September 30, 2022
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund rise to the top in Augsburg as Bayern Munich

Teen substitute Yusuf Maukoko fired off Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund with a 1-0 derby win over Schalke on Saturday as Bayern Munich suffered their first loss of the season at Augsburg. Bayern’s 1–0 loss was the fourth consecutive time they dropped points in the league after three consecutive draws. At Dortmund, the home side looked set to squander another opportunity to capitalize on Bayern’s slip-up before 17-year-old striker Moukoko saw them claim all three points.

In Augsburg, the home side went out of the block, clearly leading to a big showing against their Bavarian neighbors.

Augsburg’s Florian Niederlechner had a golden opportunity to score after 11 minutes, but a crucial intervention from Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano saw his shot soak into the hands of Manuel Neuer.

As the half continued, Bayern began to find their rhythm, with Sadio Mane making sure to score after 32 minutes, before being denied a last-ditch lunge from Augsburg’s Max Bauer.

Augsburg, who beat Bayern 2-1 in the same match last year, were not content to play for a draw and continued to open Bayern on the counter.

The deadlock was eventually broken by an Augsburg free-kick, in which a missu from Brazilian defender Iago landed perfectly for Mergim Berisha, who tapped the ball home.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann reacted quickly, dismissing right-back Nauser Mazrouei for forward Serge Gnabry.

As the match progressed, the spectators continued to press for a draw, but Augsburg held on to a deserved victory.

– Reece injured again –

Dortmund’s victory over their bitter derby rivals was marred by a potentially serious ankle injury to captain Marco Reus.

Reus, who missed Germany’s 2014 World Cup win due to an ankle injury, was in tears after a clash with Schalke defender Florian Flick in the 30th minute.

Jude Bellingham went close to the opener after play resumed, but his glimmer header was held out by a fingerprint to save it from guest keeper Alexander Schvolo.

Dortmund striker Anthony Modest nearly scored with a header of his own in injury time in the first half, but his attempt at a first home goal for Dortmund bounced just wide.

Modest was defeated in the 64th minute for Maukoko, who immediately brought forth the pace and straightness.

Dortmund’s continued pressure on a Schalke goal finally paid off in the 79th minute, when Maukoko headed for a brilliant cross from Marius Wolff.

American forward Gio Reyna – brought in for Reus in the 30th minute – added almost a second when his gliding effort hit the post two minutes later.

The win was Dortmund’s fourth 1–0 win in seven matches this season.

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt registered three wins in their last four games with a comfortable 3–1 win over Stuttgart.


At Leverkusen, a 57th-minute goal from Kerem Demirbe prepared the home side to secure their second win of the season, but Milos Veljkovic saved a 1–1 draw for Werder Bremen.

In Saturday’s late game, RB Leipzig travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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