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MAGE SOLAR Stadion (ATT 22,000) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Grafe

Freiburg SC Freiburg vs FC Augsburg FC Augsburg

Freiburg 2

J Schmid (17)
A Mehmedi (73)

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FC Augsburg 4

T Werner (7)
P Verhaegh (78)
H Altintop (84)
A Hahn (90+4)

Augsburg comeback stuns Freiburg

Last Updated: 22/02/14 6:17pm

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Vladimir Darida challenges Ragnar Klavan

Vladimir Darida challenges Ragnar Klavan

Freiburg threw away a 2-1 lead with just over 10 minutes to go to lose 4-2 at home to Augsburg and see their relegation worries deepen.

Tobias Werner gave Augsburg the lead early on, but Jonathan Schmid and Admir Mehmedi turned things around to put Christian Streich's men on course for a much-needed win.

They failed to go the distance, though, with Paul Verhaegh, Halil Altintop and Andre Hahn all scoring inside the last 12 minutes to earn Augsburg all three points and take them to within a point of the top six.

Mehmedi lobbed the ball over the crossbar in the seventh minute as Freiburg went close early on.

Rather than celebrating taking the lead, they instead found themselves picking the ball out of their own net as Augsburg ran up the other end of the field with Altintop sending the ball over for Hahn, who headed the ball over the top for Werner to burst through and beat Oliver Baumann.

The lead lasted just 10 minutes before Schmid curled in a fine direct free-kick to level matters and give the hosts belief.

Indeed, Freiburg ended the half stronger and probably should have taken the lead before the interval with Mehmedi and Schmid both wasting good opportunities.

The heavy rain added an extra challenge for both sides in the second half with the quality of play deteriorating with chances reduced to a minimum at both ends.

Freiburg finally found a way out of the midfield monotony to take the lead in the 73rd minute with Mehmedi using the slick surface to his advantage with a low shot which flashed past Alexander Manninger, gathering pace as it skidded in.

Augsburg managed a scrappy equaliser five minutes later with a deflected cross reaching Verhaegh, who found the corner of Baumann's goal with his shot, silencing the home fans.

It was a cruel blow to the hosts, who were unable to recover from it either as Augsburg sensed their chance to turn one point into three, taking it with Altintop scoring one of the easiest goals of his career to make it 3-2 in the 84th minute.

Hahn then completed the victory in stoppage time, beating Baumann with a left-foot shot which took Augsburg to within a point of the top six and increasing their chances of playing in Europe next season.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 16 31
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 16 27
4 Bayer Leverkusen 16 27
5 Schalke 16 26
6 FC Augsburg 16 24
7 Hoffenheim 16 23
8 Hannover 96 16 23
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 22
10 Cologne 16 19
11 Mainz 17 18
12 SC Paderborn 07 16 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 16 16
15 Stuttgart 16 16
16 Borussia Dortmund 16 15
17 SC Freiburg 16 14
18 Werder Bremen 16 14