Augsburg - FC Augsburg saved their best for last, moving out of the bottom three of the Bundesliga for the first time since Matchday 3 thanks to a 3-1 win over Greuther Furth on the final day.
Drama and emotions
The fans played their part in spurring Augsburg on, but they were soon silenced when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Felix Klaus was fouled by Ragnar Klavan inside the penalty area.
It was Fürth’s third spot kick in as many games, and Edgar Prib was the third Clover Leaf to try his luck. He found the top right-hand corner, but the referee ordered it to be retaken with players encroaching into the area. Prib stepped up again, but this time Alexander Manninger guessed right and denied him.
The fans swung from one emotion to the other, and the positive energy increased with news filtering through that Hoffenheim were behind at Dortmund. The SGL-Arena then exploded when Tobias Werner put the hosts ahead on the half-hour mark with a direct free-kick.
The game looked over when Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker headed the hosts two up, but a spirited reaction from Furth led to them pulling a goal back through Florian Trinks, spreading panic among the home ranks. Dong-Won Ji put an end to Augsburg’s fears, though, with a goal which took them up to 15th, securing Bundesliga football again next season.
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