A first point of 2022 for Augsburg and Frankfurt, who can both be happy to have bounced back from defeats last weekend with a draw which is a deserved outcome.
The game has come to life again in these closing stages and Niederlechner very nearly snatches victory for Augsburg, faced with only Ramaj to beat but the rookies Frankfurt custodian makes a fine, brave save with his right thigh!
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Jesper Gränge Lindström 33.19km/h
Mads Pedersen 32.40km/h
Felix Uduokhai 32.36km/h
Frankfurt finishing with a flourish, Lindstrom again breaking away from the Augsburg defence, but he slides a low shot across the face of Gikiewicz's goal and wide of the far post.
Another break for Frankfurt and Kamada's cross finds Lindstrom with only Gikiewicz to beat, but the Augsburg goalkeeper makes himself big and blocks his effort! Very close for Frankfurt!
NO GOAL FOR PEPI
Pepi leaves the field without his first goal for Augsburg, making way for a man who knows a thing or two about scoring goals for the Bavarians.
Kamada breaks down the left wing and delivers the ball. Interestingly that is just the third cross from the left today from Frankfurt, with eight coming from the right. With Kostic in the team, those statistics would be completely transformed.
Frankfurt have scored eight in the final 15 minutes of games this season, while Augsburg have scored six. Will we see another late goal today? The game's gone a little stale in the past few minutes, but with those statistics, you would not rule out a late twist.
Hahn and Niederlechner come on to give the Augsburg attack some fresh legs, although the ball has not been in the final attacking third for Augsburg for a fair few minutes.
5 off target
3 on target
7 off target
2 on target
Another view of Gregoritsch's goal - the Augsburg forward is off camera to the left, with the ball arrowing in from a tight angle.
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Another chance for Toure, who saw the ball quite late at the far post and sends it wide. The guests are getting back into the game now.
From the corner, Augsburg do not clear their lines and Toure swings at it just five yards out, but he slices it over the crossbar.
Lindstrom curls a free-kick around the Augsburg wall, but Gikiewicz dives across and turns the ball behind.
OFFSIDE, NO GOAL!
Both sides now had a goal ruled out, this for an offside decision with N'Dicka denied a third goal of the season by a few feet.
Augsburg starting this second half the way they had ended the first, on the attack. Even Uduokhai causing a nuisance of himself, with the hosts building up a head of steam and searching for the lead.
PEDERSEN WITHIN SECONDS!
Talk about making an impact, Pedersen needs just 15 seconds to get his first shot on goal! Good stop by Ramaj to prevent an early goal.
Uduokhai is back for Augsburg, with Pedersen also coming on. The Bavarians played an attack-minded 4-2-4 in the first half and this could well be a bit more of a balanced side.
STICK WITH US!
What a first half of football in Augsburg, with chances at both ends – more for the hosts than their guests, although they did have a good chance to lead 2-0. They didn't take it, though, and Augsburg levelled and the momentum is now on their side ahead of the second 45 minutes.
Situation No penalty
Decision No penalty
Augsburg celebrate their equaliser.
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What a first half it's been for Ricardo Pepi: two shots blocked, blocked one shot himself and scored a goal only to see it ruled out. The USMNT international has certainly been Augsburg's most dangerous outlet so far, and you would not bet against him opening his account in the second half.
GREGORITSCH ALSO ON FIRE!
That is Gregoritsch's fourth goal of the season, all of which have come in his past seven outings. He's scored both of Augsburg's goals in 2022 so far.
There is no such thing as an impossible angle, just ask Gregoritsch! He threads the needle from the left-hand side with the ball passing behind Ramaj's flailing right arm and in! 1-1!
GOAL!1 : 1
After reviewing the incident - more to see Zeqiri's foul - the referee confirms his on-field decision and shows the Swiss forward a yellow card. Free-kick for Frankfurt, and no goal for Pepi. Yet.
PEPI GOAL RULED OUT!
That looked like it was the moment for Pepi, who slotted the ball in, but play had already been halted moments earlier by the referee for a foul by Zeqiri! But the referee is going to take a look at it...
BORRE ON FIRE
Borre supplied the assist for Kamada's goal, contributing to a goal for the sixth game in a row. Since December, he's scored four and set up a further four.
Decision No penalty
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Reece Oxford 31.77km/h
Jesper Gränge Lindström 31.65km/h
Almost a second for the guests, and similar to the first with Lindstrom skipping inside Oxford, but he plants a low shot against the left-hand upright.
