Bayern break records over Augsburg

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Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty ImagesThomas Mueller capped Bayern Munich's 37th consecutive league match without a defeat by converting a 95th penalty in a 3-0 win over Augsburg.

Bayern Munich check into the record books once again as goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller lifted the Bavarian club to unprecedented heights in a win over FC Augsburg. Bayern have now not lost for 37 consecutive Bundesliga matches -- bettering Hamburg SV's record of 36 dating back to the mid-80's.

- Report: Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg

Boateng spoke post-match: "I'm totally delighted about my goal and the fact we've cracked the record. Congratulations to everyone at Bayern, including Jupp Heynckes for last season. It was a fantastic performance from the whole team. We can rightly be happy."

And what a goal it was! Just four minutes in Dante headed down to his fellow centre-back from a lashed Ribery free-kick. Boateng turned and shot in to the opposite top corner, past Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz to open Bayern's account.

Hitz had his work cut out for him on the day -- no surprise, really -- as he saved early three different times before FCA got a corner. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer would punch out, before David Alaba blocked out, and the ensuing fast break saw Ribery and Mario Goetze get down with Alaba just shooting over.

Centre-back Dante saw a chance saved by Hitz before Alaba gave up possession as a superlative Boateng cleared it up. But, the whole-team defence was clicking as Rafinha gained the ball in Bayern's box before Mario Mandzukic chased down Andre Hahn to tackle out.

Ribery doubled Bayern's lead as he hammered a free-kick -- after having been fouled -- into the top of the net. 2-0 at the half, and Bayern Munich were well on their way despite a concentrated effort from Markus Weinzierl's men -- although the guests did get the first shot off to open the second half, with Jan Moravek going wide.

Goetze's shot deflected to Hitz before Halil Altintop came off for Arkadiusz Milik, and Bayern right-side linchpin Arjen Robben could be seen warming up on the sidelines. The crowd in the Allianz would react to the Wolves equalising against Borussia Dortmund as Kevin Vogt and Boateng exchanged words on a Toni Kroos free-kick.

Hahn and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker got close before Goetze would come off for Robben -- the Dutchman's first inclusion since a groin injury three weeks previous. He'd pay dividends immediately, getting down on a fast break, and firing a shot that was deflected out.

Thomas Mueller came on for Rafinha and Jan Kirchhoff for Kroos as Bayern looked to seal the deal as Kirchhoff attempted a shot from a Ribery cross, and Robben headed just wide. Bayern would not be denied a third, however, despite Weinzierl's protest of a hand-ball from Matthias Ostrzolek. Mueller would coolly convert.

Augsburg has a shot at revenge in their house against Bayern Munich in the next round of DFB Pokal matches, while Bayern have now beaten the record for consecutive Bundesliga matches without a loss. And, on top of everything, Bayern's next opponent -- Borussia Dortmund -- lost at Wolfsburg, opening up a four-point gap at the top of the table.

Not a bad week of football.


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