Caligiuri and Gregoritsch on the scoresheet
FC Augsburg ended the 2021/22 Bundesliga season with a 2-1 win at home against SpVgg Greuther Fürth. FCA took the lead within the opening quarter of an hour, before Fürth were able to equalise. Michael Gregoritsch then netted a late winner.
Head coach Markus Weinzierl made four changes to the starting line-up following last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to RB Leipzig. Iago (recovered from heavy bruising sustained against Köln), Robert Gumny, Arne Maier and Florian Niederlechner all returned to the XI, in place of Felix Uduokhai, Lasse Günther, Carlos Gruezo and Michael Gregoritsch (all on the bench).
FCA started well in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the WWK-Arena. Niederlechner hit the side-netting early on (5’), before the hosts were able to win a penalty with their high press. Tobias Raschl took down André Hahn inside the penalty box, as referee Tobias Reichel pointed to the spot. Daniel Caligiuri stepped up and converted the spot-kick (11’). FCA continued to press in search of another goal, as Caligiuri sent a free kick on target that was scooped up by goalkeeper Sascha Burchert (19’).
Greuther Fürth were then able to equalise with their very first shot on goal. The visitors were able to win the ball in midfield, as it fell to Jessic Ngankam. His shot from the edge of the area flew into the far corner to level the scores (23’). Augsburg weren’t as dominant from then on, with Reece Oxford recording the only notable chance before the break with a back-heel attempt in the 30th minute. Weinzierl was forced into a change before half time, as Niklas Dorsch was taken off on a stretcher after landing badly on his shoulder. Carlos Gruezo came on in his place (38’).
After the change of ends it was Fürth who enjoyed more of the ball, without managing to turn it into any real chances to score. The first shot in the second half fell to FCA, as Hahn slipped and sent his shot harmlessly wide (58’). The striker, together with Rafał Gikiewicz, then came up with two crucial blocks against Sebastian Griesbeck and Nick Viergever (65‘).
It took until the final 15 minutes of the match for either side to record another noteworthy chance on goal, as Paul Seguin sent a shot just wide of the target (80‘). Down the other end, FCA were then able to make full use of their chances, as Maier squared it to Gregoritsch, who tapped home the winning goal (84’).
The win took FCA onto 38 points this season, as they finished in 14th place. The 2022/23 Bundesliga season will kick off on Friday, 5th August, with the first round of the DFB-Pokal taking place the previous weekend.