2.Bundesliga: Impressive Turnaround by FC Augsburg

FC Erzgebirge Aue wasted their chances, and were punished FC Augsburg in Monday’s 2. Bundesliga match.

Monday night’s match got off to a slow start. Augsburg controlled most of the ball, while Aue concentrated on defending well. The best chance of the first 20 minutes came when Aue midfielder Curri saw that Simon Jentzsch was a long way off his line and tried a shot from 45 meters. Needless to say, Jentzsch had no problem catching that ball.

Jentzsch, the Manuel Neuer of the 2. Bundesliga
After the 20th minute the team from Saxony turned up the pressure against the hosts and started to produce a number of excellent goal scoring opportunities. First midfielder Curri’s free kick was denied by Jentzsch at a full body stretch. Three minutes later 34 year-old veteran saved Hochscheidt’s shot from 13 meters, and handled Kempe’s shot from an even closer distance.

Aue pressed on in the minutes before half time, but didn’t manage to score. The Violas had to wait until the 51st minute to get their first goal. Right winger Schlitte took himself into the box and played a beautiful pass to his fellow midfielder Hensel, who coolly slotted the ball over the line behind an outplayed Jentzsch.

5000 liters of beer fading away

Before the start of the season the mayor of Aue promised the local citizens 5000 liters of beer if Aue got promoted to the Bundesliga. Whether or not this promise has made the crucial difference in turning Aue into a side that is a promotion threat has not been confirmed by the players, but after Aue got the lead the Violas kept battling to score the second goal of the game. It was again Simon Jentzsch that kept Augsburg in the game. The former Wolfsburg goalie made another impressive double save in the 64th minute.

Simon Jentzsch

Jentzsch put the ball quickly back into play, and Augsburg scored the equalizer with their first chance after their keeper’s heroic actions. Young phenom Moritz Leitner, on loan from Borussia Dortmund,  found Rafael with a brilliant pass, and the substitute made no mistakes and placed the ball confidently to the right of Aue keeper Männel and into the net. Seven minutes later former Gladbach player Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker got his head on the end of a free kick, and made it 2-1 for Augsburg. The team from Southern-Germany had turned the game around within 7 minutes, scoring on their two only chances of the game.

In the minutes after the goal Aue tried desperately to get back into the game, but Augsburg managed to keep out the team from Saxony. The game ended 2-1 for Augsburg, which means that Augsburg went past Bochum in the table, and on to the second place spot. Aue have fallen from fourth into fifth, but are still only 4 points away from Augsburg on the last automatic promotion spot.

Line ups:
FC Augsburg: Jentzsch – Verhaegh, Möhrle(Rafael 56 min), Sankoh, de Jong- Callsen-Bracker – Kwakman, Leitner, Werner(Bellinghausen 60 min) – Oehrl – Thurk(Brinkmann 77 min)

Erzgebirge Aue: Männel- le Beau, Lachheb, Kos, Klingbeil- Hochscheidt, Hense, Schlitte(Strauss 74 min) – Kempe, Curri(Milchraum 83 min) – Kern(Glasner 74 min)

Talking points 2. Bundesliga match day 24:

2 Goals for Stefan Leitl

* FC Ingolstadt took an important three points against direct rivals KSC in the fight against relegation. In the sides 4-1 away victory the goals were scored by Stefan Leitl (5′, 53′(pk)), Caiuby(38′), Edson Buddle(80′) for Ingolstadt, and Andrei Cristea(89′) for Karlsruhe. Ingolstadt are now within shouting distance of a spot outside the relegation zone.  Buddle’s goal was the second for the American international since joining Ingolstadt.

* Energie Cottbus are going into their Pokal Cup semi-final against MSV Duisburg Tuesday on the back of a 2-1 win against FSV Frankfurt. Youngster Nils Petersen snatched the victory for the East-German’s with a goal in the 90 minute. Duisburg only managed a scoreless draw Friday away to relegation candidates Rot Weiss Oberhausen.

* Sunday´s top match between SpVgg Greuther Fürth and VfL Bochum ended 1-1. This result takes Bochum to a preliminary second place before Monday night’s match.

* Former Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld still haven’t won yet in their spring campaign, but took a point against SC Paderborn, only their third point in 2011.  The club from West-Germany are now 13 points out of a play-off berth.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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