With the first away win since mid september, nurnberg got out of the danger zone for the time being. In front of 30,660 spectators in the sold-out arena, tobias werner met raphael schafer (36) with the friendly support of "club" goalkeeper.) for the augsburger, who as table-16. We are still six points away from the shore of salvation. The swabians celebrated their last soccer victory against the FCN more than 36 years ago.
"Nurnberg made it damn hard for us. We weren’t forceful enough, so we’re left empty-handed. But there are still plenty of games to go," said augsburg’s werner, referring to the situation at the bottom of the table. The franconians, now 10 points ahead of the FCA, were highly satisfied with the result. "After the 1:1 we were about to give the game away, but in the second half we fought our way back," said coach michael wiesinger and spoke of a deserved victory.
In what was billed as the final match of the relegation battle, the recently highly praised augsburg team lacked determination in attack. Markus weinzierl’s team was unable to compensate for the absence of suspended midfielder daniel baier with andreas ottl nearly as well as the club was able to compensate for the absence of timo gebhart. The franks initially showed the better play, made a lot of steam via the eagles kiyotake and esswein and were able to rely on a stable cover. FCA was caught off guard in the early stages of the game by the aggressive franconians, who immediately had a number of good chances. After a quickly executed free kick by kiyotake, the free-standing markus feulner shot just past the FCA home (3.), a little later tomas pekhart (6.) with the head a sharp input of the lively esswein.
While augsburg acted surprisingly cautious, the guests struck with their third chance ice-cold. After a solo on the left side esswein proved with his backpass to kiyotake a lot of overview. The japanese player circled the ball from the edge of the penalty area into the top left corner of the goal and was delighted to score his fourth goal of the season.
On the other side, "club" keeper schafer was initially only saved by a shot from korean ja-cheol koo (25.) scored. But then the francophone goalkeeper made a serious mistake when he dropped a sharp but poorly placed header from werner and, to the horror of his team-mates, bent his lower leg over his own goal line. "If you make a mistake and the team still wins, you can live with it," schafer commented on his lapse at the end with a smile.
In the second half, the hosts tried to increase the tempo, but against the stable nurnberg defense, there was simply no way through, except for dong-won ji’s shot at the goal net. On the other side, esswein crowned his best performance this season with the winning goal for the FCN. The U-21 international chased down a free kick after a foul on kiyotake and fired it into the net past the wall with brute force. Berkay dabanli’s header against the post (84).) was even a higher success for the guests possible.