There was little to choose between the two sides during the opening half an hour and, though Augsburg enjoyed the greater share of possession, neither side was making much headway in the final third. However, the hosts were the first to click into gear and went close to an opener twice in quick succession as Oliver Sorg’s long-range effort drew a strong save out of Marwin Hitz, before Tobias Werner was forced to clear Nicolas Höfler’s goal-bound header off the line.
Schmidt proves Freiburg’s saving grace
Augsburg had the final say of the half though when Raul Bobadilla cut in from the right to sting the palms of Roman Bürki. The Argentinian was at it again after the restart as the visitors came out of the changing rooms with all guns blazing. This time coming off the left flank, Bobadilla still couldn’t get the better of Bürki, who also had to be alert minutes later to prevent half-time substitute Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg putting Augsburg ahead.
Freiburg’s dominance had dissipated approaching the hour mark, but they should still have broken the deadlock when Admir Mehmedi somehow headed over from inside the six-yard box. The Swiss striker’s error was atoned for, though, when Jonathan Schmid fired through a crowded area to put an end to the hosts’ run of 405 minutes without a goal, before Nils Petersen came off the bench to put the game to rest courtesy of a powerful finish at the end of a well-worked counter attack.
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