Review of the year 2021, part four
As the new year comes in, FC Augsburg are taking a look back over the last 12 months. Next up in the review of the year: April.
After a two-week international break, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim visited the WWK Arena. Ruben Vargas and André Hahn put FCA 2-0 up at the break, which was enough for all three points, despite a late goal for the away team. It was the club’s 100th victory in the Bundesliga and saw them increase the lead over the relegation play-off position to nine points.
Just as in previous weeks, this important win was then followed by a setback. The next match saw FCA lose 1-0 at bottom of the league FC Schalke 04, and that was followed by a goalless draw at Arminia Bielefeld. With a busy week of fixtures piling up, another defeat came, this time 2-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt. Alfred Finnbogason even missed a penalty to make matters worse in the closing stages on that occasion.
Just three days later, 1. FC Köln visited Augsburg. A win would have seen FCA put some real distance between themselves and the visitors, however the first half was a complete nightmare from an Augsburg perspective. Köln were 3-0 up at the break, and even with second-half goals from Robert Gumny and Ruben Vargas, FCA were left empty-handed after another disappointing night.
Having taken just one point from the last four games, head coach Heiko Herrlich departed the club. He was replaced by Markus Weinzierl, who returned after previously being in charge for four successful years from 2012 to 2016. His job was to guide FCA to safety.