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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)

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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 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19