Augsburg edge closer to safety with Wolfsburg win

VfL Wolfsburg's hopes of securing European football again next season were dealt another blow on Saturday after losing 2-0 at home to FC Augsburg.

VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 FC Augsburg

Goals: 0-1 Finnbogason (1'), 0-2 Altintop (57')

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Having taken just two points from the last 15 available prior to Matchday 31, Wolfsburg were the most off-form team in the league coming into this game and the visitors took full advantage inside the opening minute. Alfred Finnbogason collected Halil Altintop's pass, raced into the penalty area and slotted home his fifth goal in his last six outings. The Wolves eventually regained their composure and dominated, but aside from a Max Kruse volley that rattled the crossbar they struggled to create any decent chances before the break.

The match followed a similar pattern after the interval, with Augsburg finding the net with their first effort of the half. Finnbogason unleashed a vicious shot from the edge of the area that Diego Benaglio did well to save, but the rebound fell kindly to Altintop, who was left with a simple tap-in. The hosts were energetic in the closing stages as they looked to salvage something from the game, but they lacked creativity in the final third and fell to a 12th league defeat of the season.

- © imago / Jan Huebner
- © imago / Jan Huebner