FCA fall to narrow 3-2 defeat in Gladbach
FC Augsburg return empty-handed from Mönchengladbach, after a 3-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon. After an entertaining and exciting game, the visitors ultimately fell to a narrow defeat.
After last weekend's 2-0 win against 1. FC Union Berlin, head coach Markus Weinzierl was forced to make one change to the XI. Jan Morávek replaced Arne Maier, who had tested positive for Covid-19 this week.
FCA began bravely, but the first chance of the match belonged to Borussia. Jonas Hofmann missed from close range (5'), while former Foal André Hahn wasn't able to get enough power on a header down the other end (12'). A minute later, Florian Neuhaus missed the target (13'), before Hahn sent another header wide (18').
As the game progressed, Borussia were able to move closer and closer to the FCA goal. Breel Embolo was blocked by Rafał Gikiewicz (25'), but the ball then landed in the back of the Augsburg net minutes later. Alassane Plea crossed from the left side and found Kouadio Koné, as he opened the scoring with a header (30'). Borussia were able to control the flow of the game from that point on, forcing FCA into giving up possession and limiting their chances before the break.
Borussia stunned FCA early on in the second half, as Ramy Bensebaini cut the ball back to Hofmann, who was able to get a shot off and double the visitor's advantage - just 28 seconds into the second half (46'). Not long after, FCA were able to get on the scoresheet through Iago, as he got on the end of a cross from Hahn (55').
FCA looked to create more chances for themselves, but had to suffer another set-back again. Neuhaus chipped the ball into the box, where Bensebaini was able to head in a third for Gladbach (67'). In the closing stages, Gikiewicz was able to prevent both Plea and Neuhaus from adding to the score (89'). FCA were able to get one back late on, as Iago played through substitute Alfred Finnbogason who netted our second (90'+3).
In the end, despite a brave performance on the day, FCA fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat. Their next game will be at home against SC Freiburg on Saturday, 19th February (15:30 CET).