1.FC Kaiserslutern 1-1 FC Augsburg

Posted on August 14, 2011

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ITAY SCHECHTER scored on his Kaiserslutern debut to deny FC Augsburg a hard-fought win at the Fritz-Walter Stadion this afternoon.

The Israeli striker netted 11 minutes from the end to equalise for the red devils and he cancelled out an opener from Sascha Molders, his third goal in two games.

Marco Kurz and Kaiserslutern were aiming to bounce back following last weekend’s defeat in Bremen and the hosts made just one change from that losing team. Pierre De Wit was replaced by Israeli striker Itay Schechter who joined from Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the summer transfer window.

Christian Tiffert, as always, started in midfield and last season showed what an influential player the former Stuttgart man can be for Kaiserslutern.

The visitors also made just one change from the opening weekend of the season where they came from behind on two occasions to snatch a 2-2 draw from SC Freiburg.

Axel Bellinghausen started on the left-hand side of FC Augsburg’s attack with Tobias Werner dropping to the bench. Coach Jos Luhukay made the same change at half-time against Freiburg and his side scored twice in the second 45 which will be a good omen for the Bundesliga newbies.

Kaiserslutern 1-1 Augsburg: 90 minutes

After a slow start from both sides, it was the Bavarians who burst in to life when Sascha Molders produced a moment of individual magic, punishing some very poor defending from Kaiserslutern, as he checked back on to his left-foot inside the box and fired in a fantastic finish past Kevin Trapp.

Molders has proved to be an excellent signing for just over £100,000 with two goals on the opening day of the season and he was causing all-sorts of trouble for Kaiserslutern’s weak defence and after rounding Trapp, only sharp defending from Abel prevented a second goal for the striker.

FC Augsburg were exploiting the spaces in the Kaiserslutern back-four very well and in a neat counter attack just on the half hour mark, Bellinghausen controlled well on the edge of the penalty box but fired a sweet left-foot effort inches past the right-hand post.

Kaiserslutern had an attack of their own on 34 minutes when striker Itay Schechter was played in on goal by Sahan and the Israeli’s effort was well-blocked by both keeper Simon Jentzsch and defender Uwe Möhrle.

In contrast with the first half, the second period started at a flying pace and both sides were immediately on the front-foot looking to add to the scoreline. Kaiserslutern’s Olcay Sahan should have done better when his tame header was blocked by De Jong on the post. At the opposite end, a sharp turn from Molders created a good opportunity for Marcel Ndjeng who couldn’t divert the ball goalwards with the keeper out of position.

Kaiserslutern were still chapping at the door and Sukuta-Pasu showed terrific pace to beat De Roeck but his right-foot effort was superbly blocked by Paul Verhaegh who ended up in the back of the net himself.

Both teams were looking as equally stretched in the last half hour and Ndjeng found space but opted to fire a long range effort at Kevin Trapp and the German U21 international managed to parry away from goal.

The Red Devils almost equalised with 20 minutes remaining when Rodnei rose highest from Tiffert’s corner to head at the FC Augsburg keeper when he should have done better.

Simon Jentzsch produced a terrific save soon after from Kaiserslutern substitute Kouemaha after he worked his way in to the penalty area and fired a low shot towards the bottom corner which was touched wide from the Augsburg number one.

Despite the gallant efforts of Jentzsch, Kaiserslutern hit the back of the net with 11 minutes remaining after striker Itay Schechter quickly turned inside the box and hammered the ball in to the bottom corner to score his first Bundesliga goal for the club.

In the final seconds, FC Augsburg launched an explosive counter attack and Sascha Molders was denied a second goal due to splendid goalkeeping from Trapp who had launched in to an excellent block, 40 yards from his own goal.

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