Thanks to Philipp Max, FC Augsburg remains the team of the hour in the Bundesliga, while Fortuna Dusseldorf plunges ever deeper into the crisis: The team of coach Friedhelm Funkel lost to FCA by 0: 3 (0: 1) and can even slip after the sixth winless games in a row into a direct relegation zone. For this, 1. FC Cologne had to score at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Fortuna and Sparkle are now under pressure in Sunday's home game against promoted Union Berlin. Without the much needed sense of accomplishment, a massive Christmas crisis threatens.
"It was a very concentrated performance by us. The team makes a very confident impression at the moment, it's incredible," said FCA Sport Managing Director Stefan Reuter after the final on "Sky". Fortuna striker Rouwen Hennings said: "We have once again lacked penetration. The situation is very critical."
Augsburg, on the other hand, continued its impressive run in front of 27 763 spectators and, after 16 points from six matches, can look forward to the first round at RB Leipzig on Saturday.
FCA took the lead in the 32nd minute through the outstanding Max, who had already scored twice in the last draw 4-2 at Hoffenheim. The paint came again from Florian Niederlechner, who was involved in all four goals against TSG.
Tin Jedvaj made it 2-0 after Max corner (61st) before Max struck again (72nd). Fortuna goalkeeper Zack Steffen dropped hard. Fortuna proved far too harmless in the sixth defeat away this season.
Ayhan misses the opportunity to score
Augsburg began to wait, despite the recent streak. At first, Düsseldorf had few problems shaping again and again. It was only after a quarter of an hour that the hosts increased the pressure and came to some dangerous scenes.
FCA were also lucky in this phase that Kaan Ayhan distorted a free-standing header after a free kick. This should take revenge. Almost in return, Niederlechner powerfully attacks. Fortuna keeper Zack Steffen managed to fend off his shot, which Max took advantage of quickly.
After the break, Spark increased the offensive by taking Opoku Ampomah. The FCA initially withdrew, but Fortuna came with too little.
Kownacki (58th) had the best chance before Jedvaj hit his head. For the Leverkusen loan, it was the FCA's first goal, for Augsburg the first this season after a corner. Max then put the lid on.