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Impuls Arena (ATT 30,000) 30th March 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Fritz

FC Augsburg FC Augsburg vs Hannover 96 Hannover

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Hannover 2

K Rausch (61, 90+1)

Damaging defeat for Augsburg

Last Updated: 30/03/13 7:15pm

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Konstantin Rausch: Scored twice in the second half

Konstantin Rausch: Scored twice in the second half

Hannover won away from home for only the third time this season thanks to a brace from Konstantin Rausch, a 2-0 win which leaves Augsburg in serious relegation danger.

Rausch struck twice in the second half of a game largely dominated by the home team, who could just not find a goal to round off their almost constant pressure.

It ended a run of 11 away games without a win for the Reds, who move back into contention for a place in Europe next season as a result, while leaving Augsburg's Bundesliga future hanging by a thread.

Augsburg started with the confidence of a team who, considering only the results of 2013, would be third in the Bundesliga standings.

Torsten Oehrl headed their first chance off target while Ron-Robert Zieler did well to keep out Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker's direct free-kick in the 32nd minute.

Soon after, Dong-won Ji's shot grazed the crossbar before Callsen-Bracker was denied again with a header which Rausch cleared off the line.

Rausch then showed his value at the other end of the pitch to put Hannover ahead against the run of play on the hour mark.

Three shots were blocked as the ball pinged around the penalty area before it landed at the feet of Rausch, who made no mistake.

Augsburg did not accept defeat without a fight, though, and Zieler had to be at his best to keep them at bay before Rausch struck again in stoppage time to end the home team's hopes.

With Augsburg committing too many men forward, a long ball from Sebastien Pocognoli sent Rausch through, and he chipped the ball over Mohamed Amsif to rubberstamp victory.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Wolfsburg 31 53
5 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25