FC Bayern celebrated a goal-rich victory over FC Augsburg after a false start. Three days after reaching the quarter-finals in the Champions League, Munich celebrated an entertaining 0-1 (5-3) win in the Bundesliga on Saturday after an early 4-1 deficit. After a generous rotation, João Cancelo (15th minute), Benjamin Pavard (19th/35th) and Leroy Sané (45th) were in goal mood as well as Alphonso Davies (74th).
Before these goals, the Munich had to digest the goal after only 120 seconds by Bayern shock Mergim Berisha with contrite expressions. The U-21 European champion, who campaigned for himself less than a week before the national team nomination by national coach Hansi Flick, also shortened to 75:000 (2th / foul penalty) in front of 4,60 spectators.
The winning goal scorer from 1:0 in the first leg scored in all four competitive games with Salzburg and Augsburg against Munich. At the consolidated top of the table of the series champions, however, this did not change anything as well as the 3:5 by Irvin Cardona (90.+3). Unlike the two successes in the two knockout rounds against Paris Saint-Germain, the zero did not hold against Augsburg. FCA rewarded themselves for a bold approach with an early lead. However, the tactics were at the expense of the defence in the fifth away defeat this year.
Pavard hits with scissors strike
Coach Julian Nagelsmann was pleased that the newly ordered stars Cancelo, Pavard, Sané and Sadio Mané shone as scorers or preparers. Only Serge Gnabry did not succeed. Cancelo, on loan from Manchester City, started scoring goals after frustrating days on the bench press. Portugal's World Cup player tricked Augsburg's somewhat clumsy defender Mads Pedersen on the right wing and scored a quick equaliser.
Afterwards, Pavard played himself into a small goal rush. After a blocked free kick by Joshua Kimmich, Mané acrobatically made the ball sharp again with a drop back, Pavard completed. The Frenchman's next goal was a rarity because he fell after one of Kimmich's corners, which were so often unsuccessful. Matthijs de Ligt's header was blocked, but Pavard was on the spot with a scissor strike.
The 26-year-old Pavard, who was suspended in the stands during the 2-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain, has been in good form for weeks. After repeatedly flirting with a change, it seems to amount to an extension of the cooperation, which is dated until mid-2024.
After the three goals by defenders, an attacker also participated. Referee Florian Badstübner let the advantage run after a foul on Jamal Musiala. Sané took advantage of this after further preparatory work by Mané to the break. African Footballer of the Year Mané, who had been out injured for a long time and missed the World Cup, was back in the starting line-up for the first time since the beginning of November. An own goal did not count because of an offside position (51.).
Bayern kept up the pressure, and Berisha's 2-4 win didn't change that. Previously, de Ligt had fouled the substitute Cardona. The Munich attacks sometimes lacked precision and consistency – otherwise the victory would have been even clearer. After preliminary work by Cancelo, Davies increased the score to 5:2. For him, Noussair Mazraoui made his comeback in the final phase after inflammation of the pericardium.