August 17, 2017

Robert Lewandowski brace sees Bayern Munich beat Augsburg 3-1 for the second time in three days

Robert Lewandowski scored twice to help Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich win 3-1 at Augsburg on Saturday, three days after beating the same opponents by the same score in the German Cup.

Bayern, who have 23 points, and Leipzig, who are two points behind, remained unbeaten after the first nine games of the season.

Lewandowski had not scored in his previous five league games but ended his mini-drought after 19 minutes when he finished off a counter-attack set up by Arjen Robben, who himself added the second two minutes later.

Lewandowski struck again three minutes after halftime and Koo Ja-cheol pulled one back after a Bayern defensive lapse.

Elsewherre in the Bundesliga RB Leipzig, in their first season in the top flight, won 2-0 at Darmstadt with two goals from Marcel Sabitzer to stay second, and Bayer Leverkusen scored two late goals as they came from behind to win 2-1 at troubled VfL Wolfsburg.

A brilliant solo goal by Max Philipp set Freiburg, another promoted side, on the way to a 3-1 win at lowly Werder Bremen.

Leipzig dominated possession in characteristic style at Darmstadt although they needed nearly an hour to break the deadlock when substitute Sabitzer turned in Timo Werner’s cross.

Sabitzer’s second came from an almost identical finish but the hard work was done by Oliver Burke who drew two defenders before putting in a low cross.

Freiburg fullback Philipp scored arguably the best goal of the afternoon when he weaved his way past the Bremen defence before carefully placing the ball into the net.

Vincenzo Grifo, from a penalty, and Amir Abrashi were also on target for Freiburg and Santiago Garcia replied for Bremen.

Maximilian Arnold gave Wolfsburg a first-half lead but they inexplicably sat back after the break and paid heavily when Admir Mehmedi levelled in the 79th minute and Tin Jedvaj struck five minutes later.

The defeat left Wolfsburg in the relegation play-off spot.

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