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Augsburg beats Wolfsburg to boost Bundesliga survival hopes

Augsburg boosted its chances of Bundesliga survival by beating Wolfsburg 3-0 on Sunday.

Goals from Iago, Florian Niederlechner and Mads Pedersen were enough to lift Augsburg three points above Arminia Bielefeld and Hertha Berlin in the relegation zone and two points above Stuttgart having played a game less than its rivals.

Augsburg hosts Mainz in their coronavirus-postponed game on Wednesday, after which all teams will have six games left to play.

Augsburg's Mads Pedersen celebrates after scoring during a German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Augsburg and VfL Wolfsburg in Augsburg, Germany, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Matthias Balkdpa via AP)

Wolfsburg was without coach Florian Kohfeldt due to his coronavirus infection. Kohfeldt was fired from his former club Werder Bremen after losing in Augsburg last season.

Assistant coach Vincent Heilmann replaced Kohfeldt on Sunday but saw his Wolfsburg team concede in the first minute when Brazilian defender Iago took the ball past Maximilian Arnold with his first touch and swept it inside the far post with his next.

Niederlechner, who hadn’t scored for Augsburg since October, made it 2-0 in the 63rd when he volleyed in from close range after a corner.

Augsburg's Mads Pedersen celebrates after scoring during a German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Augsburg and VfL Wolfsburg in Augsburg, Germany, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Matthias Balkdpa via AP)

Niederlechner set up Danish defender Pedersen to seal the win in the 69th.

Borussia Mönchengladbach hosted Mainz later.

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Lukas Nmecha of VfL Wolfsburg, left, and Niklas Dorsch of Augsburg in a duel for the ball during a German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Augsburg and VfL Wolfsburg in Augsburg, Germany, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Matthias Balkdpa via AP)