Summary

  • Finnbogason signed a permanent deal with Augsburg before kick-off, and celebrated with the opening goal.
  • Gregoritsch ends the season as the only player to have scored three free-kicks.
  • Hamburg conclude the campaign three points better off than Augsburg in mid-table.

Bundesliga ever-presents Hamburger SV ended their season on a high by coming from a goal down to beat FC Augsburg 3-1 at the WWK ARENA.

FC Augsburg 1-3 Hamburger SV

Goals: 1-0 Finnbogason (11’), 1-1 Gregoritsch (36’), 1-2 Müller (62’), 1-3 Gregoritsch (74’)

The game was just 11 minutes old when a mistake by Bundesliga debutant Tom Mickel gifted Augsburg the opening goal. The Hamburg goalkeeper completely missed his punch as he went up to clear a ball with captain Johan Djourou, allowing Alfred Finnbogason the easy task of heading into the unguarded net. Mikel redeemed himself somewhat with two fine saves from Caiuby and Halil Altintop, before Hamburg got a deserved equaliser courtesy of Michael Gregoritsch’s beautifully struck free kick.

Mickel was at it again after the restart with a fine diving save to thwart Philipp Max on the volley. Altintop fired over as Augsburg turned the screw, only for another Hamburg set-piece to bring both respite and the Red Shorts’ second goal of the afternoon. Nicolai Müller got it, HSV’s leading marksman heading home Gregoritsch’s pin-point corner kick in the 62nd minute. Gregoritsch helped himself to his second of the afternoon following a corner as Hamburg ended the campaign in tenth, three points ahead of Augsburg.

Michael Gregoritsch (not pictured) curled in this beautiful free-kick to pull Hamburg level in Augsburg.

Man of the match

Involved in all three Hamburg goals, Gregoritsch was by far the most influential player on the pitch and ends his debut season in HSV colours as the only Bundesliga player to score three direct free kicks.

Talking point

Finnbogason once again proved his nose for goal with his seventh Bundesliga strike in 14 appearances since joining Augsburg on loan from Real Sociedad de Futbol during the winter break. It goes without saying Augsburg fans will be delighted that the Icelandic striker has now made his move permanent.

Match stats

  • Müller equalled his personal best haul of nine goals for a single season.
  • Gregoritsch registered his first Bundesliga brace.

Coach Bruno Labbadia's side ended up in tenth following a much calmer season finale than in the previous two years, when they only survived via the relegation play-offs.

Line-ups

Augsburg: Hitz (Manninger 87’) - Opare, Hong, Janker, Max - Baier (c), Kohr (Ji 76’)- Moravek (Bobadilla 63’), Altintop, Caiuby - Finnbogasson

Coach: Markus Weinzierl

Hamburg: Mickel - G. Sakai, Djourou (c), Cleber (Diekmeier 86’), Ostrzolek - Holtby, Kacar - N. Müller, Gregoritsch, Bahoui (Schipplock 79’) - Lasogga (Altintas 64’)

Coach: Bruno Labbadia