Bayern Munich needed a late Robert Lewandowski penalty to squeeze past Augsburg at the Allianz Arena.
Following Wednesday’s Champions League defeat by Villarreal, the Bundesliga leaders again failed to convince against a side just seven points above the relegation play-offs.
Lewandowski’s 23rd goal in 19 games against them secured the win after Reece Oxford’s handball.
The Bavarians now sit nine points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top.
A frustrating first half saw Bayern struggle to find any rhythm against a robust Augsburg defence. Lewandowski was left isolated in attack, while neither Leroy Sane nor Serge Gnabry could make inroads from wide positions.
For all of the home side’s possession, Augsburg looked a threat on the counter-attack and went close through Ruben Vargas 10 minutes before half-time.
It was much the same story in the second half, Bayern’s play laborious and chances a rarity. Julian Nagelsmann sent on Jamal Musiala, but they still struggled to find their edge.
With eight minutes remaining, the hosts were awarded a penalty after the video assistant referee deemed that former West Ham defender Oxford had handled the ball in the area. Lewandowski scored to snatch all three points, much to Nagelsmann’s relief.
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- 23NianzouBooked at 68mins
- 3RichardsSubstituted forDaviesat 57′minutes
- 8GoretzkaSubstituted forSabitzerat 57′minutes
- 10SanéSubstituted forComanat 65′minutes
- 25MüllerSubstituted forStanisicat 90+1′minutes
- 7GnabrySubstituted forMusialaat 45′minutes
- 2GumnySubstituted forFrambergerat 64′minutes
- 4OxfordBooked at 36mins
- 30DorschBooked at 90mins
- 10MaierSubstituted forMorávekat 64′minutes
- 16VargasSubstituted forZeqiriat 56′minutes
- 28HahnSubstituted forGregoritschat 78′minutes
- 7NiederlechnerSubstituted forPepiat 56′minutes
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Match ends, FC Bayern München 1, FC Augsburg 0.
Second Half ends, FC Bayern München 1, FC Augsburg 0.
Dayot Upamecano (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andi Zeqiri (FC Augsburg).
Foul by Jamal Musiala (FC Bayern München).
Niklas Dorsch (FC Augsburg) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Niklas Dorsch (FC Augsburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Marcel Sabitzer (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Niklas Dorsch (FC Augsburg).
Substitution, FC Bayern München. Josip Stanisic replaces Thomas Müller.
Corner, FC Augsburg. Conceded by Joshua Kimmich.
Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Raphael Framberger (FC Augsburg).
Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box following a set piece situation.
Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Daniel Caligiuri (FC Augsburg).
Attempt saved. Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcel Sabitzer.
Offside, FC Augsburg. Niklas Dorsch tries a through ball, but Michael Gregoritsch is caught offside.
Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).
Niklas Dorsch (FC Augsburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.