Augsburg halt Bundesliga losing streak

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Augsburg have ended a three-game losing run after a 1-0 win away to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

The visitors had Ermedin Demirovic's second-half strike and injury-time penalty save by Rafal Gikiewicz to thank for the victory.

Gikiewicz was the hero as he threw himself to his right to palm away Marvin Ducksch's admittedly poor penalty four minutes beyond regulation.

Ducksch had earned the spot-kick by playing the ball off the hand of Maximilian Bauer from point-blank range and the wound-up Gikiewicz then earned a booking for enciting the Bremen fans as he celebrated.

"That's football," the goalkeeper told DAZN. "They insult me the whole second half, that's my answer."

Bremen's Niclas Fullkrug said the bad tempered end to the game, which saw fans spill out from the stand to behind the goal, was "too hot for me, that had nothing more to do with football, I don't like it."

Booed off at home after their defeat to Hertha Berlin last week, Augsburg had started brightly and missed a series of half-chances in the opening minutes.

But they also had a let-off when the hosts, looking for a first win at home since their summer promotion back to the top-flight, had a potential opening goal through Fullkrug disallowed for offside on video review.

Augsburg's Demirovic fired home Mergim Berisha's cut-back in the 63rd minute and Berisha hit the bar before Bremen launched a furious, if ultimately futile bid for a late point.

Bremen stay ninth, two points ahead of Augsburg in 11th.

Third-placed champions Bayern Munich host VfB Stuttgart on Saturday before table-topping Freiburg welcome Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday.