Frankfurt - FC Augsburg picked up their first points of the season with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Augsburg probe, Frankfurt respond
Raul Bobadilla was the match-winner with a goal early in the second half, earning Markus Weinzierl's men all three points to lift them off the foot of the table and condemn Frankfurt to their first defeat of the season, and their first ever at home to Augsburg.
With Sascha Mölders and Raul Bobadilla starting in attack with Halil Altintop in behind, coach Markus Weinzierl adopted the attack-minded approach which saw die Fuggerstädter go within a whisker of claiming an astonishing draw at home to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 3.
They took the game to their hosts too with Mölders inspirational in the opening 20 minutes, but the first big chance came at the other end when Takashi Inui's shot was turned behind for a corner. Frankfurt were then claiming a penalty when Vaclav Kadlec went down after having his shirt pulled, but play was waved on.
Bobadilla breaks deadlock
Stung by that decision, Kadlec tried with a long-range shot and a neat backheel from Haris Seferovic's cross as the Eagles started to take flight. Augsburg clawed their way back into the game, though, with Raul Bobadilla denied by Kevin Trapp before scoring, albeit from an offside position. The Argentinian had another shot tipped over before Ragnar Klavan's header was pushed over in the last action of the first half.
Quick out of the blocks again in the second half, Augsburg had Tobias Werner denied first by Trapp and then, on the rebound, by Constant Djakpa on the goal line. Frankfurt failed to clear their lines convincingly, though, and the ball was soon back inside the penalty area where Bobadilla this time needed no second invitation to sweep a shot in off the inside of the far post.
Gamble with Meier
There were a few whistles of disapproval among the home fans when Altintop carved a way into the penalty area and Werner scooped the ball off his toes, just inches wide of the far post. Frankfurt coach Thomas Schaaf's response was to send Alexander Meier on, immediately lifting the fans' spirits and hopes.
Nothing tangible came out of the move, however, and the game even became more stretched, enabling Augsburg to find room for chances to seal victory, including Tobias Werner's sublime chip which smacked against the left-hand post. Seferovic saw an effort blocked late on, but Augsburg held firm to claim their first points of the campaign.
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