AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — Lacking key players in isolation with the coronavirus, Eintracht Frankfurt’s ambitions to challenge for European qualification were shattered on Sunday as it held to a 1-1 draw at Augsburg threatened with relegation.
With Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and winger Filip Kostic both unavailable after testing positive for the virus, an otherwise lackluster game was enlivened by two moments of individual skill for goals.
Playmaker Daichi Kamada put Frankfurt ahead in the 22nd minute when he ran over a through ball and jumped over goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz before stretching to tap the ball into the net under pressure from a defender. Michael Gregoritsch equalized for Augsburg 16 minutes later with a fine finish from a tight angle.
Frankfurt were looking for a win to lift their spirits after giving up a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund last week, but had to settle for a point that keeps the team in eighth place. Just five points separate Bayer Leverkusen in third from Mainz in 10th.
Frankfurt’s winless start to the new year is a blow for a side that started the season badly but recovered with wins in six of their last seven Bundesliga games of 2021 to get back into the fight for the European qualifications.
Augsburg produced one of the shocks of the season to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in November, but have won only once in seven games since then and sit just above the playoff spot of relegation, raising fears that his 11-year stay at the top flight could be in jeopardy.
Arminia Bielefeld overtook Stuttgart in 16th place with a 2-2 draw against last-placed Greuther Fürth. Gonzalo Castro saved a point for Bielefeld with a goal in the 83rd as Fürth neared what would have been just his second win since returning to the top tier.
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