Augsburg - SV Darmstadt continued their fine start to the campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over FC Augsburg at the WWK Arena.
FC Augsburg 0-2 SV Darmstadt 98
Goals: 0-1 Wagner (7'), 0-2 Niemeyer (29')
The visitors, who went into the Matchday 9 encounter with their unbeaten away record still intact, took the lead after just seven minutes when Sandro Wagner headed home Konstantin Rausch’s corner for his third goal of the season. Markus Weinzierl’s side responded well and twice went close to equalising through Alexander Esswein and Ragnar Klavan, but Peter Niemeyer’s close-range finish following a brief goalmouth scramble gave the Lilies a fully deserved 2-0 half-time advantage.
Weinzierl made a double change at half time, bringing on Raul Bobadilla and Ja-Cheol Koo in place of Halil Altintop and Dominik Kohr. The change did little to disrupt the visitors’ dominance, though, with Rausch driving straight into Marvin Hitz’s arms moments after the restart. Bobadilla arrowed a shot wide of the target just minutes later, before the 28-year-old prodded a gilt-edged chance past Christian Mathenia’s right-hand post mid-way through the second period. That was the closest the hosts came to finding a way back into the game, however, as Darmstadt held on for another three points.
Man of the match
You could pick any of the Darmstadt starting XI for the award, but Rausch was a pivotal figure for the visitors in Augsburg. Tireless in defence and attack, the former Stuttgart player set up Wagner’s opener and almost grabbed a deserved goal in the melee that resulted in Niemeyer’s second goal.
Having collected five points from away games against FC Schalke 04, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund, Dirk Schuster’s side continued their astonishing form on their travels with a richly deserved victory at the WWK Arena. The Lilies’ energy and industry was relentless on Matchday 9 and with trips to struggling VfB Stuttgart and fellow promoted side FC Ingolstadt to come, this fine run could continue for a while yet.
- Wagner’s 7th-minute strike was the Lilies’ earliest Bundesliga goal so far this season.Darmstadt have now scored more league goals from set-pieces than any other top flight club this season.The only other time Darmstadt won by two clear goals away from home in the Bundesliga was in 1982, when they beat MSV Duisburg 2-0.
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh, Callsen-Bracker, Klavan, Max - Baier - Esswein (Trochowski, 60'), Kohr (Koo, 46'), Altintop (Bobadilla, 46'), Werner - Caiuby
Darmstadt: Mathenia - Garcis, Sulu, Caldirola, Diaz - Heller (Sailer, 90'), Niemeyer, Gondorf, Rausch (Kempe, 87') - Rosenthal - Wagner (Stroh-Engel, 80')