Niklas Dorsch has his eyes on the ball here, but he lost sight of his teammates in the build-up to Frankfurt's goal.
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Pepi's effort hits the thigh of Toure and loops behind, but the offside flag was raised and it wouldn't have counted even if he had found the back of the net.
Dorsch gives the ball away cheaply in midfield and Frankfurt surge forward, Borre putting Kamada through, and he skips past Gikiewicz and tucks the ball into the unguarded net. 1-0 for Frankfurt!
GOAL!0 : 1
Even without Kostic, Frankfurt's first shot of the game comes following a cross, a corner to be precise. N'Dicka meets it with a near-post header, but sends the ball over.
THAT DORSCH GOAL
DORSCH FROM DISTANCE
Not afraid from taking aim from long range (remember, Cologne?) Dorsch has a go from 30 yards out, but he misses wide left.
The best chance of the game so far as Pepi goes clear, but he screws his shot wide! Possibly some understandable nerves there, faced with the chance of becoming Augsburg's youngest ever goalscorer.
In reply to that first shot of the game from Augsburg, Frankfurt have put their best foot forward and are attacking with intention, a few crosses cut out well by Augsburg defenders. Remember, there is no Kostic in the Frankfurt team today, so Chandler is one man expected to get forward to deliver the ball from the left.
PEPI IN THE WAY!
Pepi does well to lay the ball off for Vargas, but as the Swiss forward cuts inside and sends in the first shot of the game, it hits Pepi!
Both teams in a huddle before kick-off. Here we go!
UDUOKHAI CALLS FOR CALM
Augsburg will be delighted to have defender Felix Uduokhai back in their ranks, the Germany youth international recently recovering from a long spell out with injury. The 24-year-old - on the bench today - has been expressing his thoughts on Augsburg’s lowly place in the Bundesliga standings. “I don’t think there’s any point in panicking,” he said. “We have to stay calm and go into the next few matches with the right balance. I’m convinced that we can do it as a team and we’ll get the points in the coming weeks.”
With Pepi in the starting XI, Markus Weinzierl is today fielding the youngest Augsburg team in almost three years, with an average age of 25.1.
AUGSBURG ARE HERE
CHANDLER: "GOTTA KEEP WORKING"
USMNT international Timothy Chandler featured for 90 minutes as Eintracht lost out to Borussia Dortmund by 3-2 in what was a last-gasp, come-from-behind triumph for the Black-and-Yellows on Matchday 18. The full back - who makes his tenth Bundesliga appearance of the season today - said of that setback: “We ourselves (won) a lot of games in the last second but that time it was the other way around. “It was annoying, but we have to keep working and look to get the points in the next few games.”
FOUR CHANGES FOR FRANKFURT
Former Augsburg defender Martin Hinteregger is only on the bench for Frankfurt, one of four changes to the team which started against Dortmund last weekend. Meanwhile, Almamy Toure makes his first start since Matchday 10.
The US youngster makes his starting debut for Augsburg today and would become the youngest goalscorer in the club's history, if he finds the back of the net. Will Augsburg's social media department be ready for that?
Diant Ramaj makes his Bundesliga debut in the Frankfurt goal, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Bundesliga this season.
GLASNER SOUNDS WARNING
Eintracht boss Oliver Glasner said that his side will need to be wary of an Augsburg side that have one of the quickest transition games in the league. “It’s hard to find the gaps in their game as they are set up in a very well-protected way while they also play it forward really quickly,” the coach explained. “We have great respect (for them), but of course we want to win,” Glasner added.
WEINZIERL: "WE NEED HEART"
Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl has been speaking about his team’s opponents in Bavaria today, the 47-year old describing Eintracht as a “finely-tuned team,” who “were in great form before Christmas.” Looking back on his own side’s impressive wins against the likes of Bayern Munich and away to Cologne this term, however, the tactician added, “We need to play with heart, like we did well in the first half of the season.”
Grahl, Ilsanker, Jakic, Hrustic, Lammers, Hinteregger, Ache, Durm, Paciencia
Ramaj – Tuta, Hasebe, N'Dicka – Toure, Rode (c), Sow, Chandler – Kamada – Lindstrom, Borre
Klein, Pedersen, Niederlechner, Moravek, Sarenren Bazee, Uduokhai, Caligiuri, Finnbogason, Hahn
Gikiewicz – Gumny, Oxford, Gouweleeuw (c), Iago – Maier, Dorsch – Gregoritsch, Vargas - Pepi, Zeqiri
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