After four losses in a row, FCA finally got their win as they took an important step on the road to securing safety in the Bundesliga. The Fuggerstädter produced an emphatic 3-0 win against the Knappen.
Heiko Herrlich made two changes from his first game on the FCA sidelines: Felix Uduokhai and Carlos Gruezo started over Marek Such and Daniel Baier (both on the bench). As the FCA captain took a well earned break to start the double game week, Rani Khedira ran the midfield.
It didn’t take long for Augsburg to make their make in the game. Michael Gregoritsch gave a quick warning strike to the visitors, but couldn’t put Schalke ahead (4’). Instead it was the away side who went ahead after Eduard Löwen struck an unstoppable free kick from 25 yards into the top corner of the home net (6’), grabbing his second goal in an FCA shirt.
Luthe holds firm against Matondo
With he lead behind them, Augsburg began to sit off and let Schalke have more of the possession. This meant that Schalke looked to be having the better of the game, when in fact they rarely put the FCA net under any real pressure. That was mostly down to stellar defending from the away side as they regularly stopped Schalke from creating avenues throughout their defence. Andreas Luthe emphasised that the most as Schalke finally broke through just once but the keeper got down well to stop a Rabbi Matondo strike from hitting the back of the net (28’).
Neither keeper was really troubled in the first half after that as most of the action took place in the middle of the park, and so the teams went in at half time with the Fuggerstädter up 1-0.
Sarenren Bazee and Cordova seal the deal
After the break, FCA came out on the fron foot again with Florian Niederlechner and Marco Richter both having chances early, but neither turned their opportunity into a goal. At the other end, Augsburg continued to stand firm in defence, Daniel Caligiuri’s shot causing them no real issue (63’). Their only real chance came when Gregoritsch almost head home an equaliser from a corner, but his effort went wide of the mark. Philipp Max almost put in the second for Augsburg but a smart save from Markus Schubert denied his wonderful free kick effort (69’).
The game then started to become more open as Schalke pushed for an equaliser, but this would eventually be their undoing. Noah Sarenren Bazee found himself in the Schalke box after a lethal counter attack from the away side, and he powerful slotted his strike home into the top corner, giving Schubert absolutely no chance and making it 2-0 (76’). It was then in added time that FCA added a third to rub salt into the Schalke wound: this time it was another substitute Sergio Cordova who curved his effort round Schubert after yet another powerful breakaway to seal the deal for Augsburg (90+1’).
And so the Fuggerstädter celebrated their first win at the ninth attempt as Heiko Herrlich got his first win as manager of the club. On Wednesday comes the next fixture foe the boys as they welcome bottom of the table SC Paderborn to the WWK-Arena (27/05/20, 20:30).