In the first match at the “Allianz Arena” in Munich, the Bavarian club overcame defeat with an early goal from Mirzim Berisha (3) to make it five wins, including four from Portugal’s Joao Cancelo on the half-hour. (15), French Benjamin Pavard (19 and 35) and Leroy Sanne (19 and 35) 45).
The visitors reduced the deficit early in the second half through Berisha with a penalty kick (60), but Canada’s Alphonso Davies restored it with a fifth goal (74), before Frenchman Irfan Cardona scored the third. Augsburg in the third minute of stoppage time.
It was the third straight win for Bayern Munich and the fifteenth of the season, taking their tally to 52 points and ending their two-point lead over rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann praised his team’s “resolute reaction” after the early setback, but lamented how “we took our foot off the pedal at the end” of the match.
Nagelsmann opted for Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, leaving captain Thomas Muller, Frenchman Kingsley Coman, Leon Goritzka and Croatian Josip Stanisic on the bench.
Cameroonian Eric Maxim Choubo-Moding is sidelined with a back injury.
Augsburg scored first, particularly in the third minute, with a left-footed shot from inside the area by Berisha.
But Bayern scored a hat-trick on 20 minutes, with Cancelo firing a powerful right-footed shot past Sanne (15) and Bauer into the back left corner. Mane (19) crossed from the left and Dutch giants Matthijs de Licht capitalized on a header from a defender (35) before firing a right-hand shot from close range.
Mane (45) capitalized on a rebound from one of the defenders to seal the fourth goal with a header from close range after a shot from close range.
At the beginning of the second half, Augsburg scored a penalty kick, which Berisha successfully set up and narrowed the gap (60).
But Davies restored it by scoring the fifth goal, receiving a cross into the area from Cancelo, who headed it home from close range (74).
Davies came off in the 78th minute for Morocco international defender Nasir Mazroi for the first time since returning from his country’s historic participation at the World Cup in Qatar. From symptoms of covid-19 virus infection.
Augsburg scored their third goal through Cardona from close range (90 + 3).
Dortmund disappointed again
In the second match at the “Viltens Arena” in Gelsenkirchen, Borussia Dortmund lost the lead twice and failed to win for the second time in a row.
International defender Niko Schlöderbeck gave Dortmund the lead in the 38th minute, but Marius Balder equalized in the second half, before Portuguese international defender Rafael Guerrero restored the visitors’ lead after 10 minutes, but Turkish substitute Kenan Karaman equalized nine minutes later.
The disappointing draw for Dortmund came four days after they crashed out of the Champions League final, losing 0-2 to English hosts Chelsea to end their winning streak at 10 matches at the start of the new year. Competitions including eight in the Bundesliga.
Schalke, on the other hand, continued their recent recovery and kept their record unbeaten for the seventh time in a row, and moved out of last place as they finished seventeenth with 20 points, one goal ahead of sixteenth-placed Stuttgart. Fifteenth point behind Hertha Berlin, and the last survivor of relegation.
Leipzig regains parity
And Leipzig regained their parity in time with a resounding 3-0 win over hosts Borussia Monchengladbach to temporarily rise to third place.
Borussia Mönchengladbach paid dearly for missing a penalty kick early in the second half (53), and conceded three goals from Timo Werner (57), Swede Emil Vosberg (71 with a penalty kick) and Croatia’s Josko Guardiol (80). )
Leipzig overcame its 1-2 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the last leg and achieved its thirteenth win of the season, taking its tally to 45 points, one point ahead of Union Berlin, who visit Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Leipzig secured their win ahead of their trip to England to face Manchester City on Tuesday in the second leg of the Champions League final (1-1).
Hertha Berlin equalized with Mainz with a goal against Lesic Nangham (18 from the penalty spot), Frenchman Ludwig Ajork (57). (75)
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