Dorsch's dream goal: Augsburg, of all places, halts Cologne's successful career

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Augsburg, of all places, halts Cologne’s successful run

Significant success in the struggle to stay in the league: FC Augsburg achieved their first win away from home in the Bundesliga since 28 February. In doing so, they beat 1. FC Köln, of all places, whose home streak ends. Niklas Dorsch inspires with a dream goal.

FC Augsburg, of all places, has finished series 1. FC Köln at home. Swabians, unbeaten in 13 away games, have won 2-0 (0-0) with the only team so far this season unbeaten at home and have improved from relegation position to 14th in the Bundesliga for at least one night. Andre Hahn (72) and Niklas Dorsch (88) scored their dream goals in Augsburg’s first make-up win away from home since February 28.

“That was a very important match for us,” Han said at Dazen. “I think we played a really good game. In the end it was the happy ending for us, but we worked for it.”

Cologne, who has scored 15 points from its first seven home games under coach Stephen Baumgart, is just three points ahead of Fiat Chrysler and now has to look down rather than up as hoped. “We played a really good match, but in the end it came back again because we didn’t score in front,” Salih Ozkan said.

Both teams started bravely and at the start very aggressively – much to the delight of the crowd who applauded Marvin Schwanke early on. The FC goalkeeper saved Han’s long-range shot safely (fourth). FCA coach Markus Weinzerl had to improvise again in Cologne in light of the tense staff situation, after all, captain Jeffrey Guilio and Reese Oxford back at the center of defence.

In Cologne, captain Jonas Hector was back in the starting line-up, “by far the most important player,” said coach Baumgart. The former international arranged the match from his left side for FC, who have not lost any previous home matches this season.

A more dangerous but unsuccessful cologne

On the other hand, the FCA came with a poor away record. Michael Gregoric, who was named to the starting line-up for the first time in a year, should score goals as well. But Robin Vargas (24) had the chance to make 1-0 in the top spot, who just missed his shot. It has become the “extreme” game that Weinzierl predicted, but with many interruptions and few highlights. Vargas’ next attempt was to sponsor Kölner Tour (29th).

During this stage, the hosts struggled to create promising situations. In addition, standard conditions in Cologne remained poor. Augsburg’s under-requested defense was safe until the break, even without Felix Odokai, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Immediately after the break, the cologne increased the pressure. Anthony Modeste was in an offside position with a dangerous header saved by FCA goalkeeper Rafal Jekevich (49). Two minutes later Djekevich returned against Modesti. Baumgart cheered on the sidelines.

Weinzerl responded with a double substitution a little less than an hour later, Fredrik Jensen replaced Daniel Caliguri and Jan Moravec made room for Mads Pedersen. As a result, the FCA ramped up its offensive efforts once again. Colony’s side continued to look more dangerous, but Hahn was the home side in the penalty area and scored his second goal of the season. Shortly before the end, the long-range shot of the powerful cod from 30 meters was well suited.

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