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Impuls Arena (ATT 28,010) 14th December 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

FC Augsburg FC Augsburg vs Eintracht Braunschweig E Braunschweig

FC Augsburg 4

P Verhaegh (pen 23)
A Hahn (30, 33)
H Altintop (75)

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E Braunschweig 1

T Oehrl (48)

Augsburg see off Braunschweig

Last Updated: 14/12/13 4:41pm

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Paul Verhaegh of Augsburg celebrates

Paul Verhaegh of Augsburg celebrates

Augsburg moved to within touching distance of the top six in the Bundesliga thanks to a 4-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig, who remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Paul Verhaegh put the Bavarians in front from the penalty spot midway through the first half and two goals in three minutes from Andre Hahn effectively sealed victory for Markus Weinzierl's men.

Tobias Oehrl pulled one back against his former club early in the second half, but Halil Altintop completed the rout to move Augsburg onto 23 points with one game still to go before reaching the midway stage of the season.

Augsburg had already played their best ever first half of a Bundesliga season, yet they were clearly keen on adding to their haul of 20 points against bottom-placed Braunschweig.

It took them 23 minutes to break the deadlock when Norman Theuerkauf fouled Tobias Werner inside the penalty area, and Verhaegh converted from the spot.

The Bavarians were celebrating again just seven minutes later when Matthias Ostrzolek's cross took a deflection to take it over the luckless Theuerkauf and find Hahn, who turned the ball in from six yards out.

Hahn was celebrating yet again three minutes later after scoring the goal which effectively ended Braunschweig's hopes.

Werner set him up, although he still had a lot of work to do on the edge of the area as he dribbled his way past Marcel Correia before picking his spot in the bottom right-hand corner of Daniel Davari's goal.

Former Augsburg midfielder Oehrl reduced the arrears early in the second half, signalling Braunschweig's second-half intentions with a shot from outside the area which nestled in the top left-hand corner of Marwin Hitz's goal.

Dreams of a recovery did not last long, though, as Altintop restored the home side's three-goal advantage in the 76th minute, lobbing Davari in style to put the cherry on top of Augsburg's performance and seal them a win which puts them in the hunt for a top six finish.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25