Cologne boost survival hopes with win

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Cologne won 3-2 in Augsburg on Friday to boost their Bundesliga survival hopes while sucking the hosts into the relegation dog fight.

Ondrej Duda opened the scoring for Cologne with a stunning volley into the top right corner in the eighth minute while Florian Kainz slotted the second into the bottom right to finish off a swift attacking move in the 23rd.

Duda then converted 10 minutes later to give the visitors a commanding 3-0 first-half lead.

But Augsburg woke up after the break.

Robert Gumny tapped home in the 54th at the far right post before Ruben Vargas' backheeler eight minutes later cut the deficit to just one.

The goal meant Cologne had to sweat it out before being assured of a first-ever league win in Augsburg.

A second successive victory in the third game under new coach Friedhelm Funkel saw Cologne climb into the relegation play-off spot in third last, one point behind behind Werder Bremen and Arminia Bielefeld.

"Cologne are alive," Kainz told streaming portal DAZN. "We are happy to get the three points. We played a great first half but didn't do well after the break."

Augsburg in 12th are only four points ahead of Cologne after a fourth game without a win.

"We said before the game this is do or die and then played so bad in the first half. We risked more in the second half but lost an important game," Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Giekewicz said.

Hertha Berlin slipped behind Cologne but have three games in hand after a two-week coronavirus-related team quarantine.

Matchday 31 continues on Saturday and Sunday, with Bayern Munich aiming for victory at 13th-placed Mainz to clinch a record-extending ninth straight title with three games to spare.