Augsburg bounce back from Bayern defeat by seeing off 10-man Wolfsburg

Augsburg recovered from last weekend's defeat to Bavarian rivals Bayern Munich as they came from behind to see off 10-man Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Augsburg 2-1 Wolfsburg

Goals: 0-1 Didavi (40'), 1-1 Gregoritsch (51'), 2-1 Finnbogason (78')

Red card: Arnold (11')

Augsburg made a bright start at the WWK Arena, and looked set for a more straightforward afternoon as Wolfsburg were reduced to 10 men on just 11 minutes. Midfielder Maximilian Arnold was originally booked for pulling back a charging Alfred Finnbogason, but then given his marching orders following a Video Assist review. The hosts looked to make their extra man count, with Finnbogason and Michael Gregoritsch both going close, but it was the visitors who took a surprise lead with their first shot of the game. Daniel Didavi's rather speculative effort from distance ended up bamboozling Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz, who spilled the ball into his own net to give the Wolves an unlikely half-time lead.  

Gregoritsch missed a gilt-edge chance to equalise shortly after the interval, but made up for it a minute later as he finally got the better of Koen Casteels, firing in his sixth goal of the season. Wolfsburg responded as Divock Origi forced an excellent diving stop from Hitz, but Augsburg were then awarded a penalty as Caiuby was tripped by Casteels following a rapid counter-attack. Nothing doing: another Video Assist review showed that the Belgian keeper had got the ball and the referee reversed his decision. An Erik Thommy effort almost went in off substitute Ja-Cheol Koo before Finnbogason landed a knockout blow in the 78th minute, turning in a deserved second for Augsburg. Manuel Baum's men held on for a deserved victory as they moved five points ahead of Wolfsburg in the table.


Augsburg: Hitz – Opare, Gouweleeuw, Danso (Hinteregger 46'), Max – Khedira (Koo 23'), Gregoritsch, Baier (c) – Caiuby, Finnbogason, Thommy (Heller 88')
Unused subs: Luthe, Moravek, Ji, Framberger
Coach: Manuel Baum

Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh (Dimata 87'), Knoche, Brooks (Uduokhai 70'), Tisserand – Guilavogui, Didavi (Gerhardt 46'), Arnold – Origi, Gomez (c), Malli
Unused subs: Grün, Bazoer, Ntep, Osimhen
Coach: Martin Schmidt

Match stats

    Gregoritsch scored his sixth goal of the campaign, his best return in a Bundesliga season to date. Fittingly for Matchday 13, Augsburg scored the equaliser with their 13th shot on goal.Five of Finnbogason's six goals this term have come on home soil.Augsburg claimed their first home win since mid-September, bringing an end to Wolfsburg's eight-game unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga.Wolfsburg have scored three goals from outside the area this season, more than they managed during the whole of last term (2).With his fourth goal of the campaign, Didavi has already matched his tally from 2016/17.

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