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AOL-Arena 16th March 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Welz

Hamburg Hamburg vs FC Augsburg FC Augsburg

Hamburg 0

M Beister (S/O 80)

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FC Augsburg 1

J Callsen-Bracker (8)

Augsburg boost survival hopes

Last Updated: 16/03/13 8:17pm

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Callsen Bracker (r) scored the decisive goal in Hamburg

Callsen Bracker (r) scored the decisive goal in Hamburg

Augsburg boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 victory in Hamburg which reduced the gap to 15th-placed Stuttgart to just five points and dented the home team's hopes of playing in Europe next season.

Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute, while Hamburg's woes were compounded by a red card shown to Maximilian Beister late on.

The home side had chances to level and even to win the game, but lacked incision in front of goal, while Augsburg goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif played his part in what could prove to be a crucial win for the Bavarians.

Augsburg recently won in northern Germany, beating Hamburg's local rivals Werder Bremen 1-0, and they got off to a fine start on Saturday afternoon.

Callsen-Bracker scored his first goal in just over a year, powerfully heading in Tobias Werner's free-kick in the eighth minute to silence the HSV-Arena.

Hamburg responded well to the early setback and had chances to level, with Milan Badelj wasting the first when he failed to beat Amsif when one-on-one with the keeper in the 23rd minute.

Five minutes later, Artjoms Rudnevs was just inches away from making contact with Marcell Jansen's low cross with the goal at his mercy.

Rudnevs and Son Heung-min were both then denied by an increasingly busy Amsif, who saw Rudnevs miss the target with a header just before the interval.

Son saw a goal disallowed for a tight offside decision on the hour mark as Hamburg continued to attack in the second half.

But Amsif continued to thwart the northern Germany side, whose frustration grew by the minute and culminated in substitute Beister receiving his marching orders in the 80th minute for a dangerous tackle on Daniel Baier.

Even with 10 men, Hamburg had the better chances, but Son wasted their last one as Augsburg held on to three precious points.

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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