FC Ingolstadt maintained their unbeaten run on the road this season as they played out to a 1-1 draw with 1. FC Köln at the RheinEnergieStadion on Friday night.
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Modeste gives hosts the lead
Matip equalises for visitors
Osako squanders late chance
Ingolstadt unbeaten on the road
The Bundesliga newcomers set a new league record after winning their first three away games of the campaign, but they went behind after just 10 minutes when Anthony Modeste headed home the opener.
The Bavarians hit back 11 minutes later, though, as Marvin Matip celebrated his 29th birthday with the equaliser to keep up their impressive record away from home.
Ralph Hasenhuttl's side moved level on four points with the fifth-placed Billy Goats directly above them to occupy the final European spot.
It was a game of missed chances as both teams proved wasteful on numerous occasions throughout the 90 minutes in Cologne.
Markus Suttner tried his luck from long range after just two minutes, but failed to test home goalkeeper Timo Horn, who was then required to make a save from the defender seven minutes later.
The deadlock was broken at the other end moments later, however, when Modeste got on the end of Marcel Rise's cross to head past Ramazan Ozcan for his fifth goal of the season.
But Ingolstadt didn't have to wait long to find a response as Matip guided a cross from Pascal Gross beyond Horn to restore parity.
Ozcan had to be alert to keep his team in the contest as he denied Simon Zoller and Frederik Sorensen in quick succession, before Horn was called into action again at the other end when he turned away a header from Alfredo Morales and then saving Stefan Lex's shot from inside the area.
Benjamin Hubner and Gross were guilty of not hitting the target for Die Schanzer in the closing stages of the first half, while Leonardo Bittencourt was equally lacking in composure with his shot for the hosts a few minutes later.
That trend continued in the second half as a combined total of 12 shots went astray from both teams.
Morales did manage to draw a save from Horn just before the hour mark, while the best chance of the second half fell to Yuya Osako, but the striker was unable to beat Ozcan from inside the area.