FC Ingolstadt 04 1-1 1. FC Köln: Spoils shared at the Sportpark

The hosts will wonder how they didn't come out with all three points.

FC Ingolstadt 04 1-1 1. FC Köln: Spoils shared at the Sportpark
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1. FC Köln
FC Ingolstadt 04: (4-3-3) Özcan; da Costa (Suttner 72'), M. Matip, Hübner, Bauer; Groß, Roger, Cohen (Christiansen 84'); Hinterseer, Lezcano (Lex 78'), Leckie.
1. FC Köln: (4-2-3-1) Horn; Sörensen, Maroh, Mavraj, Heintz (Mladenovic 69'); Vogt, Lehmann; Risse, Gerhardt, Bittencourt (Hosnier 58'); Modeste (Olkowski 90+2').
SCORE: 1-0, Hinterseer 36'. 1-1, Modeste 72'.
REFEREE: Florian Meyer (Burgdorf). Booked: Lezcano (29'), Maroh (53'), Bauer (75').

Despite the best efforts of both sides, neither Ingolstadt or Köln could be separated on Tuesday evening.

Lukas Hinterseer gave the hosts a deserved advantage towards the end of the first half, but Anthony Modeste earned a share of the spoils for the Billy Goats.

Hinterseer gives Ingolstadt the lead

It was a timid opening ten minutes from both sides, with very little for either side to take from the early exchanges. The only real opportunities of note were relatively tame, as Benjamin Hübner headed into the arms of Timo Horn. At the other end, Ramazan Özcan was out quickly to stop Anthony Modeste from getting on the end of a through ball.

After that, Ingolstadt took control. The Billy Goats were struggling to string passes together, while also finding it difficult to curtail their hosts. A lovely pass into Dario Lezcano almost resulted in the opener, only for a vital block from Dominic Maroh to keep him out. Mathew Leckie also tried his luck, though his swerving long-range effort flew just past the post.

A goal was coming and it was only going to be for one side, Ingolstadt. The hosts got their just reward for an impressive opening half hour with Lukas Hinterseer breaking the deadlock. He was on hand to apply the finishing touch to Danny da Costa's superb cross. The right-back made things easy for his forward, who gleefully finished from close range. Despite Yannick Gerhardt almost punishing Roger's poor back-pass, the Schanzer headed into the break ahead.

Modeste levels the match

The start of the second half was slow, and Peter Stöger brought on Philipp Hosnier for Leonardo Bittencourt in a bid to do just that. Dominique Heintz flashed a header narrowly over the bar soon after, while Roger fired a volley at goal for Ingolstadt; unfortunately it was off target.

The hosts were in no real danger of losing their lead, but suddenly the Billy Goats got level. A great cross from Marcel Risse picked out Modeste in the area, and he duly finished to put any chance of losing 1-0 for the third successive game.

The equaliser meant that the two sides remained ninth and tenth in the table, with Ingolstadt leading the mini-race by just a point. Neither will be faced with relegation this year, and will be able to enjoy the remaining 10 games of the season in a bid to finish as high as possible.