Alfred Finnbogason waited patiently in the tunnel of the WWK ARENA after FC Augsburg's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
His opening goal was not enough for his side against in-form BVB, but there was some small consolation for the Iceland international in swapping shirts with visiting skipper Mats Hummels afterwards.
Finnbogason would of course like to take points as well as keepsakes away from games for the remainder of the season, with Augsburg's safety not yet assured, but his goals have been a silver lining amid Die Fuggerstädter's recent struggles.
The 27-year-old has scored three times in seven games since his winter arrival from Olympiacos FC, but FCA nevertheless remain narrowly above the relegation play-off place currently occupied by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim by virtue of goal difference.
"It's disappointing to have no points to show for our efforts," said Finnbogason after the Matchday 27 defeat. "Dortmund ultimately had more than us."
Weinzerl full of praise
Finnbogason can at least content himself with the fact that it was Hummels of whom he got the better before opening the scoring after 16 minutes on Sunday, racing clear of the FIFA World Cup winner to tap home Caiuby's cutback from close range.
"We scored after a super attack, and we can repeat that," said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl. "A striker thrives on goals, a team lives on strikers scoring goals and we've been scoring in our last few games."
In Matchday 26's relegation six-pointer with SV Darmstadt 98, Augsburg appeared to be heading for a 2-1 defeat, before earning a late penalty. With regular taker and captain Paul Verhaegh absent with flu, Finnbogason stepped up and nervelessly dispatched the spot-kick to earn a 2-2 draw.
"He's proven that he has strong nerves and saved us a point in Darmstadt," said Weinzierl. "To score a penalty in such circumstances is not a given. You need a certain coolness to do that. Finnbogason fits very well with the team because he is a good guy and has a good mentality. That's why it hasn't taken long for him to integrate."
"The team has welcomed me incredibly well," said Finnbogason. "That doesn't always happen."
Indeed, the Icelander's career path up to now has not always been so smooth. The striker burst onto the European stage in 2012 when he joined SC Heerenveen. Finnbogason scored 59 goals in 70 games in two years with the Dutch Eredivisie club, attracting Weinzerl’s interest in the process. The Augsburg boss even went as far as visiting him in Reykjavik, Finnbogason's hometown.
Weinzierl's pursuit was thwarted, however, and instead the burly striker moved to Spain, joining Real Sociedad de Futbol in 2014. His time in San Sebastian was marred by injury and he spent the first half of this season on loan at Olympiacos, though he failed to settle in Greece. Now at Augsburg, Finnbogason is initially on loan until the end of the current campaign, though there is an option to make his transfer from Sociedad permanent.
Augsburg's chances of securing the striker's services in the longer term certainly appear promising. "I've always been a Bundesliga fan," he said. Good recent displays have also strengthened his position in the Iceland national team, for whom he has scored seven goals in 30 international appearances. Iceland will prepare for UEFA EURO 2016 in France with friendlies against Denmark and Greece in the upcoming international break.
For now, though, Finnbogason's attention is on Bundesliga survival. With a goal or an assist in each of his last five games games, he has already proved a hit with Die Fuggerstädter fans, and with seven games still to play, Finnbogason is planning to continue his success and inspire his side to safety.
"Now is the time to approach these games with a lot passion and commitment to points," he said. After all, for Finnbogason, it is not just about shirt-swapping.