Paderborn - SC Paderborn scored their first goals since Matchday 21 as Andre Breitenreiter’s side recorded a much-needed 2-1 win over out-of-form FC Augsburg.
Elias Kachunga broke the deadlock after 48 minutes at the Benteler-Arena, but Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg equalised just three minutes later with a smart finish. Srdjan Lakic restored the East Westphalians’ lead with an hour on the clock, and although the hosts spurned several opportunities to seal the points, they held on to record a valuable victory.
Kachunga breaks Paderborn’s duck
Augsburg started the better of the two sides and went close to taking the lead as early as the fourth minute, but Florian Hartherz recovered in time in time to clear Raul Bobadilla’s goal-bound effort off the line. The Bavarians continued to dominate, but Marvin Bakalorz very nearly put Paderborn ahead after 32 minutes when his deflected shot bounced back off the crossbar.
Kachunga went one better three minutes into the second half, heading home Michael Heinloth’s cross for his sixth of the season and Paderborn’s first goal in 598 minutes of football. Their lead lasted just four minutes, as FC Bayern München loanee Höjbjerg powered home his first ever Bundesliga goal, but Breitenreiter’s side retook the lead courtesy of a superb header from Lakic. Stefan Kutschke missed a glorious opportunity to seal the points in the dying minutes, but the hosts held on to seal a first win since February. Augsburg, meanwhile, could slip out of the European places if TSG 1899 Hoffenheim beat 1. FC Köln on Sunday.
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