Markus Gisdol makes two changes to the FC side that started the last game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Ismail Jakobs and Marius Wolf started the match in place of Dominick Drexler and Frederik Sörensen.
As for Eintracht Frankfurt and Adi Hütter, the Frankfurt head coach opted for the same side that secured the comeback 2:1 win over Hoffenheim before the international break.
The first 20 minutes of the first half provided little in the way of chances for either side. Frankfurt were the team that seen more of the ball and were trying to force their way through a stoic FC defence. Rafael Czichos made a few important interceptions before Sebastian Andersson’s header forced Kevin Trapp into a routine save at the near post.
In the latter stages of the half, things began to brighten up. Ismail Jakobs almost picked out Marius Wolf at the back post before David Abraham nodded off target from Daichi Kamada’s corner. There would, however, be a late goal to end the first half. Kamada was fouled in the box and Sven Jablonski pointed to the spot after consulting with VAR. André Silva stepped up and converted confidently.
Frankfurt almost added to their lead after the break but Kamada fired off target from close range. FC made the most of the miss and scored a superb equaliser. Kingsley Ehizibue and Marius Wolf exchanged passes before the former clipped an excellent cross to the back post. Ondrej Duda came steaming in and produced a measured finish to find a way past Kevin Trapp.
Duda managed to get in position again to direct the ball towards goals, though Trapp produced a flying save to push his diving header over the crossbar. Timo Horn had to be alert to deny Bas Dost after a quick counter, with Almamy Toure heading narrowly over the crossbar moments later. Ismail Jakobs then almost swept home the second goal while on the floor having missed the initial header.
A late back and forth developed but Anthony Modeste’s late volley from range was the closest either side came. FC will next be in action against VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena on Friday evening. Kick-off is at 20:30 CEST.
1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): T. Horn – Ehizibue (Schmitz 83’), Bornauw, Czichos, J. Horn – Skhiri, Rexhbecaj – Wolf, Duda (Özcan 73’), Jakobs – Andersson (Modeste 89’).
Eintracht Frankfurt (3-5-2): Trapp – Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger – Toure, Ilsanker, Kamada, Rode, Zuber (Younes 69‘) – Dost, Silva (Barkok 86‘).
Goals: 0:1, Silva PEN 45+1‘. 1:1, Duda 51‘.
Referee: Sven Jablonski (Bremen).
Booked: Ehizibue (15‘), Hasebe (18‘), Rexhbecaj (54‘), J. Horn (64’), Younes (88’).
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