Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski gave the club the only goal by penalty to take a 1-0 win over Augsburg on Wednesday, and still sitting at the top of the Bundesliga table with four points ahead of Leipzig.
Lewandowski’s penalty kick in the 13th-minute was Bayern’s only reward for dominating the first half, while the visitors had to hold on in the second with Augsburg missing a host of chances — including a penalty of its own.
Lewandowski scored his 22nd goal of the season – a league record after 17 games – from the spot after a foul made by Augsburg midfielder Rani Khedira on Lucas Hernández.
Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller both missed their chance to score before the halftime break, when Khedira made way for Tobias Strobl.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick had to pull off Lewandowski as precaution in the 67th after the striker said he “felt something” in the back of his leg.
“Robert is extremely important for us. We didn’t want to take any risks,” Flick said.
Augsburg had shown quite improvement the way they played in the second half as they needed to equalize or score twice, but unfortunately missed a great chance to equalize when Alfred Finnbogason had his penalty off the left post in the 76th, while Benjamin Pavard conceded the spot kick for handball.
“Very bitter,” Finnbogason said upon his miss.
Another Augsburg substitute, Fredrik Jensen, shot over from another good position shortly afterward.
Leipzig, who earned a 1-0 victory over Union Berlin thanks to Emil Forsberg’s 70th-minute strike, are still behind league leaders Bayern by four points to catch up.
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Union Berlin dropped to sixth place after its first defeat in seven games since losing the Berlin derby 3-1 at Hertha last Dec. 4.
Arminia Bielefeld defeated Stuttgart 3-0 at home to keep them out of the relegation zone after Cologne’s late 2-1 win at last-place Schalke earlier Wednesday.
Cologne remained 16th in the 18-team division, while Bielefeld are two points clear in 15th.
Also, Eintracht Frankfurt came back to draw 2-2 at Freiburg.