Dortmund top as Bayern stunned at Augsburg
Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Teenage substitute Youssoufa Moukoko sacked Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with a 1-0 derby victory over Schalke, as Bayern Munich suffered their first loss of the season at Augsburg.
Bayern’s 1-0 defeat was the fourth consecutive time they have dropped points in the league, after three successive draws.
In Dortmund, the home side looked set to lose another chance to capitalize on Bayern’s error, before a late goal from 17-year-old striker Moukoko saw them claim all three points.
In Augsburg, the home side roared out of the blocks, clearly motivated for a big performance against their Bavarian neighbors.
Augsburg’s Florian Niederlechner had a golden chance to open the scoring after 11 minutes, but a crucial intervention by Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano saw his shot scuffed into the hands of Manuel Neuer.
As the half continued, Bayern began to find their rhythm, with Sadio Mane looking certain to score after 32 minutes before being denied by a final slot from Augsburg’s Max Bauer.
Augsburg, who beat Bayern 2-1 in the corresponding game last year, didn’t just play for a draw and continuously opened Bayern up on the counter.
The stalemate was finally broken on an Augsburg free-kick, with an error from Brazilian defender Iago landing perfectly for Mergim Berisha, who tapped the ball home.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann reacted immediately by replacing right-back Noussair Mazraoui with striker Serge Gnabry.
The visitors continued to press for an equalizer as the game went on, but Augsburg held on for a deserved win.
Reus injured again
Dortmund’s victory over their bitter derby rivals was tempered by a potentially serious ankle injury to captain Marco Reus.
Reus, who missed Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph with an ankle injury, was stretched to tears in the 30th minute after a clash with Schalke defender Florian Flick.
Jude Bellingham came close to the opener after play resumed, but his dazzling header was prevented by a fingertip save from visiting keeper Alexander Schwolow.
Dortmund striker Anthony Modeste nearly scored with his own header in first-half added time, but his attempt for Dortmund’s first home goal bounced just wide.
Modeste was replaced in the 64th minute by Moukoko, who immediately added speed and candor up front.
Dortmund’s continued pressure on Schalke’s goal finally paid off in the 79th minute, when Moukoko headed in a superb cross from Marius Wolf.
USA striker Gio Reyna – brought on for Reus in the 30th minute – almost added a second when his sliding effort hit the post two minutes later.
The win was Dortmund’s fourth 1-0 win in seven games this season.
Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt have won three from their last four games with a comfortable 3-1 win at Stuttgart.
In Leverkusen, a 57th-minute goal from Kerem Demirbay looked set to secure the home side their second win of the season, but Milos Veljkovic saved a 1-1 draw for Werder Bremen.
In Saturday’s final game, RB Leipzig travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach.
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