Bayern Munich 2-0 Augsburg: Thomas Muller and Leon Goretzka strike as hosts go four points clear
Thomas Muller scored as Bayern Munich beat Augsburg 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead to four points in the chase for an eighth straight Bundesliga title.
A strong defensive display left the home side with few clear chances. The breakthrough came courtesy of a long ball, Muller finishing well after a ball over the top from Jerome Boateng.
Manuel Neuer made a key save to keep the three points in Munich, parrying Florian Niederlechner’s low shot in the 80th minute. Niederlechner then put the ball in the net in the 89th but he was offside.
Thomas Muller celebrates after scoring Bayern Munich’s first goal against Augsburg
Muller produced a fine volley as he met Jerome Boateng’s long ball over the top
The game could have been over by then but Joshua Zirkzee and Serge Gnabry each missed excellent chances as Augsburg pushed forward seeking to level the score.
Leon Goretzka finally added a second goal for Bayern in stoppage time after being teed up by Serge Gnabry.
Bayern moved four points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who overtook Leipzig for second place on Saturday after Leipzig dropped points in a 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg.
To mark the club’s 120th anniversary Bayern played in commemorative white shirts with burgundy sleeves and near-invisible sponsor logos.
Leon Goretzka of Bayern Munich scores his team’s second goal in the first minute of injury time
Those were Bayern’s colors when they won the German title for the first time in 1932. In the decades since, Bayern players have worn various combinations of red, white and blue, the colors of the club’s home region of Bavaria, settling on a solid red home shirt for most recent seasons.
Sectors of the Bayern support displayed banners with sharp criticism of the club’s commercial ties to 2022 World Cup host Qatar.
That was the latest act in a dispute between fans and German football officials and club management.
Last week Bayern fans aimed insults at Hoffenheim’s billionaire backer Dietmar Hopp. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge joined Hopp in applauding from the sidelines as Bayern and Hoffenheim players passed the ball to each other for the last 13 minutes to show disapproval of the fans.