Augsburg (dpa / lby) - Disappointed, the professionals of FC Augsburg crouched on the lawn.
Instead of cheering for a liberation in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga, they had to accept the equalizer at the last second in the 1-1 (1-0) against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
The Rhinelander saved themselves on Sunday thanks to Edmond Tapsoba at FC Augsburg in the fourth minute of stoppage time to a draw.
The FCA remained without a win against the Werkself in their 20th attempt in the Bundesliga.
Florian Niederlechner benefited from a serious mistake by Leverkusen's substitute goalkeeper Niklas Lomb, but the early lead was not enough (5th minute).
“It's extremely bitter when you get the 1: 1 in the last second.
We played a very passionate and good game, ”said Niederlechner goal scorer at DAZN.
"We can and still have to take a lot with us."
Augsburg had to be content with a draw in front of national coach Joachim Löw in the relegation battle.
"Right after that it just hurts," said defender Felix Uduokhai and looked ahead to the tasks against Mainz and Hertha.
"That's where the points and results count."
Leverkusen's deficit on a premier class place is already five points after only three wins from the last 13 competitive games.
The pressure on Bayer coach Peter Bosz, who followed the current Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich in Leverkusen two years ago, continues to increase.
Exactly six years after the great appearance of the then FCA goalkeeper and now Dortmund's Marwin Hitz, who scored the equalizer against Bayer Leverkusen in stoppage time, a goalkeeper was the focus this time very early.
But quite different from what he would have liked.
After a back pass from Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Lomb, who was again called up for Lukas Hradecky, who was injured in the heel, kicked past the ball.
Niederlechner had no trouble slipping in from close range for the third goal of the season.
After the 27-year-old Lomb had not to blame any of the six previously conceded goals in just 135 minutes, this goal was entirely on his cap.
After that there were hardly any highlights to marvel at in the WWK Arena for a long time.
Leverkusen clearly had more possession of the ball, but only sniffed the equalizer once before the break.
Patrik Schick did not hit the ball under pressure from Raphael Framberger (41.).
Augsburg could have increased it to 2-0 through Niederlechner, but in a counterattack he missed the goal (27th).
The FCA officials, who were loudly calling in, were angry that Tapsoba was the last man to only see yellow and not red after a foul on Daniel Caligiuri (32nd).
As on Thursday in the Europa League in the 3: 4 defeat in Bern, when Leverkusen turned up after a 3-0 break, the Werkself came out of the dressing room more powerfully in Augsburg.
Mainly driven by Moussa Diaby on the left wing, the guests made it repeatedly in front of goal.
But Augsburg prevented the equalizer with a lot of effort.
There was a lack of precision in their own counterattacks.
In the duel between two disappointing teams in the second half of the season, the hosts hoped for a penalty kick after a whistle from referee Christian Dingert.
But Caligiuri had to hand the ball back to the referee because the video assistant had recognized Ruben Vargas' offside position in advance (55th).
It was exciting until the end, Tapsoba then shocked the FCA.
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