Kovac, Robben praise Augsburg after draw

Augsburg was praised by Niko Kovac and Arjen Robben after securing a draw at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac   -  Bongarts

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac praised Augsburg after his team was held to a 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga on Tuesday.

The reigning champion dropped points in the league for the first time this season, an 86th-minute goal from Felix Gotze cancelling out Arjen Robben's opener.

Kovac was impressed by Augsburg, which collected just its fifth point from as many league games this campaign.

"Augsburg did a very, very good job over 90 minutes. They stifled our build-up play," he said.

"It wasn't easy to get out of our own half. When we did we failed to convert our chances into goals. Then it's always very tight in the Bundesliga.

"We'd have liked to take three points but unfortunately failed. We'll try to do better away to Berlin."

Despite the late setback, Bayern remains top of the table, although its lead was cut to two points by Werder Bremen.

Robben, who took his tally to three league goals in four games, said the visitor deserved its point.

"My goal doesn't count. If you're one in front you must win the match," the Dutchman said.

"Augsburg turned in a superb display with lots of courage and rewarded themselves. The equaliser wasn't completely undeserved, we didn't do a good job.

"We should have been more patient and created better chances. We often failed to find solutions, but we had enough chances to close it out earlier."

Bayern gets a chance to return to winning ways when it visits Hertha Berlin on Friday.

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