Augsburg (AP) - After a serious mistake by substitute goalkeeper Niklas Lomb, Bayer Leverkusen was able to prevent another bankruptcy with a lot of effort.

The Rhinelander saved themselves on Sunday thanks to Edmond Tapsoba at FC Augsburg in the fourth minute of stoppage time to a 1-1 (0-1).

Nevertheless, the draw was a damper to the fight for the Champions League.

The FCA remained without a win against the Werkself in their 20th attempt in the Bundesliga.

Florian Niederlechner benefited from Lomb's faux pas, which the early lead was not enough (5th minute).

Augsburg had to be content with a draw in front of national coach Joachim Löw in the relegation battle.

Leverkusen's deficit on a premier class place is already five points after only three wins from the last 13 competitive games.

The pressure for Bayer coach Peter Bosz, who followed the current Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich two years ago in Leverkusen, is still increasing.

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 at least managed the draw.


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