Bénes put Augsburg ahead – Late penalty for Hertha
FC Augsburg were beaten 2-1 in the capital city on Saturday afternoon. After going ahead extremely early on, FCA conceded two second-half goals – including one right at the death – to lose 2-1.
Heiko Herrlich kept faith with the side that won 1-0 at 1. FSV Mainz 05 last matchday, making no changes.
The game couldn’t have started any better for the Fuggerstädter. With the first attack of the game, the away side took the lead. André Hahn played it through to László Bénes and his left-footed strike nestled into the far corner to give FCA the lead (2’). Hertha took a few minutes to recover, but after that they gained controlled in the Olympiastadion. Jhon Cordoba tested out Rafał Gikiewicz from a narrow angle (12’) and both Santiago Ascacibar (16’) and Deyovaisio Zeefuik missed the target (19’) with their shots.
The ‘Old Lady’s’ best chance for an equaliser came in the 21st minute. This time, Gikiewicz was equal to Ascacibar’s low drive (21’). Just before the break, Augsburg came close to doubling their lead. After a great solo run from Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, Florian Niederlechner’s header hit the post (38’).
Hertha came out of the blocks quickly and had a chance a minute into the second half, Gikiewicz keeping Cordoba at bay this time (46’). Shortly afterwards, Krzysztof Piatek cleared the bar from close range (50’). The Polish striker, however, did find the back of the net later on. He headed home a Vladimir Darida cross to level proceedings after 62 minutes.
Augsburg looked to find an immediate response to Hertha’s goal and almost did just that through Niederlechner, with his volley just missing the goal (65’). It became a scrappy affair with several stoppages, with more chances only coming in the closing stages. Niederlechner was kept out by Jarstein (78’), while Lukebakio headed wide for the hosts (83’). As the game petered out into a draw, referee Florian Badstübner pointed to the spot after Mads Pedersen brought down Lucas Tousart. Dodi Lukebakio stepped up and secured the win for Hertha (89’).
Augsburg are next in action on Friday night away at Borussia Mönchengladbach (12th March, 20:30 CET).