As a result of Jhon Cordoba’s injury, Peter Stöger brought on Simon Zoller in attack. This was the only change in comparison to his side against RB Leipzig.
FC had a strong start into the match, but Osako could not hit the target after an accurate Klünter delivery. Stuttgart also had an early shot when Donis missed the woodwork by inches (11’). Stöger’s men pressed regularly against the VfB build-up play, which led to scoring chances. Still, Osako could not beat Zieler after a sublime combination with Rausch and Zoller on the right flank (18’), who also could not score from within the penalty area just minutes later (25’).
FC continued to create chances but could not find the back of the net. Captain Lehmann bent it goalwards from range to force Zieler to make a fingertip save (28’). The hosts came back and Badstuber headed his opportunity just wide (35’). Minutes later Donis was denied by a brilliant Horn save just before Brekalo headed the ball against another defender (36’). 2 minutes later VfB made the most of their next chance as Donis finally got past Horn after a fine Terodde delivery on a counter attack (38’). As a result, FC were again the better side, but one goal down at halftime.
Peter Stöger reacted at the half by bringing on Claudio Pizarro in place of Salih Özcan. The hosts defended numerously now and FC struggled hard to get through the VfB back four. Hence, the hosts had the first chance of the second half, but Brekalo was bested by Horn (55’).
Heintz levels and FC are denied a penalty
Stöger risked everything and brought on further substitutes Sehrou Guirassy and Tim Handwerker for Milos Jojic and Konstantin Rausch. The reward came almost instantly: Dominique Heintz received the ball at the edge of the box and bent it emphatically into the top left corner (77’). Just before the end of the 90 minutes substitute Guirassy was tripped up in the box. The referee pointed at the spot, but after a long review with the VAR, the decision was questionably reversed. A minute later Stuttgart were lucky as Akolo’s innocuous finish took a decisive deflection to decide the match in favor of the hosts.
Werder at home
Next week 1. FC Köln will host SV Werder Bremen on Sunday, 22 October (13:30) at the RheinEnergieSTADION.
VfB Stuttgart: Zieler – Baumgartl, Badstuber, Kaminski (18’ Beck) – Mangala, Aogo – Ascacibar, Pavard – Brekalo (61’ Akolo), Donis (80’ Ginczek) – Terodde
1. FC Köln: T. Horn – Klünter, Sorensen, Heintz, Rausch (72’ Handwerker) – Jojic (66’ Guirassy), Özcan (46’ Pizarro), M. Lehmann, Bittencourt – Osako – Zoller
Goals: 1-0 Donis (38’, Terodde), 1-1 Heintz (77’), 2-1 Akolo (90’, Beck)
Yellow cards: Ascacibar (85’), Akolo (90’) | Sorensen (33’), Rausch (63’), Klünter (75’)
Referee: Benjamin Cortus
Attendance: 58,716 (sold out)