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Leverkusen grab late equaliser at Augsburg after Lomb’s howler


Berlin (AFP) – Hosts Augsburg were denied a first win over Bayer Leverkusen at the 20th attempt by a last-gasp equaliser from Burkina Faso defender Edmond Tapsoba as the visitors’ snatched a 1-1 draw on Sunday in the Bundesliga.

Augsburg were 1-0 up at home deep into added time at home when Leverkusen defender Tapsoba was left unmarked to convert a cross seconds before the whistle. 

The late equaliser was necessary because Leverkusen’s back-up goalkeeper Niklas Lomb had gifted Augsburg an early freak goal.

Five minutes into his first league start this season, Lomb completely mistimed his clearance kick.

the ball rolled to Augsburg striker Florian Niederlechner, who tapped the ball into the empty net.

The early blow rattled Leverkusen who struggled to impose themselves until Tapsoba’s late equaliser.

With Augsburg gaining in confidence, Niederlechner briefly won a penalty just after the break following a tap on his ankle from Leverkusen’s ex-Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

However, the VAR spotted Augsburg winger Ruben Vargas offside in the build up and the spot kick was reversed.

With time running out, Leverkusen equalised just before the final whistle when former Leicester City winger Demarai Gray whipped in a corner which Tapsoba drilled home.

After losing six of their nine league games since the start of the year, the result leaves Augsburg in 13th place.

The rescued point leaves Leverkusen fifth in the table, 12 points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Bayern’s lead at the top can be cut to two points if second-placed RB Leipzig win at Hertha Berlin later on Sunday.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Jon

    February 21, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    They’ll be playing that Lomb howler on sportsreels for a while. I was actually laughing out loud.

  2. Jon

    February 21, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    @Azer, thanks, that’s what I was expecting but there was definitely no Sean Dundee. I’m not sure if you caught the World Feed broadcast but there was just one voice.

  3. Azer

    February 21, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    @Jon – Jonathan Beck & Sean Dundee were on the world feed for FC Augsburg vs Bayer Leverkusen. Mr. Beck also did the Koln vs Stuttgart game yesterday, solo.

  4. Jon

    February 21, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Azer, who was the World Feed commentator for the Augsburg game today? I really enjoyed him. There was lots of great action in the Bundesliga this weekend (and not one second of Kevin Hatchard comms). Excellent!

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