February 26, 2018 / 10:45 PM / 6 months ago

Dortmund drop vital points in Augsburg draw

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund’s pursuit of a Champions League place suffered a setback on Monday after Augsburg secured a 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga thanks to defender Kevin Danso’s 73rd minute equaliser.

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund vs FC Augsburg - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - February 26, 2018 Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Burki, Lukasz Piszczek, Julian Weigl and Mahmoud Dahoud look dejected after the match REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

Marco Reus put Dortmund ahead in the 16th minute of a first half Dortmund largely dominated before being second best to Augsburg for much of the second half.

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund vs FC Augsburg - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - February 26, 2018 Augsburg's Marcel Heller in action with Borussia Dortmund’s Andre Schurrle, Mahmoud Dahoud and Marcel Schmelzer REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

Second-placed Dortmund, 19 points behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich, could ill afford to drop points in a tight race for Champions League places.

With 41 points from 24 matches, they are one point ahead of Schalke 04, two in front of Eintracht Frankfurt and three clear of Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig with 10 matches to go. Bayern were held 0-0 at home by Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

“We’re disappointed with the performance today. We had a great chance to put some distance between us and the other sides,” said Dortmund’s German international forward Andre Schuerrle.

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund vs FC Augsburg - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - February 26, 2018 Augsburg's Kevin Danso celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

A cross from Schuerrle on the right to Michy Batshuayi at the far post was cut out by defender Martin Hinteregger only for Reus, who was following up, to steer the loose ball into the net.

Augsburg’s equaliser to end a run of two defeats was no surprise after their better start to the second half.

Austria defender Danso tapped home the rebound from two metres after Swiss keeper Roman Buerki had parried his header at a corner.

Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, and Mahmoud Dahoud both missed chances to snatch a winner for the home side in the final minutes.

Reporting by Rex Gowar, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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