Things couldn't be better for Jess Thorup
Tom Weller / dpa
Matchday 13 of the Bundesliga ended with a win for FC Augsburg. FCA won 2-1 (1-0) against Eintracht Frankfurt, with goals from Fredrik Jensen (35th minute) and Iago (58th). Augsburg goalkeeper Finn Dahmen made the game exciting again with an own goal (78').
For Augsburg, the victory is synonymous with a remarkable statistic for the still new coach. Jess Thorup took over the team after matchday seven, when FCA were in 15th place in the table. In the six league games under the Dane (he was without a club for over a year, previously coached FC Copenhagen, among others), Augsburg remained unbeaten and picked up twelve points. As a result, Augsburg are now far from the relegation zone and ninth. Frankfurt is in seventh place.
The game started with a promising chance for Frankfurt. With a long-range shot by Paxten Aaronson, Augsburg goalkeeper Dahmen kept an overview in the light Augsburg fog and fended off, Dina Ebimbe did not catch the ball properly in the follow-up (8th minute).
After that, an almost uneventful game developed, which only reached its next climax in the 28th minute. After a free kick from the left halffield, Frankfurt were unable to clear the ball. First, Felix Uduokhai failed in the penalty area, two more shots were blocked and finally Uduokhai hit the goal. But because of an offside position, the goal did not count.
Demirovic sets up the goals, but doesn't score himself
Then Entracht made a serious mistake when Hugo Larsson failed to control a pass in the build-up to his own penalty area. Ermedin Demirović took advantage of the scene and fed Fredrik Jensen, who scored from a few metres out to take the lead (35'). Demirović, who has been strong this season, also set up Augsburg's second goal, this time Iago flicked the ball into the far corner (58').
The result could have been even clearer when Demirović stepped up to a penalty in the 76th minute. But the 25-year-old's shot failed to beat Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. The decision was missed, almost conceding the follow-up goal in return through an own goal: A cross from Philipp Max was deflected into Dahmen's own goal (78'). In stoppage time, Frankfurt's Jessic Ngankam once again appeared completely free in front of goal, but missed. As a result, Eintracht have lost three competitive games in a row.
For the SGE, the DFB-Pokal continues on Wednesday, the away game at the Bayern conqueror from Saarbrücken awaits. Eintracht will then host Bayern in the Bundesliga. Augsburg were eliminated in the first round of the cup under Thorup's predecessor Enrico Maassen.