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Bundesliga Wrap: Freiburg consolidate European place

Freiburg’s quest for a Europa League place stayed on track as they strolled to a 2-0 win at home to Augsburg on Sunday.

Cedric Makiadi scored the opener for the hosts as he knocked the ball into the goal after a melee in the penalty area and the box-to-box midfielder almost got a second later on.
Jonathan Schmid had a good chance to double Freiburg’s lead just before half-time, but Alex Manninger in the visitors’ goal made the save as the first-half ended 1-0.
The powerful Makiadi continued to impress in the second-half, but it was Schmid who eventually got the goal which secured the win with just under 30 minutes remaining.
Max Kruse produced a clever turn and through-ball for the 22-year-old, who found the net for the ninth time this season and in the process bagged Freiburg’s 600th Bundesliga goal.
The other match on Sunday saw Hamburg and Wolfsburg play out a 1-1 draw at the Imtech Arena, as Thorsten Fink’s men suffered a setback in their pursuit for European football.
Wolfsburg made their hosts battle for the lead, but Hamburg did eventually open the scoring as Heiko Westermann headed past Diego Benaglio from Rafael van der Vaart’s free-kick in the final moments of the first half.
The visitors’ equaliser came in the 61st minute as Makoto Hasebe used Bas Dost’s run to his advantage, sneaking in towards the far post where he pulled off a diving header to find the net.
Dost should have given Wolfsburg the win as the Dutch striker looked to get on to Hasebe’s cross, but he missed the ball when onside meaning Dieter Hecking’s side sit in 11th, while Hamburg occupy seventh.
Sun 5 May, 2013
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