Augsburg earn stunning win over 10-man Bayern Munich

Augsburg kept their Europa League hopes alive with an unexpected but far from undeserved 1-0 Bundesliga win at Bavarian rivals Bayern Munich.

Augsburg kept their Europa League hopes alive with an unexpected but far from undeserved 1-0 Bundesliga win at Bavarian rivals Bayern Munich.

Raul Bobadilla scored the only goal of the game as Augsburg made the most of an extra man since the 15th minute, when Pepe Reina was sent off.

Markus Weinzierl’s men missed a penalty too, but came away from the Allianz Arena with all three points and rise to fifth in the table with two games of the season remaining.

Bayern will now focus all of their efforts on trying to overturn a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, with that game clearly already in the back of their minds.

Pep Guardiola resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes, although there were rare starts for Reina and Mitchell Weiser.

Reina’s involvement did not last long, though, as he saw a red card after only 13 minutes when he brought Bobadilla down inside the penalty area, giving away a penalty.

Neuer’s intended rest therefore lasted only 15 minutes, but he did not have any immediate work to do as Paul Verhaegh sent the spot-kick against the post, letting Bayern off the hook, although the hosts still had to play the remaining 75 minutes with 10 men.

Augsburg were initially unable to take advantage. Besides missing the glorious opportunity from the penalty spot, they also wasted chances through Bobadilla and notably with Halil Altintop.

Bayern could even have gone in at the break in front when Thomas Muller volleyed just wide, warning Augsburg that they were not going to have everything their own way.

Neuer took the sting out of a Tobias Werner effort as Augsburg doubled their efforts in the second half, although the Bayern keeper was fortunate to be awarded a free-kick when he unconvincingly failed to meet a corner before Hong Jeong-ho scored, the goal being ruled out for a foul by Bobadilla on Neuer.

Bobadilla then got the goal his game deserved to put Augsburg in front with just under 20 minutes remaining. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent his pass through Dante’s legs to the Argentine, who provided an eye-catching finish with his heel to break Bayern’s resistance.

It was a deserved goal and deserved win for Augsburg, who got their push for a first ever place in Europe back on track in the home of their local rivals.

Story by Ghana/Joy Sports/Gary Al-Smith


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