Gladbach in thrilling fightback at Augsburg

Borussia Moenchengladbach climbed to fourth in the German league table on Sunday after a pulsating fightback earned it a 2-2 draw at Augsburg.

Doves fly over the field of play during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach at WWK Arena in Augsburg, Germany.   -  Getty Images

Borussia Moenchengladbach climbed to fourth in the German league table on Sunday after a pulsating fightback earned it a 2-2 draw at Augsburg.

The Brazilian striker Raffael had sent Gladbach into a half-time lead before the game exploded into life with three goals in five second-half minutes.

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Despite its midweek Europa League exertions and exit at the hands of Liverpool, Augsburg, which is13th, roared back with two goals in quick succession.

Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason thumped a header home on 50 minutes, his first goal since joining from Olympiakos, before Brazil winger Caiuby slotted neatly home just three minutes later.

Gladbach's American winger Fabian Johnson however gave the perfect answer as he smashed home his shot on 55 minutes to make it 2-2.

The visitor should have won as Sweden's Oscar Wendt fired wide late on with the goal at his mercy while only a Marwin Hitz save denied Borussia captain Granit Xhaka.

Gladbach could be usurped from fourth if Bayer Leverkusen win later on Sunday at Mainz.

Meanwhile it was back to business for Bayern Munich after its midweek Champions league draw at Juventus, it racked up yet another win on Saturday. Robert Lewandowski scored his 23rd league goal of the season as > Bayern went 11 points clear with a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg . The team now has 62 points out of a possible 69, its tally exactly double that of Wolfsburg, which lies eighth.

Bayern could effectively wrap up the league title with two victories in the coming week, at home to Mainz on Wednesday and then at Dortmund in next Saturday's key match.

Elsewhere, bottom side Hanover gained ground in the relegation battle with a shock 2-1 win at Stuttgart after an eight-match losing streak.

On Friday, Hertha Berlin strengthened its grip on third place with a 1-0 victory at Cologne as Vedad Ibisevic scored the winner to break its run of six games without a win.

RESULTS:

FC Augsburg 2 (Finnbogason 50, Caiuby 53) Borussia M'gladbach 2 (Raffael 33, Johnson 55)

Borussia Dortmund 3 (Mkhitaryan 80, Ramos 85, Aubameyang 90+2) Hoffenheim 1 (Rudy 26)

Mainz 05 3 (Malli 14, 58-pen, Cordoba 32) Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Hernandez 65)

Played Saturday

VfL Wolfsburg 0 Bayern Munich 2 (Coman 66, Lewandowski 74)

Hamburg 1 (Drmic 7) Ingolstadt 04 1 (Hinterseer 61)

VfB Stuttgart 1 (Werner 18) Hanover 2 (Schulz 32, 84)

Werder Bremen 2 (Ujah 33, Pizarro 90) SV Darmstadt 98 2 (Wagner 44-pen, Sulu 82)

Played Friday

FC Cologne 0 Hertha Berlin 1 (Ibisevic 43)