Club | 14/09/2016

Wednesday Wisdom

Polster the difference

1. FC Köln will host SC Freiburg at the RheinEnergieSTADION on Friday evening. About 22 years ago FC and Freiburg engaged in a match to remember.

The 1. FC Köln 1993/94 Bundesliga season was up-and-down to say the least. Morten Olsen’s FC team found themselves in 14th place when they traveled to Breisgau on Matchday 22 to take on SC Freiburg. One of the main reasons for FC’s difficulties at the time was the extended injury of main attacking threat Toni Polster. FC won just a single game in which Polster was not playing. Meanwhile, SC Freiburg were level on points with FC at this stage of the season, but a superior goal difference allowed Freiburg to place two spots higher on the table.

Eventful start

Six goals, two red cards, and a penalty: the fans at the Freiburger Dreisamstadion had plenty of talking points on that day. Following a foul on Horst Heldt, it was the ever-important Toni Polster that stepped up to take the penalty. The FC Striker sent Freiburg Goalkeeper Jörg Schmadtke the wrong way and emphatically put the visitors in the lead. Then just 20 minutes in to the match, Freiburg player Aleksandr Borodyuk was sent off. Heldt capitalized on the advantage and increased the FC lead with a well-placed header. 

The tide turns

Just after halftime it was Ralf Kohl and Altin Rraklli that put the hosts level with FC within a span of minutes. If the match had ended there Rraklli would surely have been saluted, but his destiny on this day caused more pain than gain for his club. Whatever he said to the assistant referee must have been deemed worthy of strong punishment because Rraklli ended up getting sent off and Freiburg had to continue the match with nine men. 

Polster again

With a two man advantage the tide had clearly turned back in favor of FC. Stefan Kohn scored the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute before Polster closed the match off with FC’s fourth goal in the 89th to secure a critical win on the road. Polster went on to score a further six goals before the end of the season as FC ended up in 11th place. An impressive stat of 17 goals in 25 matches was enough for Polster to land in third place of the goalscorer rankings despite his injury layoff. 

Match Details

Date: 19 February 1994

Starters: Bodo Ilgner, Frank Greiner, Kim Christofte, Patrick Weiser, Alfons Higl, Ralf Hauptmann, Stefan Kohn, Olaf Janssen, Rico Steinmann, Toni Polster, Horst Heldt

Head Coach: Morten Olsen

Goals: 0-1 Polster (8’), 0-2 Heldt (27’), 1-2 Kohl (52’), 2-2 Rraklli (55’), 2-3 Kohn (79’), 2-4 Polster (89’)

Attendance: 15,000

The German version of this text will appear in Issue 2 of the 2016/17 Geißbockecho. 


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