Monday night’s top match in the 2. Bundesliga saw promotion prospects FC Augsburg take on Fortuna Düsseldorf. The breathtaking match included plenty of box-to-box action, and not fewer then seven goals.
Promotion prospects FC Augsburg took the lead almost immediately in the fourth minute of the game. Striker Nando Rafael took the ball into the box dribbled past two Düsseldorf defenders, but was denied by goalkeeper Michael Ratajczak. The rebound found its way to Axel Bellinghausen, who had no problem finding the empty net from 9 meters.
Fortuna turns set pieces into goals
Düsseldorf’s response came almost with a blink of an eye. First Danish under 21 international Ken Ilsø found the right top corner with a free kick from 23 meters. Five minutes later Fortuna player Maximilian Beister was fouled in the penalty area after a corner kick. The penalty was safely converted by Düsseldorf defender Jens Langeneke.
Augsburg tried in the following minutes to snatch the equalizer, but was denied by the defense of Fortuna. Furthermore , Fortuna managed to launch a number of counter attacks that could have ended with a goal.
At the half time whistle the world of the statisticians seemed out of whack. The best defense in the 2. Bundesliga had just been beaten twice, Fortuna Düsseldorf had never managed to win a game this season after trailing. And furthermore, in the three previous games between those sides the away side never came out as victors.
Augsburg’s magic six minutes
However, Augsburg managed to make all stats fanatics happy in the second half with a turn around that took just six minutes. First Nando Rafael took a Marcel Ndjeng corner kick on the volley, and found the top left corner of the goal in the 52nd minute. Then Ndjeng found Rafael’s strike partner Torsten Oehrl after a corner. Oehrl’s smashed the ball into the net from a very short distance and made it 3-2. Only six minutes after the first goal of the second half Fortuna keeper Ratajczak couldn’t hold onto a Lukas Sinkiewicz free kick, and striker Rafael made his second goal for the match. Within six minutes Augsburg had turned a 1-2, into a 4-2.
Augsburg crowned their evening in the 67 minute, when Uwe Möhrle was fouled in the penalty area. The referee saw the infringement, and the penalty was converted by Oehrl.
Bright future ahead for Augsburg
After the 5-2 goal the game finally settled down. Augsburg managed to create a couple of half chances, while Düsseldorf were concerned about damage control. Augsburg are now four points ahead of the a none-promotion spot, and are looking to continue their run away against Union Berlin. Düsseldorf are on 35 points, and are too far away from the promotion battle to pose any danger, and also far enough from the relegation battle. Norbert Meier’s team are headed towards a mid-table finish.
For Augsburg the only worrying thing about this match is the injury loan player Moritz Leitner got, when he landed on his arm. It is unclear if anything is broken, but the midfielder might have to stay away due to injury for a while.
FC Augsburg: Jentzsch – de Jong, Sankoh, Möhrle, Verhaegh – Bellinghause, Brinkmann(Sinkiewicz 57 min), Ndjeng – Leitner(Hosogai 66 min) – Rafael, Oehrl(Hain 75 min)
Fortuna Düsseldorf: Ratajczak – Schwertfeger, Lukimya, Langeneke, van den Bergh – Beister(Torghelle 68 min), Fink, Bodzek(Costa 78 min), Zoundi(Dum 78 min) – Ilsö, Bröker
Match day 25, 2. Bundesliga talking points:
* The team of American Edson Buddle have taken another important step towards avoiding relegation. Ingolstadt won their home game against cup quarter finalist Alemania Aachen 2-1 after goals by Matip and Leitl for Ingolstadt, and Benjamin Auer for Aachen. Ingolstadt are now only one point away from a spot that would save them at the end of the season.
*Hertha BSC have widened the gap to a none-promotion place to six points after Aue’s goalless draw against Union Berlin. “Die Hertha” won their game against FSV Frankfurt 3-1.
*After 12 games without a victory Arminia Bielefeld have stopped their run of poor form. Coach Ewald Lienen’s side won their away match against cup-finalist’s Duisburg 2-1. Their distance to a safe place on the table is still a whopping 11 points. German-American Duisburg keeper David Yelldell was injured after 10 minutes of play, and might miss Duisburg next match. Yelldell should be ready in plenty of time for the Pokal Cup final.
*Energie Cottbus star-striker Nils Petersen scored four goals in the East-German’s away win against Paderborn. According to German media-reports Petersen is set to leave the club for a transfer fee of 4 million euros. One of the clubs that is said to be interested in the striker are champions elect Borussia Dortmund, according to Bild.
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