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Borussia-Park (ATT 49,622) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

M'gladbach Borussia Monchengladbach vs FC Augsburg FC Augsburg

M'gladbach 1

Raffael (5)


FC Augsburg 2

H Altintop (35)
T Werner (81)

Augsburg eye Euro berth

Last Updated: 08/03/14 6:20pm

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Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger celebrate Augburg's success

Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger celebrate Augburg's success

Augsburg kept up their push for a place in Europe next season with a 2-1 Bundesliga victory at Borussia Monchengladbach, who remained winless in 2014.

Halil Altintop's overhead kick brought Augsburg level after Raffael had given the Foals the lead.

And Tobias Werner then scored the winner 10 minutes from time to lift Markus Weinzierl's men above their hosts and Mainz, who play on Sunday, and into sixth place in the standings.

Gladbach, still seeking their first win of 2014, went in front only five minutes in when Raffael was allowed to close in on the penalty area without being challenged, and he took full advantage with a powerful shot into the left-hand corner.

Five minutes later, the Foals had the chance to double their lead when Filip Daems sent in a low cross from the left which was met by Max Kruse, but his shot was straight at Alexander Manninger.

A Raffael free-kick stung the palms of Manninger before the Brazilian failed to beat the Austrian in a one-on-one opportunity.

Their rivalry continued with the Augsburg goalkeeper again denying the Gladbach forward with another direct free-kick, and the hosts' failure to add a second came back to haunt them when Altintop levelled 10 minutes before the break.

Werner's cross was headed into the middle by Andre Hahn, fresh from his first call-up to the Germany squad, and the Turkish forward scored with an acrobatic effort with his back to goal.

Hahn and Werner both had chances to give Augsburg the lead in an evenly balanced second half which could have gone either way.

Patrick Herrmann wasted Gladbach's best chances before Werner added the finishing touch to Hahn's cross after a fine Augsburg counter-attack to earn the visitors all three points, taking them into the top six.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 79
2 Wolfsburg 34 69
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 FC Augsburg 34 49
6 Schalke 34 48
7 Borussia Dortmund 34 46
8 Hoffenheim 34 44
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 43
10 Werder Bremen 34 43
11 Mainz 34 40
12 Cologne 34 40
13 Hannover 96 34 37
14 Stuttgart 34 36
15 Hertha Berlin 34 35
16 Hamburg 34 35
17 SC Freiburg 34 34
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 31