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FC Augsburg – VfL Wolfsburg 3: 0: FCA pulls wolves into the relegation battle



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FC Augsburg has created some air in the table basement. Despite a few failures, there was a convincing 3-0 (1-0) win over the disappointing VfL Wolfsburg.

Markus Weinzierl gave his players a big hug, then the relaxed FC Augsburg coach beamed at the celebrating fans. Thanks to a lightning start with a convincing 3:0 (1:0) against a disappointing VfL Wolfsburg, his team has gained some air in the table basement of the Bundesliga.

“It’s great. We need every point. Everyone is ready,” said FCA goalscorer Mads Pedersen DAZN. Florian Niederlechner, who scored the second goal, spoke of a “perfect afternoon”. Augsburg sat down on three points from the relegation rank.

After the third bankruptcy in a row in 13th place, the weak wolves remain in slight danger of relegation. “We concede too many goals. There were individual mistakes,” complained national player Lukas Nmecha: “We’re in a bad position right now.”

Iago with the third fastest goal of the Bundesliga season (1st), Niederlechner (62nd) with his first goal since October and the strong Pedersen (69th) scored the goals for FCA, who jumped to 14th place and are two points behind Wolfsburg pushed. The Fuggerstadt team will have their next chance to score big points in the fight against relegation in the catch-up game against FSV Mainz 05 on Wednesday (6:30 p.m.). Weinzierl swore in his team in a circle on the pitch after the final whistle.

Wolfsburg without Kohfeldt against FCA

“We can take a huge step and pull Wolfsburg down again,” Weinzierl said before the game – and his team implemented this plan consistently from the start. Pedersen passed the ball on to Iago, who took the lead in his 50th Bundesliga game with a fine flick after just 49 seconds.

The failure of the almost complete Augsburg offensive around Alfred Finnbogason, Michael Gregoritsch, Andre Hahn and Ruben Vargas was hardly noticeable. With the lead behind them, FCA acted boldly in front of 23,143 spectators and kept pin-pricking.

The wolves, in which the only 25-year-old Vincent Heilmann stood on the sidelines instead of the head coach Florian Kohfeldt, who was still corona-positive, initially hardly found a structured build-up game. Nmecha missed Wolfsburg’s best chance in the first half, the international was denied by FCA keeper Rafal Gikiewicz (24′).

The game flattened out as a result, the mistakes piled up on both sides. VfL goalkeeper Pavao Pervan prevented the 0:2 shortly before the break with a low shot by Ricardo Pepi (45th).

The wolves came out of the dressing room with more vigor, without radiating any real goal threat. At the other end, Daniel Caligiuri missed a great chance to make it 2-0 when he chased the ball over the goal after an Iago pass (56′). Only a little later, Niederlechner and Pedersen did better for euphoric Augsburgers.

FC Augsburg – VfL Wolfsburg: The voices

Markus Weinzierl (FC Augsburg coach): “A deserved victory, we’ve achieved a lot of what we set out to do. We’re currently over the line, I see a constellation where we have everything in our own hands. With the fans behind us, the boys just play better and more liberated, that’s a huge factor for us.”

Jörg Schmadtke (Managing Director Sport VfL Wolfsburg): “We didn’t start the game well, of course we expected it to be different. We were inferior in both penalty areas and are taking a few lessons with us that aren’t good. The win for Augsburg is deservedly okay. We have to understand that we We have to defend ourselves more in the relegation battle and, above all, have to improve our communication. But we came here without a head coach, which also affects the team.”

FC Augsburg – VfL Wolfsburg: The data for the game

Augsburg: Gikiewicz – Gumny, Gouweleeuw, Oxford, Iago – Arne Maier (89th Moravek), Dorsch (46th Gruezo) – Caligiuri, Pedersen (72nd Zeqiri) – Pepi (89th Finnbogason), Niederlechner (81st Hahn). – Trainer: Weinzierl

Wolfsburg: Pervan – Lacroix, Bornauw (Lukebakio 65), Brooks – Mbabu (Baku 75), Schlager (Gerhardt 75), Arnold (Vranckx 75), Steffen – Kruse, Wind – Lukas Nmecha. – Trainer: Heilmann

Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Niederkassel)

Gates: 1-0 Iago (1st), 2-0 Niederlechner (63rd), 3-0 Pedersen (69th)

Yellow cards: cod (6)