Bayern slump continues as Barca await
There was more misery for Bayern Munich’s head coach Pep Guardiola with his side losing 1-0 at home against Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday (May 9). The Bavarian giants, who were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona in the Champions League, found themselves down to ten men with 12 minutes played when the stand-in goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, was sent off for a foul on Augsburg’s striker Raul Bobadilla.
Manuel Neuer – who was being rested before Tuesday’s second leg with Barca – replaced Philip Lahm and took Reina’s place in goal. But Augsburg were unable to capitalise, Dutch defender Paul Verhaegh hitting the post with the resultant penalty. But Munich did eventually find themselves 1-0 down in the second half when Argentinian striker Bobadilla flicked in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s cross in the 71st minute the result means Bayern, who are already Bundesliga champions, now go into their second leg tie against Barcelona having lost four games in a row.
Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach beat rivals Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in a crucial battle which could help decide which side ends up in next season’s Champions League. The first-half was goalless but Moenchengladbach went ahead just minutes into the second period through Max Kruse, who got on the end of a Patrick Herrmann cross in the 50th minute. Herrmann then made it 2-0 after 80 minutes by pouncing on a mistake by Bayer goalkeeper Bernd Leno and finishing from close range. The substitute Ibrahima Traore then closed out a convincing victory for Moenchengladbach near the end with a long-range effort. Moenchengladbach move into second ahead of Wolfsburg, with Bayer remaining fourth.