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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)


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 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