Augsburg beats Cologne for first away win in Bundesliga

Niklas Dorsch of Augsburg celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Köln and FC Augsburg at RheinEnergieStadion on December 10, 2021 in Cologne, Germany.


Niklas Dorsch scored late for struggling Augsburg in a 2-0 victory over Cologne to claim their first away win in the Bundesliga this season.

Andre Hahn grabbed the other goal as the visitors ended Cologne's status as the only team unbeaten at home in the league. Augsburg hadn't won any of their 13 previous away games.

Cologne had more of the ball in the first half, but the visitors created the better chances thanks to their speed on the break. Augsburg's Michael Gregoritsch had an early goal ruled out for offside.

The home team started with more intent after the break, when Anthony Modeste drew a good save from Rafal Gikiewicz, but further chances were squandered due to indecisive play.

Niklas Dorsch of Augsburg celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Köln and FC Augsburg at RheinEnergieStadion on December 10, 2021 in Cologne, Germany.


Hahn scored against the run of play in the 72nd minute when goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe could only palm Ruben Vargas' cross to the Augsburg forward's feet. Hahn reacted faster than any Cologne defender could, to prod the ball in.

Dorsch sealed the win in the 88th with a brilliant strike from outside the penalty area to inside the top left corner.

It lifted Augsburg out of the relegation zone to 14th in the 18-team division. Cologne remained ninth after their first defeat in five games.

"It was an important game for us. We knew it would be difficult," Hahn told streaming portal DAZN. "We played a good match and in the end deserved to win. We know we have quality and we are steadily improving."

Cologne's Salih Ozcan said: "We didn't score up front and then conceded two stupid goals."

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