FC Augsburg vs Bayern Munich in a Bundesliga match.

The game between Augsburg and Bayern, which inaugurated the 12th series of Bundesliga games, was going to be interesting, especially for Polish fans. Robert Lewandowski returned to the game after a rest in the clash with Hungary, and from the first minute Rafał Gikiewicz and Robert Gumny appeared in the colors of the hosts.

The team of the Polish duo boldly entered the match, not afraid of a skirmish with the German champion. With time, however, the football class of Bayern players began to take over, but clear shooting situations were missing for a long time.

In the 18th minute, Gikiewicz could have been involved in a bizarre suicide goal. After a pass from one of his colleagues, the Pole failed to control the ball, which flew past his foot. Fortunately for the Pole, she did not aim at the goal. Bayern had a corner, after which Lewandowski found himself well in the “sixteen”. The ball “found” him, but the captain of the Polish team could not make use of it.

After a few minutes, Augsburg sensationally took the lead, using one of the counterattacks. It was due to Iago, who ran the left flank and took the ball into the penalty area. It was heading towards Andy Zeqiri, who failed to fire, but after a while Mads Pedersen caught up with her and banged the outside of his foot, defeating Manuel Neuer. Once again it was confirmed that the leaky defense is the biggest problem of the Munich team.

Bayern was not able to enter the high gear and threaten the goal of Gikiewicz. Lewandowski was invisible and the guests were looking for another opportunity to score. They found it in the 36th minute – Iago crossed for Andre Hahn’s head and it was 2-0!

The hosts’ plan seemed to be clear – to stay focused and keep the two-goal lead until half-time. The surprising advantage, however, lulled the vigilance of Markus Weinzierl’s charges. They did not keep an eye on Lewandowski in their penalty area, who finally flashed the center of Benjamin Pavard and the ball by Thomas Mueller – recording his 600th match for Bayern – put the ball into the net.

Gikiewicz could talk about a lot of bad luck. He was still hitting the ball with his hand, but he failed to save the team from losing a goal. Lewandowski thus equaled another record of Gerd Mueller – this time in the number of league goals scored by one team away (you can read more about it HERE – click!).

Just before the break, there was a small scuffle on the pitch. As a result, the yellow cards were watched by Hahn and Lucas Hernandez, who were the ringleaders of the whole incident.

After the break – in the 58th minute – Gikiewicz made an unfortunate intervention. Admittedly he had beaten Mueller by catching the ball, but later released it from his hands. Fortunately for him, there were no unpleasant consequences.

Time passed, the team of the German champion was getting nervous, and the opportunity to score a goal – in the face of Augsburg playing well – was still not there.

Coach Julian Nagelsmann decided to introduce another sniper – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting replaced Leroy Sane. Luck could have been given to Bayern by another substitute, Alphonso Davies, who had been put on the field earlier, but after a graceful dribbling attempt, the Canadian missed the goal.

In the 79th minute Lewandowski could have become the hero of Bayern, but his shot from a few meters was stopped by Gikiewicz.

The German champions tried to score even a goal by the weight of one point, but they did not cope with this task. With the final whistle of the WWK referee, the Arena exploded with joy.

FC Augsburg – Bayern Munich 2-1

1-0 Pedersen (23rd), 2-0 Hahn (36th), 2-1 Lewandowski (38th)

FC Augsburg: Gikiewicz – Gumny, Gouweleeuw, Oxford, Pedersen (74th Gruezo) – Caligiuri (58th Framberger), Maier, Dorsch (74th Moravek), Iago – Zeqiri (82nd Cordova), Hahn (82nd Jensen)

Bayern monachium: Neuer – Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Richards (52. Davies) – Sabitzer (52. Musiala), Goretzka – Gnabry, Mueller, Sane (69. Choupo-Moting) – Lewandowski


About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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