Bundesliga: Cologne deserves a 3-1 win at Hertha

As of: January 9th, 2022 5:44 p.m.

Almost relegated last season – now FC can dream of Europe. At the beginning of the second half of the season, Cologne deservedly won in Berlin, Hertha is stuck further down.

The Berliners could have avoided the 1: 3 (0: 2) defeat, especially in the early stages of the game. Tayfun Korkut’s team started powerfully and had two great chances to take the lead through Myziane Maolida, who narrowly missed the guest goal (9th minute), and Marco Richter after a cross from Davie Selke (12th).

Woke up after 20 minutes

Apparently, the Cologne team needed these two wake-up calls, because after just under 20 minutes they were also attacking one or the other time in the Hertha penalty area. Louis Schaub failed because of the strongly reacting Alexander Schwolow (19th), shortly afterwards Anthony Modeste missed the 1-0 with a robust long-range shot.

When Maolida negligently missed another top opportunity for Berlin in the 28th minute in front of Marvin Schwänke, the penalty followed immediately: Modeste in his inimitable way headed a perfectly timed Uth flank past Schwolow, which this time had no chance.

Huge gaps in the Hertha defense

And Cologne immediately increased it: Just two minutes later, Ondrej Duda took advantage of the next ailment of the repeatedly overwhelmed Berlin defense and scored 2-0 with a dropkick from the edge of the penalty area.

Shortly before the break, Modeste could have made it 3-0 twice. At first he mistakenly thought he was offside and therefore refused a header at the six-yard box. Then he tried from the best position with a flick, which Schwolow was still able to defuse.

Connection through Darida

In the second round the Berlin tried again with more commitment, but remained susceptible to the counterattack of the Cologne. At one point, however, FC didn’t really pay attention either: in the 57th minute, Schwänke calculated a free-kick from Vladimir Darida that was thought to be a cross and let the ball slide into the far corner – the hosts were back out of nowhere.

To earn the balance, Hertha remained too harmless in the forward movement. And the defense continued to wobble: Schwolow had to clear a completely unsuccessful back pass from Niklas Stark in the 67th minute with his hand to prevent an own goal. The resulting indirect free kick hit Uth from seven meters on goal, but Schwolow made himself big and was able to fend off the ball with one hand while flying blind.

Decision by Thielmann

There was hardly anything compelling from Berlin until the end, only the substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng caused danger again in the 90th minute with a down on Richter, but he just missed the Cologne goal. A counterattack by Jan Thielmann in the third minute of stoppage time after Darida lost the ball then brought the final decision for FC.

The Berliners will now have the chance to make amends next Saturday (January 15th, 22nd) at VfL Wolfsburg. Cologne can continue to work on its European dream against FC Bayern Munich at the same time.

Those: sportschau.de


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