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Nov 21, 2015 at 2.30pm UK
Attendance: 54,925
FT(HT: 0-3)
Esswein (11'), Baumgartl (18' og.), Callsen-Bracker (36'), Ja-Cheol (54')

Result: Augsburg too strong for Stuttgart

Augsburg move off the bottom of the Bundesliga by thrashing Stuttgart 4-0 at the Mercedez Benz Arena.

Augsburg have moved off the bottom of the Bundesliga by thrashing fellow strugglers Stuttgart 4-0 at the Mercedez Benz Arena.

A comfortable win for the visitors made it eight goals conceded in two games for Stuttgart, who now sit just a point ahead of Augsburg in 16th spot.

It took Augsburg less than 11 minutes to break the deadlock as Raul Bobadilla delivered an inch-perfect through ball into the path of Alexander Esswein, who held his nerve under pressure to slot past the onrushing Odisseas Vlachodimos.

A second goal soon arrived as a corner was cleared as far as Ragnar Klavan, whose volley was inadvertently diverted into the net by Timo Baumgartl as Stuttgart defender attempted to clear the danger.

Stuttgart struggled to break up the extended spells of pressure from Augsburg, and the game was effectively over before the break as Jan Ingwer Callsen-Bracker capitalised on poor marking to head home from Daniel Baier's corner.

The onslaught continued as Augsburg pulled further clear nine minutes into the second half when the influential Bobadilla took on two defenders and produced another fine pass to find Koo Ja-Cheol, who fired past a helpless Vlachodimos.

Stuttgart were restricted to long-range strikes for much of the afternoon, with Daniel Didavi coming closest to a consolation when his effort tested Marwin Hitz.

A miserable afternoon for the home fans was almost made even worse late on when Esswein threatened to make the scoreline even more emphatic, but Vlachodimos produced a superb stop as the Stuttgart defence avoided further embarrassment.

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