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2-0 defeat at home to Wolfsburg

Bénes makes Augsburg debut

First Team 06.02.2021, 17:30

FC Augsburg suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon.

New addition László Bénes, who joined FCA earlier this week on a sixth-month loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach, came straight into the starting XI alongside Robert Gumny and Mads Petersen. Reece Oxford and Marco Richter began on the bench, while Iago missed out with an ankle injury. 
FCA shifted from the recent back three system, starting in a 4-2-3-1 with Bénes lining up in attacking midfield.

The visitors seized the initiative early on and missed a flurry of good opportunities. Renato Steffen found himself one-on-one with Rafal Gikiewicz but lost control of the ball (6'), while Wout Weghorst’s header was blocked by Felix Udokhai (11'). At the other end, André Hahn’s effort flew well over the target (13'). Eventually, both sides settled down and chances were few and far between at both ends, as Wolfsburg dominated possession, but were held off by an alert Augsburg defence. 

Augsburg’s showed glimpses going forward with some impressive combination play, which is exactly how the game’s best chance emerged shortly after the half-hour mark. Following a quick one-two with Gumny, Daniel Caligiuri was denied the opener by the in-form Koen Casteels (33'). Gikiewicz was likewise at hand to deny Wolfsburg at the other end, but wasn’t so fortunate with the next chance. Yannick Gerhardt picked out Weghorst on the counter and the Dutchman chipped the ball deftly over the outcharging Gikiewicz to give VfL the lead (38').  

Baku doubles the lead; Gikiewicz denies Weghorst

FCA reacted with more attacking intent after the break, though Udokhai was unable to find the target with his headed chance (54'). Baku thought he had doubled Wolfsburg’s lead seconds later, but VAR ruled the goal out for offside (54'). He scored again five minutes later, however, this time there would be no intervention (59). 2-0 to Wolfsburg.  

Gikiewicz stopped things going from bad to worse with a solid save in a 1-v-1 attack, while Hahn could only find the side netting with his chance. Augsburg pushed more and more bodies forward, giving Wolfsburg more room to counter. Baku was flagged offside once more, while Brekalo was also denied by Gikiewicz. FCA themselves found no way to reduce the deficit, thus the match ended 2-0 to the visitors. 

FC Augsburg are next in action on Friday evening (12th February, 20:30) when they pay a visit to second-placed RB Leipzig. 

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