BERLIN, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Runner up Leipzig were held to 2-2 at Augsburg to share the spoils at the opener of the 23rd round in Bundesliga on Friday.
Leipzig came from behind but were unable to protect their 2-1 lead as Augsburg's Martin Hinteregger secured the two all draw on home soil.
Both sides ensured an evenly balanced game into the encounter. It were yet the hosts who broke the deadlock with 19 minutes into the game when Konstantinos Stafylidis unleashed a hammer from 30 meters to drill the ball into the far post corner.
Leipzig remained unimpressed and responded just six minutes later as Timo Werner capitalized on a through ball from Naby Keita to beat onrushing Marwin Hitz into the bottom left corner.
The visitors bounced back after the restart when Marwin Compper nodded in a corner from Emil Forsberg to the far post to mark the 2-1 lead with 52 minutes into the game.
Augsburg shook off the setback and answered with another goal after Martin Hinteregger completed a counter attack, that started at the host's own penalty box, from very close range in the 59th minute.
Leipzig increased the pressure to force the winner but all their efforts remained fruitless whereas Augsburg almost snatched the decider through Stafylidis, who rattled the outside of the box in the dying minutes of the game.
With the result, Leipzig remain on the second place meanwhile Augsburg climbed on the 12th position of the Bundesliga standings.
"I am okay with the draw although we came from behind and turned the tides. We did not make the most of our chances but I am not disappointed by my team's performance," Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.
The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday: Cologne host front runners Bayern Munich, third placed Borussia Dortmund encounter Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim clash with Ingolstadt, Mainz see Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen take on relegation threated Darmstadt and Monchengladbach face Schalke.