FC Ingolstadt 04’s two-game winning run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat at home to SC Freiburg.
FC Ingolstadt 04 1-2 Sport-Club Freiburg
Goals: 0-1 Niederlechner (35’), 0-2 Niederlechner (41’), 1-2 Suttner (53’)
Die Schanzer, who had beaten RB Leipzig and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in their previous two league encounters, fell behind when Marcel Tisserand brought down Vincenzo Grifo inside the penalty area, allowing Florian Niederlechner to convert from the spot. The 1. FSV Mainz 05 loanee doubled his tally for the evening six minutes later, latching on to Janik Harberer’s flick-on before coolly sliding past Martin Hansen in the Ingolstadt goal.
A sumptuous Marcel Suttner free-kick reduced the arrears eight minutes into the second half, before Almog Cohen was denied by a superb one-handed save by Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow in stoppage time. It was not to be for the hosts, though, who end the calendar year in the automatic relegation places. Freiburg, meanwhile, climb above Leverkusen and Mainz into eighth.
Man of the match
Niederlechner’s clinical finishing proved the difference between the two sides as Freiburg recorded only their second away victory of the season at the Audi Sportpark.
Freiburg end the calendar year in the top half of the table – a tremendous achievement from Christian Streich’s team. The Black Forest outfit have proved a tough nut to crack at the Schwarzwald-Stadion this term, but Wednesday’s victory proves they have what it takes to pick up points on the road in the Bundesliga.
- Niederlechner scored with his first ever penalty to open the scoring at the Audi Sportpark.
- This was also the first time the 26-year-old has scored in consecutive league matches, having netted against FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 15.
- Suttner’s two league goals this season have both come from free-kicks. The 29-year-old previously scored from a set-piece situation against SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 13.
Ingolstadt: Hansen – Matip (c), Roger (Lezcano 46′), Tisserand – Hadergjonaj, Morales (Christiansen 36′), Cohen, Suttner – Groß, Hinterseer (Kittel 73′), Leckie
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Freiburg: Schwolow – Stenzel, Gulde, Söyüncü, Günter – Haberer (Petersen 54′), Höfler, Frantz (c), Grifo – Philipp (Bulut 66′), Niederlechner (Guede 78′)
Coach: Christian Streich