FCA come away with nothing despite positive performance
FC Augsburg suffered a narrow defeat away at VfL Wolfsburg. The Fuggerstädter were beaten 1-0 despite an impressive performance. Their efforts, especially in the second half, went unrewarded.
After beating VfB Stuttgart 4-1, coach Markus Weinzierl saw no need to change things and placed his trust in the same eleven that started his side’s second win of the season.
VfL came into the match with renewed confidence under new head coach Florian Kohfeldt, immediately taking control of things. With their first proper chance of the contest, Wolfsburg took the lead. Paulo Otavio crossed to the near post where Lukas Nmecha headed in to make it 1-0 (14’). Just a few minutes later, Rafał Gikiewicz nearly had to pick the ball out of his net again, but Otavio just missed the target (22’). At the other end, Arne Maier managed to create a first chance for the visitors (25’).
Wolfsburg were dominant and had their next good chances within seconds of each other. First off, Maximilian Arnold saw his free kick saved by Gikiewicz before Sebastiaan Bornauw headed just wide (31’). FCA were mainly on the defensive and rarely had dangerous moments in transition. Daniel Caligiuri shot twice from distance (34’, 36’). Weinzierl was then forced into a change before the break as Strobl had to come off with a knee injury, being replaced by Dorsch (38’).
Weinzierl made one change at the break, bringing on Florian Niederlechner for Alfred Finnbogason. FCA started well into the second half, creating several good chances early on. First, Zeqiri missed what could have been the equaliser (52'), before Bornauw was called upon to make a last-ditch tackle on Niederlechner (54').
Wolfsburg were then able to restore order to their backline, as FCA were unable to make the most of their chances in the final third. Substitute André Hahn then had a goal chalked off for offside in the 74th minute. Despite being awarded eight corners to Wolfsburg's zero, FCA were unable to make the most of their set-pieces.
Despite a spirited performance, Augsburg suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Wolves. The team will return to action after the international break, hosting FC Bayern München on matchday 12 (Friday, 19th November, 20:30 CET).