FC Augsburg breathe a sigh of relief in the relegation battle. A goal after just 49 seconds clears the way. VfL Wolfsburg around interim coach Vincent Heilmann must still tremble.
After the “big point” in the relegation battle, Markus Weinzierl raised his arms, young substitute Vincent Heilmann applauded his players contritely. After a flash goal FC Augsburg Concerns over relegation to VfL Wolfsburg grew again.
Weinzierl’s side celebrated a ‘big point’ in the Bundesliga relegation battle in a 3-0 (1-0) win over Lower Saxony for the second-youngest interim manager in history of the Bundesliga.
VfL conceded without the with the Coronavirus The infected boss Florian Kohfeldt already his third consecutive defeat. “Overall, it’s disappointing,” summed up managing director Jörg Schmadtke. “You have to show a lot more presence in the relegation battle.”
Augsburg are now two points behind Wolfsburg and can even overtake the “Wolves” in Wednesday’s catch-up game against FSV Mainz 05. The long-awaited comings and goings of the class are getting closer. “It was a deserved win,” Weinzierl said. “But it’s still tight and it will probably be exciting until the end.”
Iago scores after just 49 seconds
After just 49 seconds, Iago, who celebrated his goal with a baby cheer, gave the Fuggerstadt team the lead in front of 23,143 spectators. Florian Niederlechner (63rd) after video proof and Mads Pedersen (69th) made the deserved home win perfect. “I knew I had shot myself in the head,” Niederlechner said with a laugh and spoke of a “perfect afternoon.”
Former coach Mark van Bommel didn’t leave much at Wolfsburg – but his assistant Heilmann was allowed to stay. And since head coach Kohfeldt has not yet been able to test himself freely after a corona infection, the young Dutchman was only 25 years and 38 days old as a manager on the sidelines. Only Bernd Stöber was younger in the Bundesliga at 1. FC Saarbrücken at the age of 24 in the 1976/77 season.
“He enjoys the utmost trust and esteem from us,” sporting director Marcel Schäfer said of Heilmann on the DAZN streaming service before kick-off.
Ultra groups back at the stadium
It was a racy start. For the first time since the start of the corona pandemic, ultra groups returned to the stadium in an organized fashion when the arenas were fully occupied. And Augsburg fans immediately burned Bengalos. The fireworks could still be felt when Iago put the home side ahead with a one-two with Pedersen from the left with his weaker right foot.
The Brazilian slipped the ball under the front of his shirt as he celebrated his baby and sent greetings home while sucking his thumb. It was the perfect remedy for manager Stefan Reuter, who arrived at the stadium on crutches after hip surgery.
Wolfburg on the ball – without success
Augsburg, which had changed five positions, was lively. It took a while for Wolfsburg to recover from the impact. Lukas Nmecha (23) dropped Reece Oxford and Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, only goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz was the last stop.
However, many errors then crept in from both sides and the Wolfsburg team gained nothing from the increase in possession. VfL goalkeeper Pavao Pervan saved from seven meters against American striker Ricardo Pepi (45+2). But Daniel Caligiuri (56th) missed the big opportunity to bring the score to 2-0, which unleashed a template from the dangerous Iago in the stands.
But then Niederlechner, who had not played the ball after a corner kick on goal, and Pedersen clarified everything for the more aggressive Augsburg.
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