FC Augsburg faced SV Heimstetten in their first preseason friendly ahead of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season. The match against the Regionalliga side took place on the 113th anniversary of FCA’s founding, with the Fuggestädter able to mark the occasion with a crushing victory. Augsburg kicked off the match with new signings Rafal Giekiewicz and Daniel Caligiuri both in the starting XI. Under the warm summer sun, FCA debuted their new home 2020/21 all-white home kit.
It didn’t take long for FCA to register their first attempt on goal. Striker Florian Niederlechner nearly broke through in the third minute but Heimstetten were able to clear his shot, as well as the resulting corner kick. FCA continued to push forward and pressure their opponents. Ruben Vargas and Phillipp Max were able to dictate play down the left wing, with Max having a hand in the opening goal for FCA. The winger played in a dangerous cross to Niederlechner, who had enough time to control it and place it in the bottom right-hand corner (12’). Heimstetten were able to record their first attempt on goal a few minutes later, but Niederlecher was able to clear it (16’). Just three minutes later, Augsburg were on the attack once again, as Heimstetten’s goalkeeper was able to parry Niederlechner’s shot. However, the ‘keeper was powerless to prevent Vargas from tapping home off the rebound (20’). FCA continued to switch things up on offence, with Richter, Vargas and Caligiuri switching positions and making life difficult for their opponents. .
It didn’t take long for Augsburg to get on the scoresheet again. Niederlechner, who was involved in nearly every FCA attack, was fouled in the box and was awarded a penalty by referee Michael Bacher. Caligiuri stepped up to the spot and cooly converted the spot-kick (25’). Head coach Heiko Herrlich’s side weren’t finished just yet, defending high and winning the ball back early. Niederlechner nearly made it 4-0 after a strong solo run complete with a nutmeg had him on a breakaway. But, the 29-year-old was unable to beat goalkeeper Riedmüller on the one-on-one. Minutes later, Niederlecher would have his second of the game after an assist from Vargas (42’). FCA headed into halftime with a 4-0 lead, with Niederlechner having had a hand in all four goals.
Augsburg made wholesale changes to start the second half, making 11 substitutions. It took just two minutes for FCA to score, after Hahn stormed down the right wing and playing in a cross to Finnbogason, who easily made it 5-0 (47’). Three minutes later, Gregoritsch was able to add his name to the scoresheet (50’), following his return from his loan spell at Schalke. Heimstetten refused to give up, but with the exception of a few set pieces and long range shots, failed to pose any real threat. Meanwhile, FCA were hungry for more goals. Finnbogason got on the end of a back-heel pass to make it 7-0 (57’). The right side proved especially effective for FCA on the day, as Noah Sarenren Bazee was able to set up Finnbogason’s third of the match. Gregoritsch then made it 9-0 in the 76th minute with a shot from inside the box. Augsburg were able to generate plenty of chances in the closing phases of the game, but were unable to add to their nine-goal haul.
Line up: Gikiewicz (46' Koubek) - Framberger (46' Hahn), Gouweleeuw (46' Oxford), Uduokhai (46' Suchý), Max (46' Iago/70' Pedersen) - Khedira (46' Civeja), Gruezo (46' Löwen) - Caligiuri (46' Sarenren Bazee), Richter '(46' Gregoritsch), Vargas (46' Jensen) - Niederlechner (46' Finnbogason)
Goals: 1-0 Niederlechner (12'), 2-0 Vargas (20'), 3-0 Caligiuri (25', pen.), 4-0 Niederlechner (42'), 5-0 Finnbogason (47'), 6-0 Gregoritsch (50'), 7-0 Finnbogason (57'), 8-0 Finnbogason (67'), 9-0 Gregortisch (76')
Full match highlights are available to watch in the newly-relaunched FCA TV.