04:10 am
26 October 2016

Bayern beats Augsburg 2-1 last minute, Dortmund wins 4-2

MUNICH (AP) — Thomas Mueller scored a last-minute penalty for Bayern Munich to beat Augsburg 2-1 and Borussia Dortmund maintained its perfect Bundesliga start by defeating Hannover 4-2 on Saturday.

Hannover defender Felipe scored an own goal and gave away two penalties in a game to forget for the Brazilian.

Alexander Esswein stunned Bayern when he struck for Augsburg two minutes before the break, but Robert Lewandowski equalized in the 77th, and Mueller made no mistake from the spot after Markus Feulner was adjudged to have fouled Douglas Costa.

Video replay showed it was a soft decision with the Bayern winger running into Feulner and then falling.

“I don’t like to win like that,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored both penalties for Dortmund, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan adding a fine strike, and Felipe doing the rest. Artur Sobiech scored twice for Hannover.

“This win feels very well deserved. We know how much hard work is involved,” said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who has nine wins from nine competitive games since taking over.

Alexander Meier marked his return from a knee operation with a hat trick as he led Eintracht Frankfurt to a 6-2 rout of Cologne in the late game.

Meier, last season’s top-scorer, who hadn’t played since April 4, opened the scoring with a header, made it 3-0 in off the post, and completed the scoring with another header in the 87th. Luc Castaignos added two, as Frankfurt moved into provisional fourth.

“The muscles are a little tired but it’s OK. Everything’s fine,” said Meier, who was feted as a “Fussball-Gott” (football god) by the Frankfurt fans.

Promoted Darmstadt upset Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 away for its first win thanks to Aytac Sulu’s eighth-minute header, car manufacturer-backed clubs Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg could draw only 0-0, while Hertha Berlin defeated Stuttgart 2-1 at home.

“We’re proud that we can celebrate the first victory in 33 years with Darmstadt,” Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster said of the club’s long absence from the top-flight.

Mdfielder Genki Haraguchi put Hertha ahead in the 14th, Toni Sunjic equalized in the 26th, but Fabien Lustenberger scored a spectacular winner in first-half injury time to propel Hertha to provisional sixth, and leave Stuttgart contemplating its fourth defeat from four games.

Bayern players took to the field holding hands with children on either side, a migrant child on one side, in what the club said was a “a symbol for the integration of refugees.”

The home side dominated possession but struggled to make leeway early on. Thomas Mueller twice went close before Marwin Hitz made a great save to deny Thiago Alcantara.

Esswein struck for Augsburg with what was the visitors’ only shot on target. They had four shots altogether, compared to 27 for Bayern.

Guardiola brought France Under-21 winger Kingsley Coman on for his Bundesliga debut in the second half, but the 19-year-old who claimed on Thursday he could “make the difference in every minute” failed to back up his words.

Bayern increased the pace and Lewandowski finally made the breakthrough when he stabbed home from close range after Hitz blocked Mueller’s initial effort.

Mueller made sure after Costa’s late fall that Bayern kept pace with Dortmund at the top. Dortmund leads on goal difference.