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Augsburg prove too much for Greuther Fürth

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Daniel Caligiuri and Michael Gregoritsch were on target as Augsburg concluded their season with a 2-1 win over relegated Greuther Fürth.

Augsburg 2-1 Greuther Fürth
Goals: 1-0 Caligiuri (pen.) 11', 1-1 Ngankam (assist: Raschl) 24', 2-1 Gregoritsch (assist: Maier) 84'

Florian Niederlechner led the line at the expense of Gregoritsch here and nearly justified his inclusion straight away, hitting the outside side-netting with the first attack of the game. Augsburg didn't have to wait long to open the scoring, Caligiuri stepping up to stroke home a penalty that Andre Hahn had earned. Caligiuri then attempted to catch Sascha Burchert out with a direct free-kick, but the Fürth shot-stopper reacted well. The already relegated visitors struck back through Jessic Ngankam, who arrowed a low shot into Rafal Gikiewicz's far corner.

Augsburg rang the changes at the interval, with Gregoritsch and Raphael Framberger entering the fray, the former making it a front two alongside Niederlechner, but it was Fürth who tested the opposition goal next, Hahn forced to clear off the line following a penalty-box scramble. Augsburg settled from there, though, and took a deserved lead when Arne Maier slipped Gregoritsch in for his ninth of the campaign. Die Fuggerstädter then closed out the win that sees them finish the season in 14th.

Match stats

  • Caligiuri has converted 19 of his 22 Bundesliga penalties and scored his 50th top-flight goal here.
  • Having scored in last Saturday's 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund, Ngankam scored in consecutive Bundesliga games for the first time.
  • Augsburg are one of eight teams to have enjoyed an unbroken stint in the Bundesliga since 2011. Next season will be their 12th campaign in the German top flight.
  • Fürth bow out of the Bundesliga on the longest winless run of any current team (12 matches).
  • Maximilian Bauer departs Fürth for Augsburg, having made 75 appearances for Die Kleeblätter.

Teams

Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Gumny (Framberger 46'), Gouweleeuw (c), Oxford - Caligiuri, Maier (Moravek 88'), Dorsch, Iago - Hahn, Niederlechner (Finnbogason 69'), Pedersen (Gregoritsch 46')
Unused subs: Koubek, Gruezo, Pepi, Uduokhai, Günther
Out: Sarenren Bazee (knee), Strobl (knee), Vargas (muscular)
Coach: Markus Weinzierl 

Fürth: Burchert - Griesbeck, Viergever, Itter - Christiansen (Seguin 46') - Asta, Raschl (Green 73'), Tillman (Pululu 87'), Willems (Leweling 62') - Ngangam (Jung 62'), Hrgota (c)
Unused subs: Linde, Bauer, Abiama, Dudziak
Out: Kehr (knee), Meyerhöfer (ankle), Nielsen (thigh)
Coach: Stefan Leitl