Professionals | 16/02/2020

1:4 loss

Defeat to Bayern

1. FC Köln fell to a 4:1 defeat against FC Bayern Munich on Sunday afternoon at the RheinEnergieSTADION. Mark Uth’s goal was a consolation and just reward for an improved second half but a Bayern blitz in the first 12 minutes made it a mountain for FC to climb.

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Markus Gisdol opted for the same side that secured a 4:0 win over SC Freiburg in the last home game. That meant that Ismail Jakobs was fit in time to take his place in the starting team.

As for Bayern and Hansi Flick, he made just one alteration following their 0:0 draw against RB Leipzig. Kingsley Coman came into the team, replacing Leon Goretzka in midfield.

Bayern start strongly

Things didn’t to plan right from the off for FC. After just three minutes, Thomas Müller cleverly fed Robert Lewandowski and the Polish forward thundered home from 12 yards, leaving Timo Horn with no chance. Bayern doubled their lead 120 seconds later, with Müller again the provider. He found Coman free in front of goal, and managed to coolly slot home.

Bayern tested Timo Horn again as he beat away Joshua Kimmich’s effort from the edge of the area. However, he was unsighted as Serge Gnabry was able to bring down a corner and fire into the bottom corner to make it 3:0. Jhon Cordoba and the FC bench were, however, were annoyed as the Colombian’s foot appeared to be clipped by Kimmich. Felix Zwayer was quick to wave away the appeals.

On a day where FC were hard pressed for positives, an injury to Noah Katterbach midway through the opening period wasn’t how it was going to improve. The left-back limped off to warm applause, with Florian Kainz his replacement. Bayern almost found a fourth with all the commotion going on. Gnabry rounded Timo Horn, but saw his effort come back off the crossbar.

The visitors continued to dominate and had further chances before the break. Joshua Kimmich cracked a shot off the upright after a quickly-taken free-kick, while Horn was quick off his line to prevent Gnabry from going through on goal. Thomas Müller almost added a goal for himself just before the half-time whistle, yet he fired over from a smart cutback.

FC fight back and show their worth

From the start of the second-half, FC were a different team. It had seemed that Jhon Cordoba had scored for his seventh home game in a row, as he tapped in at the back post. The teams made their way to the half-way line, only for the Video Assistant Referee to call it back for offside. There was yet more disappointment minutes later, when another Cordoba goal was called back for offside.

Despite Markus Gisdol’s men being the better side in the second half, it was Bayern who struck first. Serge Gnabry picked up the ball after a cross-field pass and cut inside to curl one inside the far post. A bitter blow after a superb 20 minutes. However, not to be deterred, Mark Uth was on hand to tap in Florian Kainz’s cross at the back post and reduce the arrears four minutes later.

Manuel Neuer made two huge saves to deny Jhon Cordoba and Anthony Modeste late on, as Sebastiaan Bornauw headed over. The only negative of the second half was a yellow card for the Belgian, who will miss next week’s match.
1. FC Köln’s next game is against Hertha BSC at the Olympiastadion on Saturday afternoon.

Line-ups

1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): Horn – Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Katterbach (Kainz 29’) – Skhiri, Hector – Drexler, Uth, Jakobs (Schmitz 71’) – Cordoba (Modeste 80’).

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Pavard, Boateng (Hernandez 46‘), Alaba, Davies – Thiago, Kimmich (Tolisso 57‘) – Gnabry, Müller, Coman (Goretzka 79‘) – Lewandowski.

Goals: 0:1, Lewandowski 3’. 0:2, Coman 5’. 0:3, Gnabry 12’. 0:4, Gnabry 66’. 1:4, Uth 70’.

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin).

Bookings: Boateng (28’), Thiago (49’), Bornauw (78’), Pavard (82’).

Attendance: 50,000 (sold-out).

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