Set-piece expertise helps Hamburg beat Augsburg

Bundesliga ever-presents Hamburger SV ended their season on a high by coming from a goal down to beat FC Augsburg 3-1 at the WWK ARENA.

FC Augsburg 1-3 Hamburger SV

Goals: 1-0 Finnbogason (11’), 1-1 Gregoritsch (36’), 1-2 Müller (62’), 1-3 Gregoritsch (74’)

The game was just 11 minutes old when a mistake by Bundesliga debutant Tom Mickel gifted Augsburg the opening goal. The Hamburg goalkeeper completely missed his punch as he went up to clear a ball with captain Johan Djourou, allowing Alfred Finnbogason the easy task of heading into the unguarded net. Mikel redeemed himself somewhat with two fine saves from Caiuby and Halil Altintop, before Hamburg got a deserved equaliser courtesy of Michael Gregoritsch’s beautifully struck free kick.

Mickel was at it again after the restart with a fine diving save to thwart Philipp Max on the volley. Altintop fired over as Augsburg turned the screw, only for another Hamburg set-piece to bring both respite and the Red Shorts’ second goal of the afternoon. Nicolai Müller got it, HSV’s leading marksman heading home Gregoritsch’s pin-point corner kick in the 62nd minute. Gregoritsch helped himself to his second of the afternoon following a corner as Hamburg ended the campaign in tenth, three points ahead of Augsburg.

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