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Frankfurt and Augsburg earned
their first victories and points
of the Bundesliga season yester-
Frankfurt won 2-0 at Eintracht
Braunschweig while Augsburg
edged Stuttgart 2-1.
Goals by Alexander Meier in
the 52nd and by Stefan Aigner
ten minutes later secured the vic-
tory for Frankfurt, which began
the season with two defeats. Pro-
moted Braunschweig has lost all
three of its games since returning
to the Bundesliga after 28 years.
Braunschweig and Stuttgart are
bottom of the standings, the only
two teams without points three
matches into the season.
Halil Altintop connected with
a hard cross from the right at the
far post to put Augsburg up by
one in the sixth minute and Jan-
Ingwer Callsen-Bracker doubled
the lead in the 36th with a header
off another cross.
Vedad Ibisevic converted a
penalty in the 42nd for Stuttgart,
but Augsburg held on in the sec-
ond half and Sascha Moelders
missed an empty net for Augs-
burg ten minutes from time.
Stuttgart s Ibrahima Traore was
sent off in the 70th, six minutes
after he had come on as a sub-
stitute. It was the eighth red card
of the weekend, a Bundesliga
record for a match day.
The defeat increases the pres-
sure on Stuttgart coach Bruno
Labbadia, with some fans already
calling for his ouster.
Stuttgart is also on the verge
of missing out on the Europa
League after losing 2-1 at Rijeka
In Braunschweig, Meier s
deflected shot from inside the
penalty area left goalkeeper Daniel
Davari no chance.
Aigner intercepted a poor pass
from Omar Elabdellaouim to
secure the victory ten minutes
later, easily slipping the ball past
Davari from close range.
Frankfurt finished sixth last
season when it was promoted and
earned a place in Europa League
qualifying. It won 2-0 at Qarabag
in Azerbaijan in the first leg.
"This has been a successful
week for us. We are back on
track," Meier said.
Frankfurt s coach Armin Veh
"We played good football. The
team was very present on the
field," Veh said.
Braunschweig hardly threatened
Frankfurt s goal.
"We played with no confi-
dence. That s my biggest
headache. It s a disappointment,
but not such a big disappoint-
ment that we should be resigned
after only three rounds."
Defender Deniz Dogan said
Braunschweig was still trying to
settle down in the top flight.
"We make too many blatant
errors. It s a mental thing as well.
It s early in the season but we
should begin to earn some points,"
Dogan said. (AP)
PARIS---Lille won 1-0 at home
to Saint-Etienne yesterday as the
visitors dropped their first points
of the campaign.
Salomon Kalou scored from the
spot in the 37th minute, sending
Stephane Ruffier the wrong way.
Kalou won the penalty when he
forced his way into the area
between Francois Clerc and Jere-
my Clement, and was bundled
over by Clement.
It was the first goal Saint-Eti-
enne had conceded in the league
Both sides struggled to create
chances. Lille almost doubled its
tally in the 66th minute but Ruffi-
er pulled off a brilliant save to
parry a fierce, swerving shot from
The result means Marseille is
the only team to still have a per-
fect record after three matches.
It was Saint-Etienne s second
defeat in a week after Thursday s
Europa League loss at Esbjerg.
Nice was also beaten in the first
leg of the Europa League playoff
round, losing 2-0 at Apollon
Limassol. The travel seemed to
be taking a toll yesterday as Nice
also appeared sluggish and limped
to a goalless draw at Ajaccio.
Nice almost got off to the per-
fect start, however, but Christian
Bruls early headed goal was ruled
out as teammate Dario Cvitanich
was flagged offside.
Both Ajaccio and Nice had just
two shots each on target.
Ajaccio has two points from its
opening three matches, Nice has
Saint-Etienne drops first points
Augsburg's Andre Hahn, left, challenges for the ball with Stuttgart's
Konstantin Rausch during the German Bundesliga soccer match
between FC Augsburg and VfB Stuttgart in Augsburg, southern
Germany yesterday. AP PHOTO
Augsburg off the
mark in Bundesliga
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