BERLIN — Augsburg failed to take a decisive step toward Bundesliga safety as it was held to a goalless draw by already-safe Cologne on Friday.
After a first half of little incident, the home side was boosted in the 57th minute when Cologne captain Matthias Lehmann was sent off with a second yellow card for catching Tobias Werner in the forehead with his boot. Lehmann immediately apologized for the high challenge that left Werner needing treatment for a gash.
Halil Altintop made a promising foray forward in the 70th, only to blast his effort high and wide, and Alfred Finnbogason headed the next chance over as the home side failed to make more of its numerical advantage.
"We would have liked to take the three points. The team tried everything. The bottom line is that it's a point that can also be important," Augsburg general manager Stefan Reuter said.
Ahead of the rest of the 32nd round, Augsburg moved to 37 points, six above Bremen in the relegation playoff spot. Cologne, on 41, had already clinched survival the previous weekend.
"We want to win the last two games. It would be stupid if we just gave them away," Cologne and Germany defender Jonas Hector said.
The last two rounds will see all games played simultaneously.
Bayern Munich can clinch its fourth successive title Saturday with a win at home against Borussia Moenchengladbach.