Bayer Leverkusen's top-four hopes took another blow on Matchday 28 as Heiko Herrlich's side were held to a goalless draw by Augsburg at the BayArena.
Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Augsburg
Augsburg's oldest starting line-up of the year (average age 27.7) began falteringly, struggling to deal with the vivacity of Leon Bailey and Wendell in tandem down the Leverkusen left. Bailey was involved in Bayer's two best first-half attempts – both of which came before the 20-minute mark – but Charles Aranguiz and Dominik Kohr, breaking from midfield, shot wide. The visitors might not have been able to boast such sprightliness, and veteran midfielder Daniel Baier went off in some discomfort before the interval, but their deep-lying tactics largely stifled Leverkusen, with their main threat coming from Philipp Max hovering dangerously over set-pieces.
Leverkusen made an enterprising start to the second half, with Julian Brandt and Kevin Volland taking on some of Bailey's creative mantle. Having already spurned a chance from close range, Volland wasted a one-on-one with Marwin Hitz, before Brandt had the ball in the net, only for Bailey to be ruled offside in the build-up. Herrlich introduced Stefan Kießling and Kai Havertz in an effort to find the elusive opening goal, but Kießling failed to convert the one opportunity that came his way, and Bayer were forced to settle for a draw that further imperils their hopes of ending the season in a UEFA Champions League place.
Leverkusen: Leno (c) – Retsos (Henrichs 77'), Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – Baumgartlinger (Kießling 77'), Aranguiz, Kohr (Havertz 69') – Bailey, Volland, Brandt
Unused subs: Özcan, Jedvaj, Frey, Bellarabi
Absentees: Alario (suspended)
Coach: Heiko Herrlich
Augsburg: Hitz – Khedira, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger – Schmid, Moravek (Richter 77'), Baier (c) (Cordova 39'), Max – Koo, Caiuby, Gregoritsch (Janker 71')
Unused subs: Luthe, Asta, Heller, Parker
Absentees: Framberger (ankle), Danso (knee ligaments), Finnbogason (calf)
Coach: Manuel Baum