Max strikes late to rescue point for Augsburg

Augsburg's German defender Philipp Max (R) shoots a free kick during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg v 1. FC Cologne on June 7, 2020 in Augsburg, southern Germany.

Philipp Max scored his eighth goal of the season to rescue a point for Augsburg at home to Cologne and cancel out Anthony Modeste's late strike.

Heiko Herrlich's side came into the match on the back of a concerning run of just two wins in their last 12 and only four points above the relegation play-off. 

The hosts dominated the first-half, however, and should have been out of sight before the interval only to find Cologne shot-stopper Timo Horn - on his 150th league appearance for the club - in inspired form.

Horn saved Florian Niederlechne's penalty, making amends after fouling Noel Sarenren Bazee in a first-half dominated by the hosts. 

Augsburg continued to pepper the visitors' goal, registering a total of 11 first-half shots, but couldn't find a way past Horn, with Niederlechne also seeing his point-blank volley saved by the Cologne shot-stopper.

The visitors were much improved in the second-half and with Augsburg tiring, Modeste fired in what Cologne thought would be an 85th-minute winner with a lovely volley on the edge of the box.

Augsburg refused to be beaten, however, and only three minutes later the hosts finally found the net, with Max rifling home at the far post from fellow full-back Raphael Framberger's cross.

The draw lifts Augsburg back up to 13th and only five points above 16th-placed Dusseldorf, while Cologne are three points better off in 12th.

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