VfL Wolfsburg's hopes of securing European football again next season were dealt another blow on Saturday after losing 2-0 at home to FC Augsburg.

VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 FC Augsburg

Goals: 0-1 Finnbogason (1'), 0-2 Altintop (57')

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Having taken just two points from the last 15 available prior to Matchday 31, Wolfsburg were the most off-form team in the league coming into this game and the visitors took full advantage inside the opening minute. Alfred Finnbogason collected Halil Altintop's pass, raced into the penalty area and slotted home his fifth goal in his last six outings. The Wolves eventually regained their composure and dominated, but aside from a Max Kruse volley that rattled the crossbar they struggled to create any decent chances before the break.

The match followed a similar pattern after the interval, with Augsburg finding the net with their first effort of the half. Finnbogason unleashed a vicious shot from the edge of the area that Diego Benaglio did well to save, but the rebound fell kindly to Altintop, who was left with a simple tap-in. The hosts were energetic in the closing stages as they looked to salvage something from the game, but they lacked creativity in the final third and fell to a 12th league defeat of the season.

Halil Altintop (r.) scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season.

Man of the match

Altintop's quick thinking provided the pass for Finnbogason to open the scoring, and the veteran attacker provided the knockout blow himself, calmly netting early in the second half to seal the points for Augsburg.

Talking point

Victory takes Augsburg to 36 points, five clear of SV Werder Bremen in the relegation play-off place. FCA appear to be safe for another season – and are now just three points behind Wolfsburg in the table.

Matchday stats

  • Finnbogason netted Augsburg's fastest-ever Bundesliga goal (47 seconds).
  • Altintop ended a goal drought of 1881 minutes (over 31 hours) without scoring.
  • Wolfsburg had 67 per cent of possession over the 90 minutes.

Wolfsburg are now without a win in six Bundesliga matches.

Line-ups

Wolfsburg: Benaglio (c) – Träsch, Dante, Naldo, Rodriguez – Caligiuri (Seguin 85'), Guilavogui, Gustavo (Schäfer 61'), Arnold - Dost, Kruse

Coach: Dieter Hecking

Augsburg: Hitz – Verhaegh (c) (Hong 40'), Gouweleeuw, Klavan, Max – Baier (Feulner 59') - Opare, Koo, Altintop (Ji 88'), Caiuby – Finnbogason,

Coach: Markus Weinzierl