FC Augsburg won at Hamburger SV for the third season running in the Bundesliga, prevailing 1-0 at the Volksparkstadion.
Goals: Moravek 76’
The visitors came into the game on the back of four consecutive away wins in all competitions, but it was Hamburg who dominated much of the opening half, wasting four good opportunities in the opening half-hour alone. The most presentable of them was passed up by Ivo Ilicevic, who shot straight at Marwin Hitz after a great pass from the excellent Lewis Holtby.
Thereafter, however, Augsburg found their way into the game and they were desperately unlucky not to take the lead before the break, with Markus Feulner’s half-volley striking the post and rolling across the goalline to safety and Dong-Won Ji glancing a header against the bar.
The game became increasingly stretched soon after the break, and it was Augsburg that stepped it up a level to take a deserved lead on 76 minutes. HSV keeper Rene Adler had already denied Feulner with a superb save, but he could do nothing as substitute Jan Moravek nodded in the rebound after Raul Bobadilla’s powerful strike, with Augsburg seeing out the game with a solid rearguard effort.
Man of the match
Moravek will grab the headlines after scoring minutes after coming on, but it was the industry of Alexander Esswein that made the goal. The former 1. FC Nürnberg man was a tireless worker all afternoon and deserved to finish on the winning side.
Augsburg had won just two and lost eight of their first fourteen league matches, but their fans will head into the winter break full of festive cheer after three consecutive league victories and five straight wins on the road in all competitions.
- Moravek’s goal was his first in the league since he netted in a 1-1 draw at VfL Wolfsburg in February 2013.
- Along with Marcelo of Hannover 96, Augsburg’s Ragnar Klavan is the only defender not to have missed a single minute of Bundesliga action in 2015.
- Augsburg have won by this scoreline three seasons running away at Hamburg.
Hamburg: Adler – Sakai, Djourou (c), Spahic, Ostrzolek – Jung (Olic 81’), Holtby – Müller, Hunt (Gregoritsch 71’), Ilicevic – Lasogga (Schipplock 71’)
Augsburg: Hitz – Verhaegh, Hong, Klavan, Max – Feulner, Baier – Esswein, Ji, Caiuby (Moravek 70’) – Bobadilla (Matavz 90’)