FC Augsburg 2-3 Borussia Dortmund: Klopp’s Side Survive Late Scare

Two early goals from Reus and Sokratis as well as a tap in from new boy Adrián Ramos were just enough for Borussia Dortmund to see plucky FC Augsburg off. In a seemingly comfortable position with 10 minutes to go with the score at 3-0 to BVB, two late goals from the home side brought the game to a nervy ending in front of sold-out SGL Arena.

The away side came into this game knowing that a win was pretty much a necessity after the disappointing opening weekend loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Dortmund headman Jurgen Klopp and his side were hoping to use the fact that Augsburg have never beaten Dortmund in six previous Bundesliga outings to their advantage; FCA’s only point came from the first game of the Rückrunde last season when Ji Dong Won, who is now a BVB player, grabbed the equaliser for Augsburg to take the game to 2-2. Augsburg were also hoping for an improvement from last week’s performance against Hoffenheim where they suffered a 2-0 defeat.

Klopp clearly wasn’t happy with last week’s performance.  He was quoted as saying “When you start a match like that, it really hurts.”  Coming into this game he made three changes, swapping out Immobile, Langerak and Ginter for Großkreutz, Weidenfeller and Subotić.  Augsburg also made changes, including both Parker and Djurdjic who made their full debuts for their new side.

The away side started off very nervously, clearly keen not to repeat last week’s early goal concession, they repeatedly gave the ball away and only settled down once Reus got the first goal of the night in the 11th minute. He received the ball about 30 yards out and waited until Verhaegh approached him before laying off the ball to Großkreutz and rounding the Dutch defender. Großkreutz immediately gave him the ball back and he sped past Callsen-Bracker before slotting,showing us a glimpse of the real ‘Rolls’ Reus. Only four minutes later BvB doubled their lead to the delight of the 5,000-or-so travelling Dortmund fans. Mkhitaryan and Piszczek combined well alongside the right flank and earned a corner that was converted with a header by Sokratis.

Despite being 2-0 up Dortmund still looked vulnerable at certain stages during the game. The defence played a very high offside line that was caught out on one or two occasions in the first half, with he best chance falling to Nikola Djurdjic who was put through by Feulner and managed to put the ball past Weidenfeller but couldn’t direct his effort on target.

BvB started the second half dangerously with Reus playing the ball to Großkreutz, who was in space in the corner of the box. He tried to get the ball back onto his right foot but was tackled in the process. This was followed by a lull of about 25 minutes in the game in which both sides were limited to half chances, none of which were really noteworthy. Then in the 75th minute Aubameyang won a corner that was initially dealt with by the defence but it fell to Mkhitaryan whose shot was saved well by Hitz, but the resulting rebound was easily tapped in by Ramos for his first goal for ‘die schwarz gelben’ after coming over from Hertha Berlin this summer.

Augsburg, however, found the inner strength to rally.  Only four minutes later substitute Raul Bobadilla controlled a brilliant cross from 20 year-old defender Baba Rahman and with his second touch lifted the ball over the diving Weidenfeller. Then in the 89th minute Baba again played provider, sending in another brilliant cross that was converted by newcomer Matavz with a first time header. Augsburg were unable to grab an equaliser in the final few minutes, though, and it’s now two defeats in their first two games, although Markus Weinzierl’s men can take heart from their late charge.

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Ryan currently lives in Northern Ireland but studies Mechanical Engineering in Scotland at Robert Gordon University. His complete obsession for all divisions of German football as a whole is only beaten by his love for 1899 Hoffenheim, he could possibly be the only Hoffenheim fan in the World for whom English is a first language, certainly the only one in the UK. He tries to make it to Germany for football at least once a year.

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