, making his 600th appearance for Bayern in all competitions, supplied a backheeled assist from Benjamin Pavard’s cross. The visitors seemed to be on the verge of a comeback but unfortunately couldn’t be completed.

After the break, though, Augsburg stayed disciplined in defense and looked at ease as they absorbed the onslaught. Bayern did not have a clear-cut chance until the 73rd minute when Alphonso Davies’ low shot sailed just past the post. Rafal Gikiewicz, Augsburg’s goalkeeper, then denied Lewandowski from close range as the hosts held on.

Dortmund can close to the league leaders’ point if they beat Stuttgart at home on Saturday. After their first home victory against Bayern since 2014, Augsburg pushed over Stuttgart and into 15th place.

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