Football: Augsburg and Cologne share spoils in 1-1 draw

FC Augsburg's Alfred Finnbogason in action with FC Cologne's Marco Hoger (left) on June 7, 2020.
FC Augsburg's Alfred Finnbogason in action with FC Cologne's Marco Hoger (left) on June 7, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

AUGSBURG, GERMANY (REUTERS) - A late equaliser by left back Philipp Max helped Augsburg secure a 1-1 home draw with Cologne in the Bundesliga after the visitors took an 85th-minute lead through substitute Anthony Modeste in an entertaining clash on Sunday (June 7).

The result left Cologne 12th on 35 points from 30 games, three more than 13th-placed Augsburg. Both sides stayed clear of the relegation zone, with 16th-placed Fortuna Duesseldorf, who are occupying the relegation playoff spot, on 28 points.

Augsburg striker Florian Niederlechner missed three first-half chances, including a 27th-minute penalty, before Modeste fired Cologne ahead against the run of play when he lashed in a left-foot volley from 16 metres.

Max popped up at far post in the 88th minute and swept home a Raphael Framberger cross from close range to salvage a point for the home side, who got their reward for throwing men forward in the dying minutes.