SC Freiburg took advantage of the mistakes of the competition and reported back in the race for the European places. At the end of the 26th matchday of the Bundesliga, the team of coach Christian Streich prevailed 2-0 (0-0) against FC Augsburg.
Roland Sallai (51st) and Philipp Lienhart (81st) brought the Breisgauer back on the road to success after two defeats – and provided new momentum in the fight for the European Cup. The gap to Bayer Leverkusen in sixth place is only three points. For Augsburg, however, it was a small setback in the table cellar.
Streich had called for an increase after the recent negative trend in Freiburg. “We have internal goals and they are ambitious. But we have been missing a bit recently,” said the 55-year-old, who had to do without Nils Petersen for a short time due to an ambiguous corona test.
Before the game, there was a curiosity when choosing a shirt. While Augsburg played in green, the home team exceptionally played in yellow instead of his red jerseys because of the red-green poor eyesight of a Freiburg player. “Not that he plays a pass in the feet of the opponent,” said Streich on Sky.
With four changes compared to the defeat in Mainz (0: 1), Freiburg immediately took control. Above all, captain Christian Günter, who had extended his contract during the week, repeatedly drove on the left side. The finals after his cross through Baptiste Santamaria (6th) and Lucas Höler (10th) were too imprecise.
Augsburg: Urge phase in Freiburg remains unrewarded
It was only after 20 minutes that Augsburg slowly reported on the offensive and the prank team took the initial momentum a little. Until the break, an open game developed with few opportunities, in midfield there were some rough duels.
After the break, Freiburg continued to be more determined in the attacking game. With the opening goal Sallai benefited from the preparatory work of the strong Günter, who danced out several Augsburg defenders. Freiburg then lurked on the counterattack.
For the team of coach Heiko Herrlich, however, the deficit was apparently a wake-up call. On the other side, Marco Richter (53rd) and Rani Khedira (58th) as well as Daniel Caligiuri (66th) failed with a free kick at the well-reacting SC goalkeeper Florian Müller. In the closing stages, the guests pushed for the equalizer, but Lienhart made everything clear with his head.