Professionals | 08/02/2019

Cordoba hat-trick

FC get back to winning ways against St. Pauli

1. FC Köln came away with all three points against FC St. Pauli on Friday evening at the RheinEnergieSTADION. Jhon Cordoba grabbed a superb hat-trick after almost two months without a home game. His efforts sandwiched an Alex Meier equaliser for the visitors, though Simon Terodde added the icing on the cake to make it 4:1 at the close.

Jonas Hector slotted straight back into the FC starting line-up following his suspension, as he replaced Niklas Hauptmann. Markus Anfang’s other alteration from the game in Berlin saw Christian Clemens make his first start since injury, with Marcel Risse dropping to the bench.

Markus Kauczinski made five changes to his St. Pauli side that came away with a 3:2 win against Union Berlin. Svend Brodersen, Justin Hoogma, Christopher Buchtmann, Luca-Milan Zander and Jeremy Dudziak came into the starting line-up with Robin Himmelmann, Daniel Buballa, Johannes Flum, Mats Möller Daehli and Waldemar Sobota dropping out.

Meier answers Cordoba

FC started the game as they had promised, and were keen to get an early goal against the visitors from Hamburg. Dominick Drexler had a penalty appeal waved away for the second week in succession, while Johannes Geis brought the best out of Svend Brodersen from a dipping 30-yard free-kick. Simon Terodde also glanced a header wide, as the pressure ramped up on St. Pauli.

Sami Allagui then gave FC a wake-up call midway through the half, as a long ball forward from Jan-Philipp Kalla picked out the Tunisian forward but he could only find the side-netting. Markus Anfang’s men responded in kind with a huge chance of their own, as Jhon Cordoba latched onto a wayward back pass. Unfortunately for the striker, Brodersen got enough behind the ball to save.

However, Cordoba won’t be denied for long. The initial corner was headed towards goal by Rafael Czichos, and Simon Terodde deflected it onto the bar with an instinctive toe-poke. The ball dropped kindly for Cordoba, who prodded home from close-range. The joy was to be short-lived, as St. Pauli got level inside six minutes. Timo Horn did well to save the first header from Sami Allagui, but was powerless as Alex Meier stabbed home the rebound.

Simon Terodde and Dominick Drexler almost grabbed late goals in added time, yet Brodersen was proving to be a tricky customer in goal. He spilled the first effort from Drexler, only to produce a special one-handed effort to deny Terodde at the second time of asking.

Cordoba crowns his hat-trick

FC started the second half as they did the first, but they would be rewarded in much more timely fashion. Johannes Geis spotted the run of Christian Clemens and produced a superb ball from inside his own half to set the return winger free. Clemens spotted the late run of Jhon Cordoba into the area, who swept past the helpless Brodersen from 16 yards to restore FC’s lead.

The Colombian was far from finished and in front of a fired up Südkurve, he was able to strike again. It was again Johannes Geis who instigated things, with his free-kick inch-perfect for Cordoba to nod home his third of the game. While the mood was good, St. Pauli almost left another sting in the tail. This time, the defence managed to clear after Timo Horn had made a superb save to claw the ball off the line.

FC were in control of the game from that point and only looked like extending the lead. St. Pauli had trouble creating any real chances of note, while Cordoba continued to spearhead the FC line. He was again denied by Brodersen as he went in search of a fourth goal. Terodde and Drexler were also looking threatening going forward, but were similarly thwarted by the stand-in St. Pauli stopper.

A superb performance from FC was crowned by Simon Terodde’s 23rd league goal of the season, as Markus Anfang’s side ran out 4:1 winners. Terodde swept home Benno Schmitz's cross to put the victory beyond any reasonable doubt. The result means FC move back into second place, a point behind HSV. It’s a trip to Paderborn next up for FC.

Line-ups

1. FC Köln (3-5-2): Horn; Schmitz, Meré, Czichos; Clemens (Sobiech 74'), Drexler (Nartey 90'), Geis, Kainz, Hector; Terodde (Hauptmann 86'), Cordoba.

FC St. Pauli (5-2-1-2): Brodersen; Zander, Carstens, Avevor, Hoogma, Kalla (Miyaichi 63'); Knoll, Dudziak; Buchtmann (Möller Daehli 71'); Allagui, Meier (Schneider 79’).

Goals: 1:0, Cordoba 32’. 1:1, Meier 38’. 2:1, Cordoba 52’. 3:1, Cordoba 58’. 4:1, Terodde 85'.

Referee: Sören Storks (Velen).

Bookings: Carstens (47’), Cordoba (54').

Attendance: 50,000 (sold-out).

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2 1. FC Union Berlin 40
3 1. FC Köln 39
4 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 38

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