Summary

  • Spoils shared between Augsburg and Köln in opening game of Matchday 32.
  • Köln captain Matthias Lehmann sent off in the second half.
  • Augsburg need one more win to be sure of Bundesliga survival; Köln are already safe.

FC Augsburg's efforts to pull further away from the relegation zone were stifled by ten-man 1. FC Köln on Friday night as the teams played out a 0-0 draw.

FC Augsburg 0-0 1. FC Köln

Red card: Lehmann (57')

Visitors Köln had secured their Bundesliga status for another year with victory over SV Darmstadt 98 last week, so the onus was on Augsburg to seize the initiative here as they looked to inch their way closer to safety too. However, neither side was willing to risk much in a timid first half characterised by hefty midfield tussles and tactical discipline.

The advantage swung Augsburg's way in the second period when Köln captain Matthias Lehmann was sent off for a second bookable offence, contributing to the hosts increasing the pressure in search of a winner as the match wore on. Set-pieces were their best hope of breaking down a Köln side that shut up shop, but Raul Bobadilla's curling effort from a free-kick was as close as they came in an encounter that ultimately ended goalless.

Man of the match

Germany international Jonas Hector is normally a left-back but he was superb in defensive midfield for the Billy Goats at the WWK Arena. The 25-year-old won 54 per cent of his tackles, completed 92 per cent of his passes, covered more ground than anyone else (11.73 kilometres) and compensated well for fellow holding midfielder Lehmann after his sending off.

Talking point

While Augsburg will be disappointed not to have won here, they still have their fate in their own hands going into the final two matchdays of the campaign. One more victory would take them to 40 points and guarantee them a Bundesliga place next term.

Match stats

  • Tobias Werner started a league game for Augsburg for the first time since Matchday 9.
  • Augsburg had 12 shots on goal to Köln's eight.
  • Daniel Baier saw more of the ball (123 touches) than any other player on the pitch.

Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl knows his side need just one victory from their last two matches to guarantee their top-flight survival.

Line-ups

Augsburg: Hitz - Feulner, Gouweleeuw, Klavan, Max - Baier (c) - Koo, Kohr, Altintop (Ji 83'), Werner (Bobadilla 65') - Finnbogason

Coach: Markus Weinzierl

Köln: Horn - Sörensen, Maroh, Heintz, Mladenovic – Lehmann (c), Hector - Risse, Osako (Jojic 46'), Gerhardt - Modeste

Coach: Peter Stöger