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Nuremberg ends Augsburg's unbeaten run to escape Bundesliga drop zone, Wolfsburg goes 5th
BERLIN - Nuremberg eked out a 1-0 win at Augsburg to climb out of the Bundesliga's relegation zone on Sunday, and Wolfsburg won 2-1 at Hertha Berlin to go fifth.
Swiss striker Josip Drmic's headed goal in the 64th minute was enough for Nuremberg to end Augsburg's eight-game run without a defeat.
"Nuremberg made life very difficult for us and played very effectively," said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl, whose team slipped to ninth. "A point would have been fair, however."
Nuremberg had more ball possession in the first half though Augsburg looked more likely to score.
The visitors took the lead when Adam Hlousek crossed for Drmic to claim his 11th goal of the season.
Augsburg pressed for an equalizer but was foiled by wayward shooting, breakdowns in combination play and stubborn defending. Nuremberg goalkeeper Raphael Schaefer produced a flying save to deny Erik Thommy from a free kick in the 89th.
Nuremberg climbed to 14th in the 18-team league with its third win from four games since the winter break, to the relief of coach Gertjan Verbeek.
"We mustn't forget to play football," the Dutchman said. "We fought like never before and that's why we got the three points. If we continue like this I believe we'll avoid relegation. We only depend on ourselves."
Daniel Caligiuri's 78th-minute strike propelled Wolfsburg above Borussia Moenchengladbach in the table.
"It was a perfect week for us," Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking said.
His side fell behind when Per Ciljan Skjelbred opened the scoring in the 21st. The Norwegian controlled the rebound after his initial effort was blocked and tucked it inside the right post.
Fourteen minutes later, Adrian Ramos should have made it 2-0 when he intercepted a wayward pass from Slobodan Medojevic, only for the Hertha striker's attempted lob sailed just over.
Robin Knoche equalized with a header from a corner in the 58th and the home side was made to rue missed chances when Caligiuri cut inside a defender and let fly from 18 metres (yards) inside the top corner.
Hertha could have overtaken Wolfsburg but instead slips to eighth.
"It was decisive that we didn't have the determination for the second goal today," Hertha coach Jos Luhukay said. "To be honest, we're vulnerable from set-pieces against the top sides. But I can't blame the team."
Bayern Munich extended its lead to 16 points on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win over Freiburg. Second-place Bayer Leverkusen slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Schalke.
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