Bundesliga: Bayern drops points in 2-2 draw against Augsburg

Niklas Sule suffered an injury as Bayern Munich was held against Augsburg in the Bundesliga, having fallen behind 30 seconds in.

Published : Oct 19, 2019 21:21 IST

Augsburg's Felix Uduokhai celebrates after the final whistle against Bayern Munich.
Augsburg's Felix Uduokhai celebrates after the final whistle against Bayern Munich.

Augsburg's Felix Uduokhai celebrates after the final whistle against Bayern Munich.

Augsburg scored after 30 seconds and again in second-half stoppage time to claim a dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Bayern Munich, as Niklas Sule suffered an injury that will have the Bundesliga champion concerned.

Richter scored in the opening minute for host Augsburg on Saturday as Bayern struggled to bounce back from the loss its suffered to Hoffenheim before the international break.

But after the visitor lost a distressed Sule to injury, Serge Gnabry set up Robert Lewandowski to net for a record-equalling eighth straight game at the start of a Bundesliga campaign.

Former Arsenal youngster Gnabry then scored himself in the second half.

That would not prove to be the winner, though, Alfred Finnbogason tapping in one minute into added time to stun Niko Kovac's side.

Had Bayern won, it would have returned to the top of the Bundesliga after Wolfsburg lost at RB Leipzig. Instead, Bayern was left a point off the pace, with Borussia Monchengladbach in with a chance to extend its lead when it plays Borussia Dortmund later on Saturday.

An explosive start saw Augsburg forward Richter volley in from eight yards after Rani Khedira headed into his path, capping a move that began with a simple throw-in.

Richter flashed a shot wide from a great chance to add a second goal, with Sule injured in the build-up when challenging Florian Niederlechner for possession.

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The Bayern defender immediately clutched his leg and David Alaba replaced him.

But Bayern levelled in the 14th minute, as Lewandowski headed in Gnabry's in-swinging cross, keeper Tomas Koubek unable to keep it out despite getting a hand on the ball.

Bayern came within inches of taking the lead twice before half-time, with a Gnabry volley bouncing off the post and Tin Jedvaj clearing Thiago Alcantara's effort off the line.

Four minutes into the second half, though, Bayern did break through as Gnabry cut inside and found the bottom corner with a sweet left-footed strike from 20 yards after being found by Philippe Coutinho.

Koubek made what proved to be pivotal saves from Coutinho and Kingsley Coman, while substitute Thomas Muller could not convert a glorious late chance just before Augsburg went up the other end to level.

Two substitutes combined as Sergio Cordova outmuscled Lucas Hernandez and laid it on a plate for Finnbogason. The draw left Kovac dismayed and home boss Martin Schmidt celebrating in delight after a contest that matched last year's encounter – which Bayern won 3-2 after also conceding in the first minute – for drama.

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