Professionals | 12/05/2018

VfL more determined

1-4 defeat in Wolfsburg

After an inferior second half, 1. FC Köln lost against VfL Wolfsburg with a score of 1-4 (1-1). Joshua Guilavogui put his side ahead early, but Jonas Hector leveled in a stunning manner. In the second half, the hosts dominated and Origi, Knoche as well as Brekalo decided the match.

Claudio Pizarro, Milos Jojic, and Jorge Meré rotated in for Simon Zoller, Christian Clemens, and Dominic Maroh for the last match of this Bundesliga season.

Early lead for VfL

The hosts got to work after just about 40 seconds. Brekalo progressed on the left and crossed the ball in, which full back William deflected into the path of midfielder Joshua Guilavogui, who fired the ball emphatically into the bottom left corner (1’). Ruthenbeck’s men tried to respond instantly, but Simon Terodde volleyed the ball over the bar (5’) and Jojic could not test Koen Casteels (9’).

Jannes Horn and Verhaegh out

Early on, the hosts were the superior team and Origi was stopped by Timo Horn in a one-on-one (7’). In minute 19, Brekalo turned Horn and only had to hit the empty goal, but Risse intercepted in the nick of time (19’). Before this scene, both coaches had to make a change as Jannes Horn and Paul Verhaegh collided and had to leave the pitch with bleeding cuts to the head.

Hector’s sublime skill

Central forward Simon Terodde could have evened the score but he could not convert deliveries from substitute Leo Bittencourt and Dominique Heintz  (20’ & 23’) from promising positions. 32 minutes into the match, captain Jonas Hector played a one-two with Jojic, turned two defenders with his first touch in the box, and finished with a perfectly lofted ball from an acute angle – a stunning equalizer. Hence, the two sides finished the first half with a draw.

Origi takes the lead back

The second 45 minutes started with a great chance for Wolfsburg’s attacker Origi, who bent the ball over the bar from the edge of the penalty area (48’). 6 minutes later, he snatched the home lead. Brekalo could not be stopped in midfield and played the perfect pass to Malli, who found Origi for an easy finish (54’).

Determined Wolfsburg decide the match

Wolfsburg were the dominant team in the second half and extended the lead. From a Brekalo set piece, defender Robin Knoche jumped higher than Meré and headed the ball against the inner side of the far post to score past a powerless Horn (71’). Then Ruthenbeck reacted and substituted Yuya Osako in for Pizarro (72’). However, FC could not come back and the more target-oriented hosts scored again in added time when Brekalo hit the bottom right corner.

FC finish last

1. FC Köln finish last in the standings and will have to continue in the second division next season. The goal is clear: direct promotion after just one year.

Match Details

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh (16’ Gerhardt), Knoche, Brooks, William – Guilavogui – Malli (84’ Rexhebecaj), Arnold – Steffen (71’ Blaszykowski), Brekalo – Origi

1. FC Köln: T. Horn – Risse, Meré, Heintz, J. Horn (15’ Bittencourt) – Höger, J. Hector –Jojic (63’ Clemens), Koziello – Terodde, Pizarro (72’ Osako)

Goals: 1-0 Guilavogui (1’, William), 1-1 J. Hector (32’, Jojic), 2-1 Origi (54’, Malli), 3-1 Knoche (71’ Brekalo), 4-1 Brekalo (90’, Guilavogui)

Yellow cards: Stefen (59’), Arnold (78’) | Koziello (69’), J. Hector (70’), Meré (89’)

Referee: Markus Schmidt

Attendance: 26,100

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
14 1. FSV Mainz 05 18
15 1. FC Köln 17
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 15