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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 12 30
2 Wolfsburg 12 23
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 12 20
4 Bayer Leverkusen 12 20
5 Hannover 96 12 19
6 Schalke 12 17
7 Hoffenheim 12 17
8 Mainz 12 16
9 SC Paderborn 07 12 16
10 FC Augsburg 11 15
11 Cologne 12 15
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 15
13 Hertha Berlin 12 14
14 SC Freiburg 12 12
15 Borussia Dortmund 12 11
16 Werder Bremen 11 10
17 Hamburg 11 9
18 Stuttgart 11 9