FRANKFURT: Bayern Munich’s unbeaten run in the German Bundesliga came to an end after 53 matches away to modest Augsburg.
Striker Sascha Molders scored the only goal in the 31st minute to upset a Bayern side irritated in midweek when their failure to win at Manchester United in the Champions League was exacerbated by the controversial expulsion of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
David Alaba hit a post and Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller went close for a deliberately weakened Bayern who had already secured the German league title last month. The return against United is on Wednesday.
Bayern’s last league defeat was against Bayer Leverkusen in October 2012. Defeat by Augsburg was Bayern’s third in all competitions this season.
They were beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the July’s German Super Cup and lost to Manchester City in the group stages of the Champions League.
Bayer Leverkusen sacked coach Sami Hyypia after a 2-1 defeat against Hamburg extended their poor recent record to one win from the last nine league games. Youth coach Sascha Lewandowski takes over as caretaker.
In France Paris Saint-Germain did not miss top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they beat Reims 3-0 to go 16 points clear at the top of the table. Ibrahimovic, PSG’s 25-goal top scorer, has a thigh injury which will keep him out of the Champions League return against Chelsea.
Edinson Cavani opened the scoring with Reims defender Aissa Mandi scoring two own goals in the second half.
In Spain an early goal from Raul Garcia brought leaders Atletico de Madrid a 1-0 home win over Villarreal while pursuing neighbours Real won 4-0 away to Real Sociedad on strikes from Asier Illarramendi, Gareth Bale, Pepe and Alvaro Morata.