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Impuls Arena (ATT 30,660) 8th March 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: G Perl

FC Augsburg FC Augsburg vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

FC Augsburg 1

R Schafer (og 36)

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Nurnberg 2

H Kiyotake (21)
A Esswein (54)

Nurnberg dent Augsburg hopes

Last Updated: 08/03/13 10:05pm

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Hiroshi Kiyotake celebrates his goal for Nurnberg

Hiroshi Kiyotake celebrates his goal for Nurnberg

Augsburg's Bundesliga survival hopes suffered a setback on Friday evening as they were beaten 2-1 at home in a Bavarian derby by Nurnberg.

Hiroshi Kiyotake put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute and, although Tobias Werner equalised before half-time, Alexander Esswein restored Nurnberg's lead soon after the break.

The result saw Nurnberg a 10-point advantage over the third-bottom hosts.

Having picked up 12 points since the turn of the year, Augsburg came into the game in confident mood, seeking to reduce the arrears on their opponents to just four points.

What they had not counted on, though, was a well-organised Nurnberg side who resisted their assaults before going in front with one of their first attacks.

Esswein was put through by Tomas Pekhart and he lifted the ball back to Kiyotake, who did not need to be asked twice and volleyed home from 15 yards.

It was a slap in the face for Augsburg, who had dominated the game until then, albeit without creating any clear-cut chances.

They then followed Nurnberg's lead by converting their first big chance of the game to level in the 36th minute.

Werner's header should have been easy pickings for Raphael Schafer, and it looked every bit like the Nurnberg goalkeeper had denied the Augsburg striker, but somehow the ball slipped out of his grasp and through his legs, into his own goal.

Nurnberg stuck to their guns and continued to wait for chances on the counter-attack.

They took the lead for the second time in the 54th minute when Esswein's low free-kick from just outside the penalty area found its way in.

Augsburg inevitably pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but Nurnberg were always a threat on the break.

Five minutes from time, substitute Tolga Danabli headed against the post, but it was not a costly miss as Nurnberg held on to take all three points and move up to 11th in the table.

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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