Augsburg overcome Ingolstadt with late double, final nail in the coffin for Kauczinski

Augsburg scored two very late goals to beat the struggling Ingolstadt 2-0. This game also signalled the end of Kauczinski’s very short time in charge of Ingolstadt as he was sacked post-match.

Augsburg started strongly in the first half with team definitely on top. Both Ji and Stafylidis forced excellent saves from Martin Hansen who was starting for the first time in the Bundesliga this season. Kohr hit the bar after taking a quick pop at goal from the left-hand side of the box. Augsburg were definitely the better side going into the break, Ingolstadt were struggled to hold on.

Augsburg remained the better side right up to their first goal 85 minutes in. This came directly from a free-kick. Substitute Raul Bobadilla’s set piece went straight over the wall and down the middle of both Hansen the goalkeeper and man on the line Matip, a pin-point free-kick from the Paraguayan to put Augsburg ahead.

Just before stoppage time Ingolstadt made life even more difficult for themselves when Tobias Levels got himself a straight red card. The German full-back earned the red card when he kicked Halil Altintop off the ball while his own team attacked. A foolish move and despite his protests, there were no options but to go for an early bath.

Augsburg scored a second in the 90th minute. Ingolstadt failed to clear the ball and were dispossessed. Ji and Bobadilla played a quick one-two before Bobadilla sent in a cross from the left by-line. Unluckily for Ingolstadt, this cross deflected off Bregerie and span into the path of Altintop who when faced with task of slotting home, he delivered by firing home into the left-hand side of the net, a woeful cocktail of bad luck and bad defending putting Ingolstadt another goal down.

Augsburg rescued the win thanks to Bobadilla and Altintop being substituted onto the pitch. But to be fair, they had played well earlier but lacked a finishing touch. Ingolstadt played poorly throughout and presented a weak performance in front of their home crowd in the Audi Sportpark. They looked aimless and hopeless across the entire duration of the match with next to no attacking intent.

Yet there were more occurrences after the full-time whistle as Markus Kauczinski was sacked from his post as Ingolstadt manager after his side failed to win a game in 10 matches and could only salvage two draws from 10. Fired after 10 games, the former Karlsruher manager’s first ever stint in the Bundesliga has been an extremely short one. He becomes the fourth managerial casualty this season.

Augsburg are placed 13th in the league with 11 points while Ingolstadt are 17th and in the relegation zone with 2 points.

Feature Image Credit: Markus Unger



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