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Freiburg ease past Augsburg in Bundesliga

Xinhua
27 Sep 2021, 11:30 GMT+10

BERLIN, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Freiburg returned to winning ways after cruising 3-0 past Augsburg by courtesy on the goals from Lukas Kubler, Lucas Holer and Vincenzo Grifo at the closing of the sixth round in Bundesliga on Sunday.

Hosts Freiburg started highly motivated in their last game in the Dreisamstadium as Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz had to defuse Nicolas Hofler's header on target following a corner kick with just two minutes played.

Four minutes later, Freiburg opened the scoring after Christian Gunter's solo run and effort forced Gikiewicz to palm the ball away, allowing Kubler to tap home the subsequent rebound from very close.

The "Breisgauer" continued on the front foot and created more chances but neither Holer nor Grifo was able to extend the advantage with 20 minutes gone.

Freiburg's efforts eventually got rewarded with 25 minutes played when Maximilian Eggestein's through ball found Holer, who made no mistake and chipped the ball over onrushing Gikiewicz to make it two.

The hosts stuck to their guns and remained a menace on every attack as Raphael Framberger hand the ball following a tackle inside the box in the 32nd minute. Grifo stepped up and drilled the ball into the roof of the net, giving Freiburg a 3-0 advantage.

Augsburg showed a sign of life in the closing stages of the first half when Florian Niederlechner tested Freiburg custodian Mark Flekken from a tight angle.

After the restart, the hosts started where they picked up whereas Augsburg lacked in ideas to produce dangerous moments in front of Freiburg's goal area.

Freiburg had a promising chance to make it four at the hour mark, but Gunter's follow-up shot from very close range got blocked by Mads Pedersen on the goal line.

The visitors simply couldn't do damage to Freiburg's bulwark and had to settle for their third defeat in six games.

With the third win of the season, Freiburg jump onto the fifth position meanwhile Augsburg slip to the 15th spot in the table.

"We played very well. We were patient and scored the goals at the right moments. It was a really controlled victory and performance," Freiburg's head coach Christian Streich said.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Bochum shared the spoils with Stuttgart after goalless ninety minutes.

"I am very happy with the first half as we dominated and prevented Stuttgart from creating chances. In the second half Stuttgart had more of the game. We have to live with the goalless draw," Bochum head coach Thomas Reis said.

Bochum sit on the penultimate spot of the Bundesliga standings whereas Stuttgart move on to the 13th spot.

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