Greuther Fürth’s relegation had been sealed a few weeks ago but the Clover Leaves headed to Bavaria with an opportunity to bring FC Augsburg down with them.
In the relegation playoff at the start of the day, FC Augsburg had only spent 1 week of the season outside the bottom three and that was back in September. They had been 9 points adrift of safety over the winter break.
The visitors had the perfect opportunity to take the lead on 5 minutes when Ragnar Klavan tripped Felix Klaus inside the penalty area. The defender fortunate for not receiving a red card as the last man. Edgar Prib smashed the ball home but was made to retake the penalty after defenders encroached. His second attempt was comfortably saved by Alex Manninger.
Augsburg took the lead they needed on 30 minutes when Tobias Werner’s inswinging free kick from the right wing evaded everybody and bounded into the far corner. The home side happy to take a goal of any sorts down at the bottom of the table.
The home side had some breathing space 10 minutes into the second half when Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker headed home Werner’s corner to make it 2-0.
The lead did not last for long as Florian Trinks fired home a low effort for his first goal of the season.
Perhaps already aware of the scoreline in Hannover, Augsburg fans were free to let their emotions be heard 15 minutes from time when a solo effort from Dong-Won Ji 15 minutes from time restored the 2-goal advantage. The South Korean striker has been a key player during the second half of the season during this relegation fight, on loan from English Premier League side Sunderland.