FC Augsburg remains first-class with a bang and a bang: Despite a disappointing 0: 2 (0: 2) at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the team of coach Enrico Maaßen made the league perfect with kind support. For Borussia, a moderate season ended fortunately, but a separation from coach Daniel Farke seems conceivable.
Heavy loads fell from Augsburg’s shoulders. “I’m just relieved after such a terrible game from us,” said captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw on the Sky microphone. The Dutch defender was annoyed by his team’s apparent lack of will: “We didn’t want to be dependent on others. But you don’t have a chance like that.”
Goal debutant Luca Netz (3rd) and national player Jonas Hofmann (40th) scored for Borussia and brought FCA to the abyss, Robert Gumny also saw red because of an emergency brake (45th + 3rd). But because the competition played along, the Fuggerstadt residents are spared a threatening “detention” in the relegation even after three defeats in a row – the 13th first division year in a row can come.
What’s next for color?
Meanwhile, Borussia celebrated their tenth home win, but overall the record is poor: 43 points mean the weakest season in twelve years and only tenth place. – at least ahead of the Rhenish rivals 1. FC Köln.
Farke’s farewell is said to have already been decided, and Gladbach’s U23 coach Eugen Polanski is said to be the successor. “Now it’s time to analyze the season and then watch it. It’s clear: there’s an analysis, and that’s it,” said Gladbach’s sporting director Roland Virkus on the subject.
Augsburg inferior from the start
In front of 52,186 spectators, Augsburg quickly got a damper in the fight for the missing point. “The head will be decisive,” Maassen said before the game – and yet he had to watch his team disappoint from the first minute. Netz was allowed to push in unhindered for his first Bundesliga goal after a cross pass from Hofmann.
The FCA now seemed to rely on support from the other stadiums and left the game to Gladbach. Captain Lars Stindl, who played for VfL for the last time after eight years in a Borussia jersey, hit the outside of the post (19′).
In front of the cheerful audience – almost 52,500 spectators on average even mean a club record – Gladbach continued to dictate the events as he pleased. Stindl was sought again and again to enable the “Capitano” to score his farewell goal. The veteran, who was substituted five minutes before the end to great applause, at least shone as an assist and gave Hofmann the 2-0. “From now on I’m just a huge fan of Borussia Mönchengladbach,” said Stindl in his farewell speech after the end of the game.
After Gumny was sent off, Augsburg was already in a lost position at the break, but at least showed fighting spirit again in the second round.
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