Bayern Munich returned from a Champions League setback to beat Augsburg 1-0 on Saturday, taking another step toward a record-extending 10th straight championship. Robert Lewandowski converted a late penalty.
It was Lewandowski’s 32nd league goal in 29 games this season, and it propelled Bayern to a nine-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund. On April 23, the two squads will clash in Munich.
Augsburg was still six points above the relegation zone.
On Wednesday, Bayern fell 1-0 to Villarreal in the opening leg of the quarterfinals. The Spanish squad visits Munich on Tuesday, and Bayern looked to be focused on that game throughout a poor first half against Augsburg.
In the first 45 minutes, Bayern had just four shots on goal, none of which were on target, but they improved after the half.
It ultimately broke the stalemate eight minutes before the deadline. Following a video review for a handball by Augsburg defender Reece Oxford, the referee reversed his ruling and handed Bayern the spot kick.
Bayern almost increased their advantage seconds later, but Joshua Kimmich’s long-range shot hit the crossbar.
Wolfsburg defeated relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld 4-0 thanks to two goals from Lukas Nmecha.
A header from Nmecha just before halftime doubled Wolfsburg’s advantage. Maximilian Arnold and Max Kruse scored eight minutes into the second half.
In the end, Bielefeld held the advantage. Later, Hertha hosts Union Berlin in a high-stakes city derby.
Greuther Fürth fell 2-0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Cologne scored three goals in the closing half-hour to overcome Mainz 3-2 and improve its chances of qualifying for Europe.