Ji Dong-won

Ji key as Augsburg survive

by Ashley Houghton

Loanee plays vital role in dramatic Bundesliga finale.

Ji Dong-Won scored in the final game of his loan spell with Augsburg as the South Korean international’s side avoided relegation with a 3-1 victory over Greuther Furth.

Ji’s goal, along with strikes from Tobias Werner and Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker, moved Augsburg out of the relegation play-off spot into safety after Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 3-0 at Hannover.

Dusseldorf, who looked set for survival after Augsburg were heavily beaten at Bayern Munich last weekend, suffered relegation instead after Hoffenheim recorded a 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund.

Augsburg had occupied either the relegation play-off spot or an automatic relegation position all season until their final-day win over Furth proved enough to ensure their survival.

The 21-year-old’s goal was his fifth in 17 games for Augsburg since joining in January.