Augsburg survived a hectic finish to beat FSV Mainz 05 2-1 at home on Sunday for the side’s first Bundesliga win in six games, with the visitors ending the match with a striker in goal.
Andre Hahn scored twice as Augsburg climbed away from the relegation zone and drew level on 13 points with Mainz, who have just four points from their past eight league games.
“It was nerve-wracking in the end,” Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl said.
“That was due to the history of the last few weeks, when we always conceded just before the end,” he said.
Hahn should have scored in the seventh minute, but he scooped the ball over an empty net from close range.
He opened the scoring in the 27th minute when he took Daniel Baier’s long pass on his chest and slotted the ball beyond Mainz goalkeeper Heinz Mueller inside the far corner.
Mueller sustained a hip injury and was replaced by Christian Wetklo at the break.
The new Mainz goalkeeper was quickly called into action, tipping Sascha Moelders’ header over in the 47th minute and then emerging from goal to claw the ball away from Hahn’s feet in a one-on-one two minutes later.
Hahn recovered the ball, though, and curled it into the unguarded net from a difficult angle for his fourth goal of the season.
Halil Altintop hit the crossbar for Augsburg, before Mainz substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 59th minute after Sebastian Polter went down under what seemed like light contact from Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker.
Polter sought another penalty two minutes later, but was booked for diving.
Wetklo was sent off with two minutes remaining for bringing down Arkadiusz Milik outside the penalty area.
Polter had to go in goal and he saved Baier’s effort from the resultant free-kick.
“It was really dramatic,” Augsburg general manager Stefan Reuter said. “We had quite a few chances and are overjoyed to have secured the three points.”
Also on Sunday, Sergio Garcia scored late as Werder Bremen came from behind to beat Hannover 96 3-2 in the late game.
Szabolcs Huszti’s penalty gave Hannover the lead in the 20th minute, but Aaron Hunt equalized with another penalty five minutes later.
Cedrick Makiadi put the home side in front with a close-range header in the 38th minute, only for Hiroki Sakai to equalize with a stunning strike in off the underside of the crossbar three minutes later.
Garcia completed Bremen’s first come-from-behind win since November last year in the 86th minute when he prodded home the rebound after Ron-Robert Zieler blocked his initial header from Hunt’s free-kick.
“Football is quite simple. When you lose 3-2 you didn’t do your job at the back and you didn’t do enough up front,” Hannover 96 captain Lars Stindl said, following his side’s fifth defeat in five games away from home this season.