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Augsburg revel in 'crazy' debut of Dortmund-bound Ji

FC Augsburg sorting director Stefan Reuter has described Ji Dong-won's second coming at the club as 'crazy'.

The South Korean striker, who left Sunderland to sign a six-month deal with die Fuggerstadter earlier this month, came off the bench to head home the equaliser in the weekend's 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund.

It was a dream second debut for Ji, who spent time with Augsburg last season, and coincidentally came against the side he is set to join at the end of the season.

"It's the sort of thing that only happens in football," said Reuter after the match.

"I said it shouldn't take him long to settle in as he had a very successful spell at FCA previously. He knows the team, the coaching staff and the club well, but to see him rescue a point at Dortmund in his first game is just crazy."

In a further twist, Reuter admitted that Ji would not have even played if it wasn't for an injury sustained by German striker Sascha Molders.

"It's very unlikely we would've been in the squad had Mölders not picked up an injury in training," added Reuter.

The draw stretched Augsburg's unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga to six matches but saw them drop to ninth on the table after Mainz beat Stuttgart to move to eighth.

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