FCA fell to a heavy defeat on Friday evening away against Eintracht Frankfurt. Augsburg kept up with Frankfurt for the first half, but after the shock of a quickfire double in the second half never looked like getting back into the game and suffered a comprehensive dismantling.
After the 2-1 home win against Werder Bremen FCA head coach Martin Schmidt made two changes to the starting lineup, as Tomas Koubek came back into the starting XI along with Alfred Finnbogason for his first start since recovering from his shoulder injury. Andreas Luthe and Andre Hahn were consequently dropped to the bench. The early stages of the match were distinctly lacking in excitement or threat to either side, as neither team seemed to implement a high press or counter-attacking runs. Ruben Vargas did have the first big chance of the game as Niederlechner set him up to score, but a big hand from Kevin Trapp denied the Swiss in the 9th minute.
Out of possession, FCA initially performed well; harassing the Frankfurt players with the ball so they were unable to release pacey forward Filip Kostic. Philipp Max missed a direct free-kick, but at the other end of the pitch Koubek was on hand to save Timothy Chandler’s header. Unfortunately for the Czech, he conceded not a minute later after former Augsburg man Dominik Kohr sent Chandler through the FCA defence and the American blasted his finish into the roof of the Augsburg net to give the home side a 1-0 lead (37’).
The Fuggerstädter almost bounced back with an immediate equaliser, but Trapp was able to save from Niederlechner’s speculative effort (40’). Up the other end, Koubek managed to turn an effort from Silva onto the post (43’). FCA also had the last chance of the first half as Alfred Finnbogason failed to convert from close range due to the actions of Trapp, and Frankfurt took their 1-0 lead into the break.
Any fleeting hopes Augsburg fans may have had of taking something from this game were ripped up decisively in the minutes following the restart. A long-range effort from Kohr forced Koubek into tipping the ball out for a corner, but from the resulting corner Kostic delivered the ball onto the head of Chandler, whose effort went in off the crossbar (48’). If this wasn’t bad enough, Frankfurt added a third in quick succession after Silva nodded in Silva’s cross only seven minutes later.
Augsburg did not recover from this quickfire double. Frankfurt subsequently were content to sit in possession, without the urgency of attempting to push into the final third. Koubek prevented a fourth goal after a volley from Silva (75’) and substitute Eduard Löwen had a rare Augsburg chance when he had space near the edge of the box, but his shot was straight at Trapp (76’).
As the game was drawing to a close, FCA still had one chance to score a late consolation, but Niederlechner’s volely was cleared off the line by Chandler (86’). However, the game was not yet over, as in the last two minutes of the 90, Filip Kostic scored twice, after being not picked up for the first and taking advantage of careless passing for his second (89’,90’).
After a decent enough first half and an appalling second, Augsburg were powerless to resist the significant 5-0 loss. FCA’s next match sees them host Freiburg on Saturday, February 15th (3:30pm).