Freiburg tops fellow struggler Augsburg

Freiburg tops fellow struggler Augsburg

Published Jan. 21, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Christian Streich celebrated a winning start to life as coach of Freiburg as his side moved off the foot of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Augsburg.

With all eyes on Freiburg's new attack following the sale of Papiss Demba Cisse to Newcastle, it was a previously unknown defender who scored the winning goal

Eighteen-year-old debutant Matthias Ginter scored the only goal of the game in the 88th minute as Streich's gamble on one of the youngsters he was coaching in the youth team before Christmas paid off.

Streich, who replaced Marcus Sorg during the winter break, made four changes to the team which ended 2011, immediately stamping his authority on the team with Fallou Diagne and Michael Lumb both making their debuts.


Simon Jentzsch was back in the Augsburg goal, and he was in for a busy afternoon too.

Oliver Sorg was the first to test the Augsburg custodian in the 36th minute while Johannes Flum's shot just before the interval was easy pickings for the former 1860 Munich and Wolfsburg goalkeeper.

Jentzsch's next big save came in the 76th minute when he denied substitute Stefan Reisinger, but he could do nothing to prevent Ginter from opening the scoring in the 88th minute.

The tall, young defender met Lumb's free-kick unchallenged inside the penalty area to head in a goal which was worth three points and which enabled Freiburg to change places with their opponents at the foot of the table.