Hahn the matchwinner
Ahead of FC Augsburg’s home match against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, 10th January (15:30 CET), Heiko Herrlich put his team through their paces in a friendly against SSV Jahn Regensburg. André Hahn scored the only goal of the game.
The starting XI from Saturday’s 1-0 win against 1. FC Köln were all left out of the squad, which made room for academy talents like Tim Civeja, Dion Berisha and Lukas Petkov to gain some match practice with the first team.
The game got off to a bright start, as Michael Gregoritsch got a first shot off inside the first minute; his effort flew just wide of Alexander Weidinger’s goal. Augsburg were on the front foot again in the ninth minute with a quick break forward; Robert Gumny’s pass finding André Hahn, who fired the hosts in front from the edge of the box.
FCA’s almost doubled their lead in the 20th minute, when Mads Pedersen charged into the SSV box before squaring the ball to Hahn. This time Wiedinger made the save, parrying the ball straight to the feet of Pedersen, whose shot took a deflection and flew over the bar.
At the other end, there was little attacking threat from the visitors. Only a long-range shot from Florian Heister called Tomáš Koubek into action, but it was a routine save for the Augsburg shot-stopper.
Regensburg increased their attacking efforts after the break, finding more and more of the ball in the final third. But Herrlich’s were compact and composed as they handled the threat, while seeking to break forward quickly on the counter. They found no way through in the second half, however, against the well-organised visitors from the 2. Bundesliga.
Youngsters Jannik Schuster, Franjo Ivanovic and Seonghoon Cheon were all introduced late on, with the latter almost adding himself to the scoresheet shortly before the full-time whistle; his header flying just wide of the target.
Augsburg are next in action with a first home game of 2021 on Sunday against VfB Stuttgart.
FCA: Koubek - Gumny, Khedira, Suchý, Pedersen (46' Koudelka) - Civeja - Hahn, Petkov (81' Ivanovic), Berisha (81' Cheon), Sarenren Bazee (70' Schuster) - Gregoritsch
Goal: 1-0 Hahn (9')