Augsburg ends Bayern Munich’s unbeaten Bundesliga run
BERLIN (AP) — Injury-hit Augsburg ended Bayern Munich’s record 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Sascha Moelders scored in the 31st for Augsburg to hand Bayern its first league loss since a 2-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Oct. 28, 2012.
It was Augsburg’s first victory over its larger Bavarian rival after five league and three German Cup defeats, and Bayern’s third successive game without a win in all competitions since it won the Bundesliga title with seven games to spare.
Pep Guardiola’s side drew 3-3 against Hoffenheim last weekend and then 1-1 at Manchester United in the sides’ Champions league quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday.
With one eye on next Wednesday’s return leg, Guardiola fielded a weakened side in Augsburg, with seven changes to the side that lined up in Manchester.
Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm were left out of the squad, while David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Mario Goetze, Dante and Thomas Mueller all started on the bench.
”The Bundesliga is over for us. Our target is the Champions League,” Guardiola said in the run-up to the game, before opting to give Mitchel Weiser, Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi their Bundesliga starting debuts.
Deputy goalkeeper Tom Starke was to start but he tore a ligament in his right elbow in training on Friday.
A mistake from Weiser led to the goal. The Bayern midfielder was easily dispossessed by Daniel Baier, who set Moelders through on goal in front of Manuel Neuer. The Augsburg striker fired hard and high to give the Bayern No. 1 little chance.
The lead was deserved, with Bayern unusually passive and disorientated in the face of the home side’s harrying and quick passing game in the first half.
Neuer denied Alexander Esswein in the 52nd, and though Bayern improved – David Alaba’s effort crashed back off the post in the 68th – Augsburg managed to hold on.