Monchengladbach fails to reach top spot
Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker’s goal was enough for promoted Augsburg to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 and prevent the visitors from claiming top spot in the Bundesliga.
Callsen-Bracker scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute to lift his side off the foot of the table.
Gladbach missed out on the chance to move top of the table, for 24 hours at least, having their five-game undefeated streak snapped to remain on 30 points.
Gladbach started in fine fashion with a good chance in the third minute, but Augsburg goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif made a superb save from Raul Bobadilla’s 17-yard drive.
Augsburg missed a golden chance on the half-hour mark as Gladback goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen misplayed Tony Jantschke’s back pass, but Tobias Werner slipped and then could not beat the recovering ter Stegen
Ter Stegen was again called upon to keep his team in the match after 40 minutes, saving Werner’s 16-yard blast.
Augsburg grabbed the lead in the 51st minute on a set piece with Callsen-Bracker’s free-kick just outside the box deflecting off Bobadilla and past ter Stegen.
In the second half, the guests struggled to come up with chances though Amsif made a fine save from Mathew Leckie in the 73rd minute.
And then Amsif held onto Mike Hanke’s low shot in the 90th minute to decide the game.