Augsburg (AP) - Leverkusen's substitute goalkeeper Niklas Lomb clenched his fists in relief and looked gratefully towards rescuer Edmond Tapsoba.
By equalizing the defender in the last second, Lomb's serious mistake was a little less significant in the Bayer team's next setback in the battle for a Champions League place.
Because thanks to Tapsoba, the Leverkusen team saved themselves at FC Augsburg in the fourth minute of stoppage time to a 1: 1 (0: 1).
Due to the late equalization, the FCA remained without a win against the Werkself in the 20th attempt of the Bundesliga.
Florian Niederlechner was the beneficiary of Lomb's faux pas in front of national coach Joachim Löw, but the early lead in the 5th minute was not enough.
"Of course, it annoys me that I made a mistake," commented Lomb on the DAZN streaming service.
"I tried to turn it off in the game."
His blatant mistake is "a thing that bothers you very much".
The Bayer goalkeeper said of the result: "Depending on the circumstances, you can live with the point."
After a back pass from Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Lomb, who was again called up for the injured Lukas Hradecky, 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.
"I'm happy in the end," said Leverkusen's Sven Bender at DAZN.
Given the way the game played, “you have to be happy.
When you get behind so early, it's not easy. "
His team is currently lacking "ease," said the defender.
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 the later goalscorer 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).
So it remained exciting until the end, when Tapsoba still managed the draw.
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