Lots of chances and a very late hit: 1. FC Köln saved themselves with a win against Schalke 04 in the relegation – and can continue to hope for relegation. Riots around the stadium, with attacks against police officers, overshadowed the sporting news.
The rescuer was very busy in the last few minutes. First, Sebastiaan Bornauw redeemed 1. FC Köln with his late goal (86th) against relegated Schalke 04, with a wild tackle he secured the necessary 1-0 (0-0) victory a little later – and was his after the final whistle Teammates then celebrated as the hero of Müngersdorf. Due to the success on the last day of the game, FC prevented relegation for the time being and still managed to get a relegation place.
“I think that was the most important goal of my career, it was just different today,” said the unerring defender from Belgium on Sky: “But when we saw the thousands of fans in front of the stadium, we just had to go into this game and it win.”
FC jumped from penultimate to 16th place because Werder Bremen lost 2: 4 (0: 1) to their big Cologne rival Borussia Mönchengladbach. “It was a real rollercoaster ride of emotions,” said Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn: “We had an incredible number of chances, we took an incredible number of risks.”
Friedhelm Funkel, who was brought in to replace coach Markus Gisdol in mid-April, may still be able to successfully complete his rescue mission in relegation. There it goes on Wednesday (6.30 p.m.) and Saturday (6.00 p.m.) against the third of the 2nd Bundesliga – Sunday decides who will be: VfL Bochum, Holstein Kiel or SpVgg Greuther Fürth. “We’ll look at it,” said Horn, “now we have to recover quickly, knock everything out in the 180 minutes and keep FC in the league.”
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Several hundred fans had greeted the FC with loud singing and pyrotechnics at the stadium, before the game it was peaceful, but in the emotional final phase the mood partially changed. A group of fans stood close together and lit pyrotechnics, a spokesman for the Cologne police confirmed SID. The emergency services then decided to push the group away from the stadium. At that moment, bottles were thrown “from the group” at the police.
In the stadium, FC had taken control from the start, but Schalke’s defense with Shkodran Mustafi and Salif Sane was initially safe. Cologne increased the pressure in the middle of the first round, Benno Schmitz (23rd) failed because of S04 keeper Ralf Fährmann. The additional shots got stuck in the Schalke defense.
Even after the break, Cologne started again with verve – and almost took the lead. Captain Jonas Hector failed because of the attentive ferryman (48th). Only a little later, Marius Wolf (52nd) and again Hector (72nd) did not get the ball past the Schalke goalkeeper.
A goal from Sebastian Andersson (70th) already seemed to bring redemption, but because of an alleged foul play he was disallowed after video evidence – accompanied by loud protests from Cologne. However, the FC still did not open up and threw everything forward. Bornauw then hit after a cross from substitute Jan Thielmann with a head.