Augsburg come from two down to win seven-goal thriller at Heidenheim

Augsburg came from two goals down to win 5-2 at promoted Heidenheim on Sunday, celebrating new manager Jess Thorup’s first match in charge of the struggling Bundesliga side. Thorup took over as coach during the international break after Enrico Maassen was sacked with Augsburg having just one win from seven games this season.

Heidenheim, in their first season in the top division, ran out to an early 2-0 lead, Tim Kleindienst and Jan-Niklas Beste scoring inside two first-half minutes. Augsburg’s Phillip Tietz pulled one back before it was the visitors turn for a two-goal flurry, Mads Pedersen and Ermedin Demirovic scoring in the shadows of halftime to take a 3-2 lead to the break.

The visitors did not let up in the second half, Felix Uduokhai chesting in a cross after 64 minutes.

Elvis Rexhbecaj added a late penalty after Tim Siersleben handled in the box, Augsburg’s fifth unanswered goal in a row taking the visitors to a comfortable win. The victory means Augsburg leapfrog Heidenheim into 10th spot after eight games this season.

Earlier on Sunday, Cologne captain Florian Kainz scored two penalties to help his side secure their first Bundesliga win of the season, defeating 10-man Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 in the Rhine derby.

Kainz scored spot-kicks in each half, having been allowed a repeat chance after missing the second when Gladbach goalkeeper Moritz Nicolas advanced off his line. Germany forward Luca Waldschmidt, who won the second penalty, added Cologne’s third in injury time to seal a victory which dragged the hosts out of the bottom two.

“We’re definitely relieved to have got the first three points,” Kainz told DAZN. Of course we’re being questioned, but what matters is that we’re staying calm internally.”n Kainz was called to the spot nine minutes into the derby clash after Manu Kone handballed on the edge of the box.

Switzerland defender Nico Elvedi headed Gladbach level from Franck Honourat’s corner midway through the second half but Kone was sent off with 18 minutes remaining.

The French midfielder initially saw yellow after a studs-up challenge on Dejan Ljubicic but referee Deniz Aytekin upgraded the card to red after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Nicolas’ fist connected with Waldschmidt’s head while he was try to clear a cross with 15 minutes to play.

Kainz, who has never missed a penalty in the Bundesliga, tried a Panenka which was saved, but was given another chance, which he took, after Nicolas crept off his line. Waldschmidt drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net in second-half injury time to wrap up the three points.

Source: Supersport

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