Bayern Munich needed a late Robert Lewandowski penalty to squeeze past Augsburg at the Allianz Arena.
Following Wednesday’s Champions League defeat by Villarreal, the Bundesliga leaders again failed to convince against a side just seven points above the relegation play-offs.
Lewandowski’s 23rd goal in 19 games against them secured the win after Reece Oxford’s handball.
The Bavarians now sit nine points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top.
A frustrating first half saw Bayern struggle to find any rhythm against a robust Augsburg defence. Lewandowski was left isolated in attack, while neither Leroy Sane nor Serge Gnabry could make inroads from wide positions.
For all of the home side’s possession, Augsburg looked a threat on the counter-attack and went close through Ruben Vargas 10 minutes before half-time.
It was much the same story in the second half, Bayern’s play laborious and chances a rarity. Julian Nagelsmann sent on Jamal Musiala, but they still struggled to find their edge.
With eight minutes remaining, the hosts were awarded a penalty after the video assistant referee deemed that former West Ham defender Oxford had handled the ball in the area. Lewandowski scored to snatch all three points, much to Nagelsmann’s relief.
Other today’s Bundesliga results:
Köln 3-2 Mainz
Fürth 0-2 B Mgladbach
Wolfsburg 4-0 Arminia Bielefeld
Hertha Berlin 1-4 Union Berlin
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