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5-2 defeat in Munich: FCA show character against the champs

Hahn and Niederlechner reduce the deficit with goals in the second half

First Team 22.05.2021, 17:39

FC Augsburg lost their final game of the season away to FC Bayern München. Despite a decent performance, the Fuggerstädters were beaten 5-2 by the German champions. FCA showed great character in the second after trailing 4-0 at the break. 

Markus Weinzierl made four changes to the side that started the 2-0 win against Werder Bremen. Mads Pedersen, Carlos Gruezo, László Bénes and Daniel Caligiuri started in place of Iago (knee injury), Rani Khedira (bench), Jan Morávek (knock) and Ruben Vargas (suspended). 

With 250 spectators present at the Allianz Arena, Bayern took control of the game early on. Marco Richter had the first shot of the game from around 40 yards (3’), but it was the hosts who went in front after a cross from Serge Gnabry zipped across the face of goal where Jeffrey Gouweleeuw unwillingly steered it into his own net (11’). 

Caligiuri denied by Neuer – Bayern raise the tempo

FCA did not let their heads drop after the early setback and kept up with Bayern, even forcing Neuer into a save from a Caligiuri header in the 19th minute. The record champions from Munich had the majority of the chances, however, and after a Rafał Gikiewicz save to keep out Gnabry (17’) and a near miss from David Alaba (21’), they doubled their lead through Gnabry in the 23rd minute. Augsburg very nearly halved the deficit straight away, but Caligiuri’s penalty kick was saved by Neuer (26’). 

Bayern went on to put the game beyond much doubt in the remaining 20 minutes of the half. Despite a string of Gikiewicz saves to deny his compatriot Robert Lewandowski (30’ and 39’), the FCA goalkeeper was helpless on two other occasions. Joshua Kimmich’s unstoppable shot into the top corner made it 3-0 (33’), before Kingsley Coman’s low effort gave Bayern a fourth just before half time (43’). 

Hahn nods home, Niederlechner keeps his cool

Weinzierl brought on Marek Suchý and Raphael Framberger at half time, switching the formation to a back five. This allowed the Fuggerstädters to prevent Bayern adding to their tally for the time being. Suchý pulled off a tremendous last-ditch tackle to thwart Lewandowski (57’). Shortly afterwards, Gnabry put his shot wide in a one-on-one (59’). 

FCA refused to give up, despite Bayern’s unassailable 4-0 lead, and were rewarded for their efforts. A Bénes free-kick found Hahn, who headed home to make it 4-1 (67’). Just four minutes later, Niederlechner found himself one-on-one against Neuer, kept his cool and slotted the ball home for Augsburg’s second (71’). The closing stages were relatively uneventful, until one of the last kicks of the game saw Robert Lewandowski score his 41st goal of the season, breaking the all-time record (90’). 

Just before Bayern’s fifth and final goal, FCA academy product Lukas Petkov came on to celebrate his Bundesliga debut in a moment to savour for him and the club. The final day defeat means FCA finish the season in 13th place with 36 points. 




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