Ingolstadt boosted their survival hopes with a rousing win over fellow strugglers Augsburg at the WWK ARENA.
Augsburg 2-3 Ingolstadt
Goals: 0-1 (Kittel 24'), 0-2 (Cohen 35'), 0-3 (Cohen 67'), 1-3 (Verhaegh 76'), 2-3 (Altintop 81')
Martin Hinteregger stung Martin Hansen’s palms with a shot from long-range in the opening minute, but thereafter Augsburg could not make an impression on Ingolstadt’s defence, who soaked up the pressure before their attacking players took centre stage. Kevin Danso and Marwin Hitz both went to claim a cross, only for Danso’s header to fall to Sonny Kittel, who volleyed the ball into an empty net for the opener. Die Schanzer took a two-goal lead into the break thanks to Almog Cohen, who squeezed into the Augsburg backline to nod in Pascal Groß’s free-kick.
Man of the match
Cohen was industrious and ghosted into areas left open by the home defence to grab two precious goals.
Both clubs have changed their coaches since they first met on Matchday 10, but despite the fact that his side are still in the automatic relegation places, Maik Walpurgis now has a better outlook than Manuel Baum. Ingolstadt will be confident when they host last-placed Darmstadt on Sunday, while Augsburg face a testing trip to Europe-chasing Hertha Berlin earlier on the same day.
- Augsburg have won only one of their last eight Bundesliga matches – taking just five points from a possible 24.Ingolstadt have never lost in the Bundesliga after leading at half time - 14 games, W8 D6.16 of Ingolstadt’s 28 goals this season have come from set pieces.
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh (c), Hinteregger, Danso, Stafylidis (Max 72') - Baier, Kacar (Dong-won Ji 66'), Moravek - Koo, Finnbogason, Bobadilla
Coach: Manuel Baum
Ingolstadt: Hansen - Bregerie, Tisserand, Matip (c) - Suttner, Roger, Cohen, Hadergjonaj - Groß (Leckie 88'), Lezcano (Hinterseer 76'), Kittel (Morales 84')
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Watch: hear what goalscorer Almog Cohen made of Ingolstadt's dramatic win: