Sandro Wagner and Peter Niemeyer's early goals maintained Darmstadt's quite incredible form against a sorry Augsburg side.
Blistering start sees Wagner and Niemeyer score early on
The sides came into the game in contrasting form and that was immediately obvious in their confidence levels. Unsurprisingly, given the fortunes of the teams, it was Darmstadt that took the lead early on. A corner from Konstantin Rausch was directed the back post and Sandro Wagner, and the Lilies' star striker rose highest to power past Marwin Hitz and opening the scoring in front of the away support.
Augsburg attempted to issue an immediate response and came close twice within a promising spell. Alexander Esswein's stunning strike from range was well-saved by Christian Mathenia, and the resulting corner was headed strongly towards goal but just over from Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker.
That was as good as it got for the hosts, who were to concede a second midway through the half. Hitz made a remarkable save from Wagner's initial header before Luca Caldirola had a shot blocked on the line by Daniel Baier. The ball rebounded out kindly to Peter Niemeyer, who thrashed home from a few yards out and almost burst the net in doing so.
Darmstadt continue to control the match
The hosts didn't respond nearly as well this time, and Darmstadt's confidence was only growing. They kept trying to feed Wagner and play him in behind the defence, though Hitz was quick to tidy up any danger. At half-time, the home fans were understandably annoyed.
Raul Bobadilla and Ja-Cheol Koo both came on at half-time, in a bid to try and spark a revival in an attacking sense. It was an effort from the former that almost brought them back into the match and his 25-yard drive slipped just off target.
That proved to be a real false dawn for both sides, in what was a real struggle to create a meaningful chance in the early stages of the second half. In fact, the game began rather bitty and there were more bookings than clear-cut chances. That was the way the game ended, with Darmstadt comfortable and deserved winners.