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Wolfsburg defeat Augsburg 2-1 with Stop-time winner

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Wolfsburg extended their unbeaten league run to seven games with a 2-1 win at the Bundesliga's Augsburg, moving up to sixth in the standings as the season resumed Saturday in an empty Augsburg Arena.

The stop-time winner of Daniel Ginczek secured the points after Tin Jedvaj of Augsburg had canceled the first-half opener of Renato Steffen.

Without their new head coach Heiko Herrlich, Augsburg was playing on the sidelines because after quarantine break he was not allowed to attend the match by leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.

Winger Ruben Vargas nearly gave Augsburg the lead with a low shot that almost caught goalkeeper Koen Casteels, but his initial block slowed the ball down enough to pull it back before it slipped across the line.

Wolfsburg 's players at the other end appealed for a penalty when Jedvaj 's attempted clearance hit his arm inside the box.

Two minutes before halftime, Wolfsburg took the lead when Steffen used the pace of a cross to head home from 15 meters out, giving the diving keeper Andreas Luthe no chance to make a save.

As part of social distancing protocols, the players didn't celebrate as a group, but they couldn't resist the urge to give the Swiss a few high-fives and fist bumps.

When John Brooks' headed clearance went the wrong way, the home side equalized from a second-half set piece, came off the hands of goalkeeper Casteels and hit the bar before bouncing to the line where Jedvaj was on hand to head home.

Felix Uduokhai thought that when he headed home from another set piece he had given Augsburg a 2-1 lead, but the referee looked at the VAR pitchside monitor and ruled it out as Florian Niederlechner was offside and blocked the view of the goalkeeper.

Admir Mehmedi, of Wolfsburg, had numerous chances of scoring their second, first with a volley that came off the post and again minutes later when a sweeping move forced Luthe to keep his feet out of a low, stinging effort.

However, when Kevin Mbabu's low cross found Ginczek substitute inside the six-yard box and his poacher's finish at the far post gave the visitors all three points, the visitors capitalized in stoppage time. Augsburg stay in 14th position.

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