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MAGE SOLAR Stadion (ATT 24,000) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Welz

Freiburg SC Freiburg vs Eintracht Braunschweig E Braunschweig

Freiburg 2

D Vrancic (og 8)
J Schuster (48)


E Braunschweig 0

Vital win for Freiburg

Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:35pm

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Freiburg proved too good for the visitors

Freiburg proved too good for the visitors

Freiburg picked up a crucial three points in the battle for survival, winning 2-0 at home against Eintracht Braunschweig.

An own goal from Damir Vrancic and one from Julian Schuster moved Christian Streich's side out of the Bundesliga's bottom three with some room to breathe over their rivals below.

Freiburg had the upper hand from the off in this relegation six-pointer and had the ball in the net, somewhat fortuitously, after eight minutes.

Oliver Sorg's long, aimless throw-in from the right was bundled past Daniel Davari by team-mate Vrancic, who knew little about the bouncing ball.

Braunschweig had come into the match off the back of a fine run of form, including wins over Mainz and Hannover and a draw at Bayer Leverkusen, but they rarely tested Freiburg in the first 30 minutes.

An early injury to captain Dominik Kumbela summed up their afternoon and he was replaced by veteran Dennis Kruppke.

A half-chance for Havard Nielsen, last week's derby hero, was not enough to put Freiburg on the back foot for a sustained period.

After the break, Christian Streich's side doubled their advantage inside three minutes when Schuster's speculative shot from 35 yards took a wicked deflection off Emir Bickacic and beat a helpless Davari.

Kruppke then struck the post from a 25-yard free-kick on the hour mark, with home goalkeeper Oliver Baumann rooted to the spot.

Freiburg's attacking performance was being upstaged by Davari, who made a string of good saves to deny Admir Mehmedi, who also struck the crossbar with a fine effort.

The Braunschweig keeper made two more fantastic saves in the last 15 minutes - one from Jonathan Schmid's deceptive free-kick and Mehmedi's back-post header.

However, it was not enough to prevent the basement boys from going down at Freiburg, who kept their first home clean sheet of the season.

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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