FC Augsburg 0 – Bayern Munich 2

FC Augsburg’s South Korea international JA-CHEOL KOO (7), the 23-year-old who scored an important second half goal for his country in the 2-0 victory over Asian rival Japan in the Bronze Medal Match of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games hosted by London this past summer, shields the ball from Germany international midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER during the intra-state Derbyspiel at the sold-out SGL Arena in Bavaria.

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2 – BAYERN MUNICH ————— Mueller pen 39′, Gomez 63′

A first goal by the visitors from penalty spot not so long before the halftime break and a second strike just a few minutes after the hour were more than enough to deal with a lackluster home side as record German champion BAYERN MUNICH blanked punchless Bavarian rivals FC AUGSBURG to maintain its double-digit lead in the Bundesliga.

Germany international goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER needed to be sharp to prevent the shot with the nasty bounce by FC Augsburg midfielder TOBIAS WERNER from finding the back of the net but, for the most part, the Bayern Munich custodian had little to do in posting his 11th clean sheet in 16 Bundesliga matches this season.

Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC, the summer signing from Vfl Wolfsburg who set Bayern Munich back 13.0 million Euros while scoring 12 goals in all competitions for his new employers so far this season, had a hat trick of good chances at the other end all within a ten-minute span but was betrayed but erratic finishing skills to let FC Augsburg off the hook.


The turning point of the match arrived in the 39th minute when FC Augsburg’s Sierra Leonese centerback GIBRIL SANKOH was caught handling the football inside the penalty area. In-form Germany international THOMAS MUELLER, who also scored in the UEFA Champions League triumph over Belarussian side BATE Borisov in midweek, took the kick and easily beat Morocco international netminder MOHAMED AMSIF to give visiting Bayern Munich the 1-0 advantage in the all-Bavarian Derbyspiel. Mueller’s ninth goal of this 2012/13 Bundesliga season lifted the 23-year-old winger into a tie for the Bayern Munich team lead this term with the suddenly out-of-form Mandzukic.

Mueller, of course, dipped to just seven goals in 34 top flight matches for Bayern Munich last season after netting 13 and then 12 times, respectively, during his first two campaigns in the German Bundesliga.

Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ, who also got his name on the scoresheet for Bayern Munich in the 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov on the final match day at the group stage in the UEFA Champions League, added an insurance goal for the visitors only minutes after coming on as a substitute for the ineffective Mandzukic. “Super Mario”, who racked up 54 goals for the record German champions in the last two Bundesliga seasons combined but is really only just returning to action after having undergone ankle surgery in August, was making but a fourth appearance in the German top flight this term against FC Augsburg in the all-Bavarian derby. Gomez played a nice one-two with France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY and then beat the unfortunate Sankoh for pace to score his second goal of this historic 50th Bundesliga season.

Bayern Munich, who have already clinched the mythical title of Herbstmeister for this term, increased their impressive lead in the Bundesliga table over nearest contestant Bayer Leverkusen to eleven points with the win in Augsburg.

France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, the tricky veteran who has scored four times after eleven appearances in the German top flight this term, recorded his seventh assist in the Bundesliga this season by setting up the second Bayern Munich goal against Bavarian rival FC Augsburg in front of 30,660 spectators at the sold-out SGL Arena.

FC AUGSBURG : Amsif – Vogt, Sankoh (Hain 71′), Klavan, De Jong – Callsen/Bracker – Koo, Baier – Musona (Petrzela 90′), Werner – Moelders (Bance 67)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba – Martinez, Schweinsteiger – Mueller (Tymoshchuk 78′), Kroos (Rafinha 86′), Ribery – Mandzukic (Gomez 61′)



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