Led by a Raul Bobadilla hat-trick, Augsburg thrashed AZ Alkmaar 4-1 at the SGL Arena in the Europa League on Thursday night.
- Augsburg 4 Alkmaar 1
- Bobadilla bags hat-trick
- Jansen pulls one back
- Ji nets for hosts
- Augsburg move into second
Bobadilla opened the scoring with a quality free kick in the 24th minute before adding his second nine minutes later.
Vincent Janssen managed to pull one back for the visitors in first half injury time, but Dong-Won Ji restored the host's two-goal advantage in the 66th minute.
Bobadilla completed the rout and his hat-trick in the 74th minute with a great solo effort to make it 4-1.
Despite early positive signs from AZ, Augsburg thoroughly dominated the encounter to move up to second in Group L.
Markus Henriksen should've put the visitors in front in the 11th minute but somehow wasn't able to get his close-range shot on target.
Bobadilla made him pay for his mistake 13 minutes later as he hit a beautiful free kick in off the crossbar to give a helpless Gino Coutinho no chance.
His second goal was another magnificent effort from the edge of the area into the bottom left corner after weaving his way past two defenders.
On the stroke of half time, Derrick Luckassen found Janssen in space with an accurate cross and the Dutch forward finished well to give AZ some hope at 2-1.
However, Augsburg did not sit back in the second half and Ji put the home side 3-1 up in the 66th minute with an amazing individual effort.
Bobadilla showed his class again in the 74th minute, making a mazy solo run to just inside the AZ box before ripping the ball into the bottom corner to give the home side an unassailable 4-1 advantage.