SV Darmstadt 98 2-2 FC Augsburg: Dramatic draw sees Darmstadt drop two points

A game full of fight to the finish, it was a fitting tribute to Johnny.

SV Darmstadt 98 2-2 FC Augsburg: Dramatic draw sees Darmstadt drop two points
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SV Darmstadt 98 : (4-4-1-1) Mathenia; Jungwirth, Sulu, Rajkovic, Caldirola; Heller, Gondorf, Niemeyer (Sirigu 71'), Kempe (Holland 88'); Vrancic (Gorka 81'); Wagner.
FC Augsburg: (4-2-3-1) Hitz; Feulner, Hong, Klavan (Altintop 87'), Stafylidis (Max 54'); Baier, Kohr (Ajeti 54'); Esswein, Koo, Caiuby; Finnbogason.
SCORE: 1-0, Vrancic 12'. 2-0, Wagner 40'. 2-1, Feulner 63'. 2-2, Finnbogason PEN 90'.
REFEREE: Bastian Dankert (Rostock). Booked: Heller (90+1'), Max (90+1'), Holland (90+5').

Darmstadt and Augsburg played out a 2-2 draw on Saturday, with the former feeling hard done by in the final minute.

The Lilies took a two-goal lead through Mario Vrancic and Sandro Wagner at the break, only to see Markus Feulner and Alfred Finnbogason earn a share of the spoils.

It was not without controversy, however, as the Augsburg pressure seemed to tell on more than just Darmstadt.

Darmstadt and Dirk Schuster made just one change following their 1-1 draw at Mainz last weekend, as Vrancic took the place of Konstantin Rausch.

As for Augsburg, there was plenty of defensive alterations after they through away a three-goal lead to draw three-all with Bayer Leverkusen. Feulner, Ragnar Klavan and Kostas Stafylidis were all brought into the back-line in place of Paul Verhaegh, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and Philipp Max.

Darmstadt speed into the lead

Before the game began, there was a moment of silence and applause for Darmstadt fan Johnny, who recently lost his battle against severe illness. Both fans observed this superbly, with Augsburg displaying a 'rest in peace Johnny' banner to match the Lilies' choreography. 'You must fight' was the motto of the day, and the game lived up to it.

Despite a promising early start from the visitors, where Alfred Finnbogason had two opportunities bravely blocked by Aytac Sulu. From there, Schuster's side got the start they wanted. A cross from Marcel Heller could only be cleared to Florian Jungwirth, who danced inside before striking low at Marwin Hitz. The Swiss stopper made a good save but failed to push the ball wide, and Vrancic was on had to tidy up the scraps and give his team an early lead.

Tobias Kempe was the main threat of half, however, as the winger went close with two long-range efforts before the break. The second of which required an excellent stop from Hitz. The save would be quickly forgotten about when Kempe's corner was swung in with pace towards Sandro Wagner, who bulleted a header into the top corner to send Darmstadt into half-time with a two goal lead.

Wagner's header had put Darmstadt comfortably ahead. | Image source: kicker - Getty Images
Wagner's header had put Darmstadt comfortably ahead. | Image source: kicker - Getty Images

Augsburg draw level in controversial circumstances

Whatever Markus Weinzierl said at the break clearly had an effect on Augsburg. They immediately looked more dangerous after the restart and Caiuby tested Christian Mathenia's handling with a skidding shot from range; that was a sign of things to come. After Dominik Kohr had a shot from range blocked, the ball fell to Markus Feulner and he rifled the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards out. A stunning effort that capitalised on their pressure.

After that, Darmstadt went into their shell and Augsburg continued to come forward. Caiuby hit the post with a header before Finnbogason's mazy run resulted in a stunning strike that Mathenia managed to tip over the bar. The controversy then followed, as the Brazilian had a header wrongly ruled out after Klavan had apparently committed a foul in the box.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but that seemed to be the logic applied in the final minute as a long-ball forward saw Caiuby hit the floor and Bastian Dankert point to the spot. Finnbogason stepped up and scored, in what was a controversial end to an important battle at the bottom that sees both teams remain on 27 points.