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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 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15