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Eintracht Braunschweig loses their first match since October 5

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Kuban' Krasnodar (0-1) CSKA Moskva

0-1 CSKA: Ahmed Musa (45')

The scoreline does not accurately reflect how CSKA dominated the match. They forced a lot of turnovers in midfield, something that they have done well all season, and created a lot of scoring chances for Ahmed Musa and Roman Eremenko. The CSKA defense had their best showing in the Russian Premier League that they have had in a while, even though there were still pockets of space that Kuban' Krasnodar did not exploit. It was the result Leonid Slutsky needed before CSKA's most important match of the season against Bayern on Tuesday.

CSKA XI (4-2-3-1): Akinfeev – Mário Fernandes, Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov (Nababkin 46') – Wernbloom, Natcho – Tošić (Dzagoev 72'), Eremenko, Milanov (Cauņa 90+2') – Musa

[HD] Kuban vs CSKA Moscow (0-1) Full Highlights... by rubin7190


1. FC Köln (1-2) FC Augsburg

1-0 KOL: Anthony Ujah (13')
1-1 FCA: Nikola Đurđić (53')
1-2 FCA: Alexander Esswein (90')

What a valuable three points that was for Augsburg in their quest to break into the European stratosphere for the first time ever. Markus Weinzierl has his players moving in a very proactive way, making intelligent and building up the play quickly and decisively. Against a club that has packed it in throughout the season, Augsburg were able to create a high number of scoring chances, their creativity and spatial awareness getting some of their better players in space. They look like a team that could snatch a few games at the European level, and Bayern will be walking into the toughest fixture they have ever had against the Fuggerstädter.

Augsburg XI (4-2-3-1): Manninger – Verhaegh, Callsen-Bracker, Klavan, Baba – Kohr (Hong 90'), Baier – Bobadilla, Altıntop, Werner (Esswein 85') – Đurđić (Mölders 77')

All Goals [Köln 1-2 Augsburg] 06-12-2014 HD by Bundes2014


Karlsruher SC (1-0) Eintracht Braunschweig

1-0 KSC: Manuel Torres (39')

After five consecutive victories, Braunschweig's trip south to Karlsruhe was a toughy. It was the first time in a while that Thorsten Lieberknecht's extra attacker exposed the midfield, Braunschweig unable to keep possession and turning the ball in key areas several times. With all the attacking pressure Karlsruhe was applying, it was only a matter of time before Manuel Torres found the back of the net. Braunschweig's loss sees them fall to fifth in the table as the constant shuffle for promotion continues.

Braunschweig XI (4-4-2): Gikiewicz – Reichel, Kessel, Marcel Correia, Hedenstad – Korte, Theuerkauf, Boland, Zuck – Nielsen, Ryu