Aue - FC Erzgebirge Aue joined Karlsruher SC on the 12-point mark courtesy of an ultimately one-sided 3-0 win on home turf on Friday evening.

First-half goals from Guido Kocer and Jakub Sylvestr and a 51st-minute strike from Rico Benatelli sealed the win for the Saxons and moved them within touching distance of the early promotion hopefuls ahead of the main weekend programme.

Aue, who had lost five of their previous six games after a good season start, went in front on nine minutes when Kocer sank Benatelli's defence-splitting pass. Sylvestr doubled their advantage with his fifth goal of the season just shy of the half-hour mark, converting Fabian Müller's cross with the aid of a Rene Klingbeil knock-on. The outstanding Benatelli wrapped things up minutes after the restart, curling home a great far-post finish after playing successive one-twos with Mike Könnecke and Sylvestr.

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