Augsburg - In their final home game of the season before the winter break, FC Augsburg gave their fans an early Chritsmas present, scoring more than three goals for the first time in a Bundesliga encounter, as they collected a convincing 4-1 win over Eintracht Braunschweig.
The in-form hosts, who had kept three consecutive clean sheets in the Bundesliga prior to Matchday 16, took the lead halfway through the first period when Tobias Werner was brought down by Normann Theuerkauf in the penalty area. Skipper Paul Verhaegh made no mistake from the spot, firing the resulting penalty into the top right-hand corner of Daniel Davari’s goal.
Andre Hahn then took advantage of some hesitant Braunschweig defending to beat Davari, doubling Augsburg’s lead before things got even worse for the struggling visitors when, just four minutes later, Werner set up Hahn to double his personal tally for the afternoon, handing the hosts a deserved 3-0 lead going into half-time.
Altintop seals victory
Braunschweig hadn’t created much in the opening period, but Torsten Lieberknecht’s side managed to pull a goal back just two minutes after the restart. Orhan Ademi laid the ball off to Torsten Oehrl, who fired a sweetly-struck volley into the roof of the Augsburg net. Theuerkauf almost pulled another goal back for the visitors moments later, but the left-back’s powerful effort flew inches over the crossbar.
As a result, Halil Altintop was able to put the result beyond doubt with 15 minutes remaining. The former FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder made his way into the penalty area, before lifting an exquisite lob over the onrushing Davari for his fifth league goal of the campaign. The result leaves Eintracht Braunschweig rooted to the foot of the table, while Augsburg climb into seventh on the back of scoring four goals for the first-time ever in the Bundesliga.
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