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Bayern stoic after long unbeaten run ends

Published: Saturday 5 April 2014, 19.17CET
"You can't win them all in football," shrugged Josep Guardiola after FC Bayern München's 1-0 loss at FC Augsburg – the German champions first defeat in 53 Bundesliga games.
by Felix Röber
from Munich
Bayern stoic after long unbeaten run ends
Daniel Van Buyten and Bastian Schweinsteiger respond to going behind at Augsburg ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 5 April 2014, 19.17CET

Bayern stoic after long unbeaten run ends

"You can't win them all in football," shrugged Josep Guardiola after FC Bayern München's 1-0 loss at FC Augsburg – the German champions first defeat in 53 Bundesliga games.

The list of records that Sascha Mölders' goal ended today is quite frankly far too long to be stated here. The most important things is that the 1-0 away defeat by FC Augsburg was FC Bayern München's first loss in 53 Bundesliga games. Josep Guardiola's 29th Bundesliga game also brought him his first defeat in the German top flight.

"The Bundesliga is over for us – our main goal is now the Champions League," Guardiola ahead of the Augsburg match, and he made plenty of changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Manchester United FC on Tuesdat. Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry and Philipp Lahm were rested, while 19-year-old Ylli Sallahi made his Bundesliga debut, and both 18-year-old Pierre Højbjerg and 19-year-old Mitchell Weiser made their first league starts.

The three youngsters looked a little raw at times, and it took a noteworthy performance from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to keep Augsburg at bay. He had no chance in the 31st minute, though, as Mölders put Augsburg ahead. Bayern looked more dangerous after Mario Götze, David Alaba and Thomas Müller came on after the break, but while Alaba hit the woodwork, Bayern could not avoid their first Bundesliga defeat since a 2-1 home loss against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in October 2012.

The German champions are now without a win in three games in all competitions, but Neuer was unconcerned after the final whistle. "We didn't field our first team today," he said. "It was important for us that nobody got injured today. We play Manchester on Wednesday – nothing else matters."

Thomas Müller had a slightly different opinion: "It does hurt a little bit to have this run come to an end. We wanted to maintain that perfect record. We knew that it wouldn't be an easy game in Augsburg, but it certainly wasn't the plan to lose here."

"You can't win them all in football," shrugged Guardiola. "We have to accept the defeat and start to prepare for our final against Manchester on Wednesday. It's a true final – a matter of life or death."

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