With a historically blameable appearance, VfB Stuttgart has reached a new low in the relegation battle and has lost the last chance of losing the class. The team of increasingly faltering coach Markus Weinzierl cashed on Saturday at the now practically rescued FC Augsburg 0: 6 (0: 3), the second-highest defeat of the club's history. In the table of the Bundesliga, the situation for the VfB on the relegation rank ever more precarious: The Indisponierten Swabia can be overtaken in the season finale even from 1. FC Nuremberg and descend directly.
While Stuttgart coach Weinzierl pursued parts of the game collapsed in his coach chair, the Augsburg were able to cheer early and celebrate the highest Bundesliga victory in club history at the end. With now ten points ahead of Stuttgart, the league is almost impossible to take in only four games.
Rani Khedira (11th minute) and André Hahn (18th) opened the scoring, with two double-packs screwed Philipp Max (29./58.) And Marco Richter (53./68.) The result in the record high. In front of 30 660 spectators in the sold-out Augsburg Arena, the Stuttgart had wanted to get new courage. But things got even worse and VfB conceded for the fourth time in its Bundesliga history – and for the first time in more than 33 years – a 0: 6.
After a quick attack, Schmid Khedira found a cross and the midfielder hit volley in the style of a scorer. Right-back Schmid then corner-kicked the ball from Hahn, who hit a hook in the box and hit the corner flat.
Augsburg initially left the guests happy to build the game, then quickly switch and strike. "Wake up!" Chanted the fellow VfB supporters after 25 minutes – in vain. Shortly thereafter Stuttgart let itself be duped again. This time, Max completed a template by Richter. Everyone can go, everyone can go, "the frustrated guest fans roared to their players.
Weinzierl had switched after the 0: 1 against Leverkusen and, among other things, offensive veteran Mario Gomez brought back to the starting eleven, after his spit attack suspended midfielder Santiago Ascacibar was replaced by Emiliano Insua. About the left side, however, the Augsburger marched almost effortlessly forward.
The hosts had gone into the game with staffing problems. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel did not get fit after a slight concussion, and missing the offensive regular Ja-Cheol Koo and Alfred Finnbogason. While the Koreans stopped flu, the striker from Iceland got on Thursday to operate on the calf and will miss the rest of the season, as the FCA announced before kick-off.
The failures did not matter. Augsburg showed fierce impeccable performance, won the important duels and came up with the Schmidt tactics – unfussy and fast counterfeit football – to the finish. Richter scored the fourth goal.
After the Stuttgart fans welcomed their team on the pitch with a loud whistle-concert for the second half, most of them left the arena after less than an hour of play time. After all, they then spared the further goals conceded.