Dhe SC Freiburg, who are playing in the Europa League this season, got off to a great start in the Bundesliga thanks to a strong second half and outstanding newcomers. The Breisgauer won 4-0 (0-0) at FC Augsburg on Saturday and thus advanced into the top 20 of the all-time Bundesliga table. Ironically, former Augsburger Michael Gregoritsch, who had been dismissed before the game, initiated the victory in front of 26,310 spectators with a header (46th minute). Vincenzo Grifo with a directly converted free kick (48th) and the newcomers Matthias Ginter (61st) and Ritsu Doan (78th) followed up.
Right at the start of the new season, the Freiburgers continued their strong performance from the previous season. The Augsburg spirit of optimism under the new coach Enrico Maassen, however, has been slowed down for the time being.
In an initial phase with few chances, Augsburg had more game shares. Augsburg tried to implement Maassen’s requirement to play braver and more attacking football. However, the hosts only rarely made it through the Freiburg defence, in which national player Ginter ensured order. Daniel Caligiuri’s shots from the turn (5th) and from the edge of the penalty area (11th) remained Augsburg’s best scoring chances.
The longer the game lasted, the more Freiburg controlled the game – and Augsburg increasingly ran behind. The shot by SC captain Christian Günter (33rd) only hit the post. The conclusion of Maximilian Eggestein at the end of the overall lame first half rushed just past the far post.
“There were few highlights,” summed up the injured Augsburg offensive player Ruben Vargas on the Sky microphone during the break. The Swiss demanded more risk and more goal threat from his team. But the FCA experienced 45 minutes to forget. After the restart, it only took 15 seconds before Gregoritsch, of all people, headed into the far corner and silenced the fans of his former club. The Freiburg goal mood was now awakened. Less than two minutes later, a direct free kick from Grifo landed in the net again.
Suddenly only the SC from Freiburg played. After a corner, Roland Sallai put the ball into the bottom left corner from behind. In Freiburg’s jubilation, however, the referee decided offside after video evidence. The referee then had to count the goals from homecomer Ginter, who had switched to his training club from Mönchengladbach before the season, and from Doan.