Bundesliga: Ginczek’s late goal saves Wolfsburg against Augsburg

Wolfsburg extended its league undefeated streak to seven games with a 2-1 victory at Augsburg in the Bundesliga, climbing to sixth place in the standings when the season restarted on Saturday.

Detention time winner Daniel Ginczek secured the points after Augsburg’s Tin Jedvaj canceled Renato Steffen’s first match at an empty Arena in Augsburg.

Augsburg played without his new head coach Heiko Herrlich on the sidelines.
Belgian Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels catches the ball during the German First Division Bundesliga soccer match FC Augsburg v VfL Wolfsburg on May 16, 2020 in Augsburg, southern Germany when the season resumed after a absence of two months due to the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Tobias Hase / POOL / AFP)

Wolfsburg extended its league undefeated streak to seven games with a 2-1 victory at Augsburg in the Bundesliga, climbing to sixth place in the standings when the season restarted on Saturday.

Detention time winner Daniel Ginczek secured the points after Augsburg’s Tin Jedvaj canceled Renato Steffen’s first match at an empty Arena in Augsburg.

Augsburg played without his new head coach Heiko Herrlich on the sidelines.

He was not allowed to attend the game after breaking the quarantine after leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.

Winger Ruben Vargas came close to giving Augsburg the lead with a low shot that almost caught goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

But his initial block slowed the ball down enough that he could get it back before it slid onto the line.

At the other extreme, the Wolfsburg players requested a penalty kick when Jedvaj’s attempted clearance inside the box hit his arm.

Wolfsburg took the lead two minutes before the break when Steffen used the rhythm of a cross to return home from 15 meters.

He gave diving goalkeeper Andreas Luthe no chance to save.

Players did not celebrate as a group as part of social distancing protocols.

But they couldn’t resist the urge to hit the Swiss with a couple of fist-punches.
The home team called from the second half of the set, when John Brooks’ header was on the wrong track.

He broke free of goalkeeper Casteels and hit the bar before bouncing off the line where Jedvaj was on hand to return home.

Felix Uduokhai thought he had given Augsburg a 2-1 lead when he headed home from another set piece.

But the referee looked at the VAR monitor on the field and ruled it out because Florian Niederlechner was offside and blocked the goalkeeper’s view.

Wolfsburg’s Admir Mehmedi had numerous opportunities to score his second.

The first of them was with a volley that came off the post, and again minutes later, when a radical movement forced Luthe to avoid a slight stabbing effort with her feet.

However, the visitors capitalized on the halting time when Kevin Mbabu’s low cross found substitute Ginczek inside the six-yard box.

His poacher’s finish on the post gave the visitors three points.

Augsburg remains in 14th place.

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