Hamburg grabs Bundesliga lifeline with 3-2 win over Augsburg; rivals all drop points


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BERLIN — Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored twice as Hamburger SV boosted its chances of avoiding Bundesliga relegation with a 3-2 win over Augsburg on Saturday.

Ivica Olic scored Hamburg's first goal in seven games in the 11th minute and Lasogga headed in the second eight minutes later, only for Raul Bobadilla to pull one back for the visitors six minutes after that.

Tobias Werner equalized with a precise effort inside the left post in the 69th, but Lasogga answered two minutes later with a fierce effort to the roof of the net for Hamburg's first win in 10 games.

"I had the feeling I was getting more and more into shape the last few weeks. You have to earn your luck," Lasogga said. "We have to keep going. The relegation battle is really exciting."

Hamburg climbed off the bottom to the relegation playoff place, one point above Stuttgart — which drew 2-2 at home with Freiburg — and one below Hannover, which lost 2-1 at home to Hoffenheim.

Paderborn slipped to last place but has to play Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund moved three points behind Augsburg in the last Europa league qualification place by defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 at home and third-place Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 in the Rhine derby at Cologne.

"It's a great point because it ensures that we finish at least in fourth place," Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt said of the Champions league playoff place. Third ensures direct qualification for Europe's premier competition.

League leader Bayern Munich was hosting Hertha Berlin later, knowing a win would all but secure the title. Second-place Wolfsburg visits Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

In Dortmund, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's coolly taken penalty put the home side ahead in the 24th, and the Gabon forward turned provider eight minutes later for Shinji Kagawa to seal the result against a harmless Frankfurt side missing injured top-scorer Alexander Meier.

Leverkusen teenager Julian Brandt struck on the hour in Cologne, before substitute Bard Finne earned the home side a point with seven minutes remaining.

Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn saved Hakan Calhanoglu's penalty in the 14st, after Dominic Maroh was adjudged to have brought down Stefan Kiessling.

Michael Frontzeck's tenure at Hannover got off to a bad start when Hoffenheim's Anthony Modeste scored in the second minute. TV replays showed the French striker was offside.

Lars Stindl equalized with a penalty in the 24th, only for Sven Schipplock to score late for the visitors.

"It's a relegation battle and with one good attack Hoffenheim claimed the winner," said Frontzeck, who replaced the fired Tayfun Korkut on Monday. "I saw a good game from my team. I'm still optimistic."

Hannover is 14 games without a win.

Stuttgart started well with Daniel Ginczek scoring in the 24th, three minutes before Filip Kostic crossed for Martin Harnik to make it 2-0.

But Adam Hlousek was booked for giving away a penalty, converted by Nils Peterson in the 58th, and then earned a second yellow card in similar fashion eight minutes later.

Peterson claimed his second goal with five minutes to go for Freiburg to stay two points clear of danger.

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