Robben shines as Bayern floor Augsburg again


BERLIN: Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben combined for all three goals as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich eased to an impressive 3-1 victory for their second win over Augsburg this week.

Having also beaten their Bavarian neighbours by the same margin on Wednesday at home in the German Cup, Bayern completed the double thanks to Robben’s outstanding display with two assists and a goal.

Bayern took the lead at Augsburg’s WWK Arena when Robben’s pass found Lewandowski unmarked in the area to rifle home his first Bundesliga goal for six weeks on 19 minutes.

The Poland hot-shot returned the favour two minutes later.

His shot was parried by Augsburg goalkeeper Marvin Hitz, but Lewandowski spotted Robben unmarked and the Dutchman drilled home the pass.

Just after the break, Robben snapped up a disastrous pass from Augsburg’s Gojko Kacar to thread a pass for Lewandowski to fire home on 48 minutes for his seventh goal in nine league games.

Just as they had done in the cup on Wednesday, Augsburg pulled a goal back when Koo Ja-Cheol tapped home Daniel Baier’s pass after Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels failed to clear the danger on 67 minutes.

This was Augsburg’s third straight loss in all competitions to leave them just above the relegation places.

Munich, who are at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday in the Champions League, are two points clear in the table, but second-placed Leipzig kept up the pressure with a 2-0 win at Darmstadt as Marcel Sabitzer scored both goals.

Leipzig are now nine games unbeaten on their debut season in Germany’s top flight — just one short of the record for a newly promoted team.

Freiburg are up to seventh after their 3-1 win at Werder Bremen thanks to goals by Maximilian Philipp, a Vincenzo Grifo penalty and a strike by Albanian international Amir Abrashi.

Defender Santiago Garcia pulled a second-half goal back for Bremen, but the defeat leaves them 15th and just a point from the relegation places.

Bayer Leverkusen warmed up for Wednesday’s away Champions League match at Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 comeback win at VfL Wolfsburg, who remain in the relegation places.

Wolfsburg, now winless in eight league games, took the lead when Maximilian Arnold converted a cross with the Leverkusen defence in pieces, leaving Roger Schmidt fuming from behind glass in a private box.

The Leverkusen boss was completing his two-match ban for calling Hoffenheim’s coach Julian Nagelsmann “a nutter” during last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat which saw him banished to the stands.

But Leverkusen roared back with two goals in five second-half minutes from Swiss striker Admir Mehmedi and Croatia international Tin Jedvaj to give Bayer their first win in five games to go 10th.

Yunus Malli and Levin Oztunali scored in Mainz’s 2-0 over second-from-bottom Ingolstadt, who had Max Christiansen sent off late on for a second yellow card.