Bayern Munich restore eight-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga
Augsburg 1 - 3 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich restore eight-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga

14/02/2016

Bayern Munich restored their eight-point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga with a comfortable 3-1 win at Bavarian rivals Augsburg.

Robert Lewandowski's 20th and 21st goals of the season got Pep Guardiola's men on their way to yet another victory, with Thomas Muller completing the scoring.

Augsburg barely threatened a goal until Raul Bobadilla struck a late consolation, leaving them just a point clear of the bottom three in preparation for the visit of Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Bayern players emerged with special shirts showing their support for the injured Holger Badstuber, who is out again after playing only 17 of Bayern's last 106 Bundesliga fixtures due to a succession of injuries.

David Alaba took his place alongside Joshua Kimmich at the heart of a makeshift Bayern defence which Raul Bobadilla tested in the 12th minute, although he could not bring down Philipp Max's cross with only Manuel Neuer to beat.

Bayern took the lead with their first glimpse of goal a few minutes later, Lewandowski stepping over the ball before dispatching it clinically into the bottom left-hand corner of Marwin Hitz's goal.

The visitors continued to set the tone with Lewandowski and Muller both having shots blocked as Augsburg defended desperately to keep within just a single goal at half-time.

Bayern's injury worries continued in the second half when Arturo Vidal had to be withdrawn after taking a knock to the head and David Alaba spent a spell on the sideline after appearing to lose a tooth in a clash.

He was able to return, though, and watch as Lewandowski doubled Bayern's lead.

Thiago Alcantara played a perfect ball into the path of the Pole, who had plenty of time to compose himself and pick his spot in the far corner of Hitz's goal.

Rafinha brought a fine save out of Hitz with Arjen Robben also denied by the Swiss goalkeeper, who was trying to limit the damage as Bayern got into their stride.

Robben was again frustrated by Hitz, who earned applause from a resigned Augsburg crowd, waiting for the final whistle to end their misery and let them instead look forward to the meeting with Liverpool.

Before they could do that, Muller added a third for Bayern with Douglas Costa intelligently squaring for the German rather than shooting from an angle.

There was to be some joy for Augsburg late on, though, with Raul Bobadilla turning and firing a low shot past Neuer, but it was only a consolation for Markus Weinzierl's men.

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