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Second time Timo saved a penalty against Augsburg

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As late goals from Anthony Modeste and Philipp Max have seen each side leave with a point, Cologne’s Timo Horn has saved a penalty against Augsburg for the second time this season.

In Sunday’s battle, just above the play-off relegation spot the home side came in three points behind the visitors. And with Florian Niederlechner forcing Cologne No.1 Timo Horn to save a few good saves, it was they who had the best of the opening minutes. From close range, Ismail Jakobs went closest with a header over the bar, and the Billy Goats failed to assemble a shot on target in the first half.

Niederlechner had the perfect chance to beat Horn when his side won a penalty 27 minutes later, Horn tripping Noah Sarenren-Bazee in the box. But to prevent the top scorer from 12 yards on Augsburg-just as he did in the reverse fixture when he saved the spot-kick from Andre Hahn, Horn went from zero to hero with a superb save.

The set pieces from Augsburg’s wing-back Philipp Max caused a lot of problems for the Cologne defence but just before the half-time whistle he couldn’t find the target with a free-kick.

Cologne put up a much better battle in the second half, with the home side not loving the opportunities on target they had in the opening 45. Andreas Luthe was called into action around the hour mark, twice in the Augsburg net, first clearing a risky Mark Uth cross and then denying Jakobs as he slid a shot to the net from Florian Kainz’s ball to Augsburg’s backpost. The home side failed to record a shot on goal in the second half, while Jhon Cordoba tried to hunt for a goal on the other end, but the defence of the home side was up for battle.

Córdoba made way for Modeste with less than 10 minutes to play and it only took the Frenchman three minutes to make an impact. A left-footed half-volley went across Luthe and into the far bottom corner from just inside the Augsburg box. Modeste thought he was victorious, but Max had other ideas. The wing-back was up from behind to meet the lobbed cross of Raphael Framberger and slot the ball past Horn to give his side a vital point right at death.



Augsburg: Luthe – Framberger, Jedvaj, Uduokhai, Max – Khedira (c), Gruezo – Sarenren Bazee, Richter, Vargas (Löwen 76′) – Niederlechner (Finnbogason 76′)

Cologne: Horn – Ehizibue, Leistner, Czichos, Schmitz (Katterbach 28′) – Skhiri (Höger 46′), Hector (c) – Kainz, Uth (Rexhbecaj 71′), Jakobs – Cordoba (Modeste 82′)