FC Augsburg recorded just a third away win of the season after coming from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 2-1.
VfL Wolfsburg 1-2 FC Augsburg
Goals: 1-0 Gomez (4'), 1-1 Altintop (25'), 1-2 Kohr (69')
Buoyed by three consecutive Bundesliga wins coming into this match, Wolfsburg started strongly and took the lead after just four minutes when Mario Gomez pounced from close range to finish off a Yunus Malli free-kick. However, Augsburg gradually clawed their way back into the game and equalised through Halil Altintop following a defensive mix-up.
Wolfsburg again enjoyed the better start when the second period got underway, but wayward finishing by Malli and Paul-Georges Ntep meant the Wolves' best chances went begging. Augsburg made them pay as the final whistle approached, with Dominik Kohr darting in to finish at the near post following a well-worked team move down the right. Wolfsburg tried to find another late goal, but the visitors held firm to secure three vital points and pull further away from the relegation zone.
Man of the match
Not only did Altintop's crucial equaliser dent Wolfsburg's rhythm as they were looking to strengthen their grip on the game, the veteran attacker was tireless throughout the game, covering more ground than anyone else on the pitch (12.29 kilometres).
The winter break evidently did Augsburg a lot of good – not least providing time for their injured players to recover. Raul Bobadilla is a case in point, with his running and physical presence giving the visitors a greater threat up front. His return will be a welcome sight heading into the second half of the season.
- Gomez scored in a third successive Bundesliga match for the first time since March 2012.Wolfsburg won 55 per cent of all challenges.Augsburg covered 117.60 kilometres collectively, compared to Wolfsburg's 114.66 km.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio (c) – Seguin, Bruma, Rodriguez, Gerhardt – Guilavogui (Arnold 80'), Gustavo – Vieirinha (Mayoral 72'), Malli (Blaszczykowski 72'), Ntep – Gomez
Coach: Valerien Ismael
Augsburg: Hitz (c) – Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max – Moravek (Kohr 40') – Bobadilla (Kacar 80'), Koo, Altintop, Usami (Teigl 62') - Ji
Coach: Manuel Baum