A last-gasp Salomon Kalou goal salvaged Hertha Berlin a point and denied Augsburg a place in the Bundesliga's top four with a 1-1 draw in Bavaria.
Augsburg 1-1 Hertha Berlin
Goals: 1-0 Caiuby (74'), 1-1 Kalou (90+1')
Confidence is currently oozing out of Augsburg and Caiuby personified this to lead their first attack, although his effort was saved by Rune Jarstein. Marcel Heller went even closer for the hosts as his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Jarstein before Michael Gregoritsch grazed the outside of the right-hand post with the Bavarians' next effort.
Hertha responded well in the second half with Marwin Hitz finally able to get his hands on the luminous red ball to deny Alexander Esswein and Marvin Plattenhardt, but it was during the Old Lady's best spell of the game that Caiuby put the hosts in front. Unsurprisingly, it was Philipp Max who provided his league-high eighth assist and Caiuby supplied the finish to put Augsburg in front. It was not enough for all three points, however, as Kalou tucked in Niklas Stark's header in stoppage time to snatch a draw for the guests.
- At the time of his goal, Caiuby's five shots were as many as the entire Hertha team.Left-back Philipp Max is the league’s top assist provider with eight.The Old Lady’s only other Bundesliga goal in five visits to Augsburg was also scored by Kalou from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win in 2015/16.Augsburg had failed to score in their last five games against Hertha.
Augsburg: Hitz - Framberger, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max – Koo (80' Khedira), Baier (c) – Heller (76' Schmid), Gregoritsch, Caiuby - Finnbogason (88' Cordova)
Subs: Luthe, Moravek, Ji, Danso
Absentees: Opare (suspended), Thommy (ankle), Kacar (ankle)
Coach: Manuel Baum
Hertha Berlin: Jarstein - Weiser, Langkamp, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Stark, Skjelbred – Leckie (58 Lazaro), Mittelstädt (79' Kalou), Selke - Ibisevic (c) (58' Esswein)
Subs: Klinsmann, Pekarik, Maier, Lustenberger
Absentees: Kraft (flu), Darida (knee), Stocker (knee), Kalou (groin)
Coach: Pal Dardai
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