FC Augsburg – 1. FC Köln: FCA before relegation despite defeat

FC Augsburg collected clear 1: 4 against 1. FC Köln. But because the direct competitors in the relegation battle do not win, FCA will probably also play in the first division next season.

The cheers did not want to break out in the Augsburg Arena after the final whistle. Of FC Augsburg missed the early relegation in Football Bundesliga. Theoretically, VfB Stuttgart can still overtake Augsburg at the final table, but Stuttgart still meet him FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Köln. augsburg one point would have been enough for the final league residence, but the team of coach Markus Weinzierl lost clearly and earned against 1. FC Köln with 1: 4 (0: 2). FCA is six points ahead of the relegation series before the final matches against RB Leipzig and Greuther Fürth.

Weinzierl remained true to his line and set up his starting eleven according to the performance principle. Therefore, he trusted the eleven who had last convinced against Bochum. Carlos Gruezo started again in midfield, even though Arne Maier could play. Opponent Cologne saved themselves last season through relegation, under coach Steffen Baumgart Effzeh dreaming of participating in the Europa Cup. The people of Cologne went to work with similar commitment right from the start. But also the Augsburgers, who were independent of the results of other teams with their own success. A shot from Ruben Vargas was blocked at the last second (2 ‘), Michael Gregoritsch’s header lacked power and precision (6’).

The Cologne team acted much more purposefully in the first minutes. With a double shot within three minutes, the guests created disillusionment among FCA fans while the numerous Cologne supporters sang about the Europa Cup. Before 0: 1 the visitors countered and combined to in front of the Augsburg goal, Jan Uwe Thielmann finally got the ball in his pocket (12th). The Augsburgers had not yet shaken themselves when the ball was in the net to 0: 2. After a throw-in, Thielmann headed in to Mark Uth, who hit the technically demanding goal from inside the post (15 ‘). It was only thanks to Anthony Modeste’s negligence that the next goal a little later should not be regretted (21st). Modeste also missed a great chance (26 ‘).

Iago was injured in the match against Cologne.

Photo: Peter Schatz

The eyes of the Augsburgers are focused on what is happening in Bielefeld and Stuttgart

Cologne had long ago taken control, while Augsburg was looking for solutions to get out of the state of shock. They captured the ball and switched matches to counter the overweight from Cologne. Michael Gregoritsch relieved the pressure when he put the ball right in front of the keeper (30 ‘). Iago came even closer to an FCA goal when he shot the ball into the side netting after a cross from André Hahn (35 ‘). At least the FCA made the showdown more open, but the two goals scored had an effect. Because Wolfsburg led against Stuttgart and Bielefeld and Berlin were goalless, the FCA held the league at the break.

FC Augsburg’s defense was weak in the 4-1 defeat against 1. FC Köln.

Photo: Jan Huebner / Eduard Martin, dpa

Coach Weinzierl, however, could not be satisfied, and his own defeat should not ruin the joy of staying up in the league. But the game remained a difficult task for the FCA. In addition, the injury came from Iago, who suffered a serious injury to his left knee after an unfortunate collision with teammate Reece Oxford. Felix Uduokhai came in for the Brazilian at left back. The Cologne team continued to act confidently, the agile Thielmann prepared almost three goals (58th). With the replacements of Florian Niederlechner and Arne Maier, Weinzierl wanted to give his team a new boost – instead, Cologne finally decided the match. Modeste was first judged by Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and then converted the penalty kick himself to 3-0 (62 ‘).

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Most recently, what happened in Bielefeld and Stuttgart required the full attention of the Augsburg annex. Even you would not make the relegation perfect. Because Stuttgart still got equalized against Wolfsburg, the club can theoretically still overtake Augsburg. Stuttgart had to score six points and five goals in goal difference. Niederlechner’s goal to make it 1: 3 (73rd) revived the ranks in a short time, but Cologne stifled the hope of scoring through Modeste and his second goal to 4: 1 (77th) a few minutes later.

FC Augsburg Gikiewicz – Gumny, Gouweleeuw, Oxford, Iago (Uduokhai 49) – Gruezo (Maier 61), Dorsch – Caligiuri (Finnbogason 78), Vargas – Hahn (Niederlechner 61), Gregoritsch

Porte 0: 1 Thielmann (12th), 0: 2 Uth (15th), 0: 3 Modeste (62. / FE), 1: 3 Niederlechner (73rd), 1: 4 Modeste (77th) judging Schroeder (Hannover) Seere 29511

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