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Volkswagen Arena (ATT 22,257) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Fritz

Wolfsburg Wolfsburg vs FC Augsburg FC Augsburg

Wolfsburg 1

Naldo (23)

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FC Augsburg 1

J Moravek (25)

Augsburg bolster survival hopes

Last Updated: 02/02/13 5:41pm

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Diego is hounded by Daniel Baier

Diego is hounded by Daniel Baier

Augsburg kept up their fine form in 2013 with a creditable draw at Wolfsburg, giving them further hope of retaining their Bundesliga status.

Jan Moravek earned the visitors a point with a 25th minute equaliser - two minutes after Naldo had put the Wolves ahead.

Augsburg have picked up five points from their first three matches of the new year, although Hoffenheim's victory over Freiburg saw the Bavarians slip back down to 17th in the table.

Wolfsburg got at Augsburg straight away and nearly took the lead through a Naldo free-kick.

Diego went even closer in the 21st minute, with Alex Manninger pulling off a fine save to deny him.

There was nothing the Austrian goalkeeper could do to prevent Naldo from giving Wolfsburg the lead in the 23rd minute, though, with a bullet header from Diego's corner.

The Wolves were still celebrating when Augsburg silenced the VW-Arena within minutes.

Ja-Cheol Koo set up Moravek, who left Diego Benaglio no chance from close range.

The goal inspired Augsburg into rediscovering the form they have produced in their previous two games since the turn of the year, and they showed no fear against their hosts.

Moravek and Daniel Baier both tested Benaglio, who became the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Augsburg continued to attack in the second half, with Baier pulling the strings in their midfield.

And they could have had a penalty too, but the referee deemed Koo had not been fouled in the area in the 63rd minute.

It was the last big shout of the game as the two sides then began to settle for a share of the spoils, which confirmed the progress Augsburg have made in 2013 while showing how much work Wolfsburg still have to do if they are push on for a European berth.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 22 55
2 Wolfsburg 22 47
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 37
4 Schalke 22 35
5 FC Augsburg 22 35
6 Bayer Leverkusen 22 33
7 Hoffenheim 22 30
8 Werder Bremen 22 30
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 28
10 Hannover 96 22 26
11 Mainz 22 25
12 Borussia Dortmund 22 25
13 Cologne 22 25
14 Hamburg 22 24
15 SC Paderborn 07 22 23
16 SC Freiburg 22 22
17 Hertha Berlin 22 21
18 Stuttgart 22 18