Thomas Muller and Leon Goretzka saved Bayern Munich from a failed party on the 120th birthday of the club. Thanks to the goals of the offensive stars (53rd and 90th + 1), the record champion came to a valuable 2-0 (0-0) after an overall moderate performance against FC Augsburg and got a four-point cushion on Borussia Dortmund in the title race . The team of coach Hansi Flick remained unbeaten in the 15th competitive game in succession and for the fourth time in a row without conceding a goal.
The Bayern supporters had prepared the festive framework for the anniversary with a huge choreography before the kick-off, and after a proper start-up period the Flick-Elf also adapted with at least some brilliant moments. Muller sank a dream pass from Jerome Boateng directly from the air for his sixth goal of the season, further goals prevented Augsburg goalkeeper Andreas Luthe or Munich negligence in the conclusion. Florian Niederlechner (80th) would have punished this by a hair, but Manuel Neuer responded outstandingly.
Bayern Munich has only one shot in the first half
A week after the sensational events in Hoffenheim, the fan camps continued their protest against the DFB and the DFL, and no defamation of individuals occurred. For Augsburg, the situation in the relegation battle after the fifth game without victory is becoming more and more threatening.
After a fairly active first five minutes, FC Bayern switched to an uninspired game mode, which gave the outsider some freedom. Eduard LOwen (12th) came to a reasonably remarkable shot on goal, at Bayern in the 39th (!) Minute a blocked attempt by David Alaba was the first registered goal approach.
The Munich team did not find the gas pedal in almost the entire first half, only Muller (45. + 1) was close to a goal, besides ideas there was clearly a lack of speed in the offensive game. Because FC Bayern was as harmless as it had been in a first half for more than five years, the FCA defensive block was largely well structured.
It was initially an appearance that was more like a boring workday than a moody birthday party. Even the 18-year-old Robert Lewandowski replacement Joshua Zirkzee tried hard with Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and Tin Jedvaj and was practically harmless. Of course, this was more critical with greats like Serge Gnabry or Philippe Coutinho.
Gnabry served, Goretzka made it 2-0
While Flick made the expected two changes, Boateng and Zirkzee moved into the starting XI compared to the cup quarter-finals at Schalke (1-0), FCA coach Martin Schmidt saw three other changes as the need for a drastic measure. Schmidt demoted the often insecure goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and put Luthe in the goal.
After the break, the favorite noticeably increased the number of strokes. Youngster Zirkzee (65.) had the decision on his feet, but shot Luthe lying on the ground, also Coutinho (69.) and Gnabry (71.) awarded free-standing.
Niederlechner hit the Bayern goal shortly before the end of the game, but the goal was not given due to offside. Goretzka did better on the other side after preliminary work by Gnabry.
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