Ji’s double leads Augsburg past struggling Eintracht

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Updated: April 14, 2013

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There may be 15 points and 10 places
separating Augsburg from Eintracht, but you would have never known it on
Sunday as Augsburg claimed a 2-0 home victory over Eintracht behind two goals
from Dong-Won Ji to improve its survival hopes.

The win lifts Augsburg to within three points of safety with five games to
play, while Eintracht’s poor run continues with just one win in its last nine
games to fall four points back in the race for a Champions League place.

Ji tallied his first goal after 27 minutes following a pass from Jan Moravek,
while Augsburg could have extended its lead from the penalty spot after Paul
Verhaegh was fouled inside the area by Takashi Inui.

Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker stepped forward to take the kick, but he fired it
over the net.

The home side was not punished for its wastefulness, however, as Eintracht
struggled in the offensive third and yielded another goal to Ji in the 55th
with Jan Moravek once again playing provider.

Stuttgart 2, Monchengladbach 0

Stuttgart, Germany – Monchengladbach failed to improve its European hopes on
Sunday as the club suffered a 2-0 defeat at Stuttgart to remain in seventh
place.

The two goals were scored five minutes apart in the first half by the home
side, which won for just the second time in its last seven matches to climb 12
points clear of the bottom three.

With a Pokal Cup semifinal looming on Wednesday, Stuttgart built a bit of
momentum with three points on Sunday and opened the scoring 28 minutes into
the game when Alexandru Maxim’s free kick was diverted into his own net by
Alvaro Dominguez.

Christian Gentner then took advantage of some confusion in the Monchengladbach
defense five minutes later between Tony Jantschke and goalkeeper Marc Andre
ter Stegen to lob the ball into the net from a tight angle.

There was no way back for the visitors after that, and they struggled to
seriously test Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.