Cologne’s Timo Horn has saved a penalty against Augsburg for the second time this season as late goals from Anthony Modeste and Philipp Max have seen each side leave with a point.
Just above the play-off relegation spot, the home side came in three points behind the visitors in Sunday’s battle. And with Florian Niederlechner forcing Cologne No.1 Timo Horn to save a few good saves, it was they who had the best of the opening minutes. In the first half, the Billy Goats failed to assemble a shot on target, but from close range, Ismail Jakobs went closest with a header over the bar.
Niederlechner had the perfect chance to beat Horn when his side won a penalty 27 minutes later, Horn tripping Noah Sarenren-Bazee in the box. But Horn went from zero to hero with a superb save to prevent the top scorer from 12 yards on Augsburg-just as he did in the reverse fixture when he saved the spot-kick from Andre Hahn.
With the home side not loving the opportunities on target they had in the opening 45, Cologne put up a much better battle in the second half. Twice in the Augsburg net, Andreas Luthe was called into action around the hour mark, first clearing a risky Mark Uth cross and then denying Jakobs as he slid a shot to the net from Florian Kainz’s ball to Augsburg’s backpost. While Jhon Cordoba tried to hunt for a goal on the other end, the home side failed to record a shot on goal in the second half, but the defence of the home side was up for battle.
It only took the Frenchman three minutes to make an impact and Córdoba made way for Modeste with less than 10 minutes to play. A left-footed half-volley went across Luthe and into the far bottom corner from just inside the Augsburg box. Modeste thought he was victorious, but Max had other ideas. The wing-back was up from behind to meet the lobbed cross of Raphael Framberger and slot the ball past Horn to give his side a vital point right at death.
Augsburg: Luthe – Framberger, Jedvaj, Uduokhai, Max – Khedira (c), Gruezo – Sarenren Bazee, Richter, Vargas (Löwen 76′) – Niederlechner (Finnbogason 76′)Cologne: Horn – Ehizibue, Leistner, Czichos, Schmitz (Katterbach 28′) – Skhiri (Höger 46′), Hector (c) – Kainz, Uth (Rexhbecaj 71′), Jakobs – Cordoba (Modeste 82′)
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