FC Augsburg 2 Birmingham City 0
Birmingham City are still searching for the first win – and goal – of their Austria pre-season tour.
Goals in either half by Augsburg gave the German second division side a deserved victory here at Westendorf.
This was their fifth friendly and it showed as they were in the main sharper and more cohesive than Blues, who gave a debut to Scott Dann and failed to really get into a stride.
Blues, beginning in a 4-3-3 formation, were unfortunate not to have been awarded a ninth minute penalty.
Marcus Bent chased down Jonas De Roeck and then got a crack on his shins for his effort only for the referee to judge a foot up offence against him as he moved diagonally to try to set up a chance for Kevin Phillips.
The German side began to recover their composure as they continued to pass and move better than Blues.
Tobias Werner chested down the ball just inside Blues half and began to motor at the rearguard menacingly.
Roger Johnson, caught in two minds by Imre Szabics’ decoy run, was veered past by Werner who then drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.
Blues’ best chance of the opening period came right at the end when Sebastian Larsson chased down Axel Bellinghausen into the corner.
The Augsburg full-back fell over backwards, his appeals for a foul were ignored and Larsson squared the ball to Phillips who struck a first-time attempt that stayed low but drifted just wide of the far post. Blues made four substitutions at half-time, with Lee Carsley taking the armband off starter Stephen Carr.
Scott Dann got 45 minutes under his belt on his debut before being replaced by Martin Taylor.
Joe Hart’s first call to arms after his introduction at the expense of Maik Taylor came with 16 minutes left.
A clever move down the right ended with Sandor Torghelle letting rip from the angle, with Hart flying to his left to beat it out.
A minute later Augsburg ended any doubt about the outcome following a dart down the left flank by Ibrahima Traore.
Roger Johnson and Martin Taylor both hacked away as the ball got blocked in at the near post, before the melee was ended when it was laid back to Elton Da Costa to lash in.