Open mask in Cologne: Leipzig only with a tie
Referee Felix Brych (Munich) checked a goal through video evidence four times, including leading Cologne via Anthony Modeste (56) – he was already the fourth goal of the season for the French. Amadou Haidara (71.) scored soon after to equalize.
After three consecutive defeats, including violent bankruptcies against Bayern Munich (1:4) and Manchester City (3:6), Leipzig scored at least once again. But Cologne’s team is better than the title candidate, with eight points, and coach Stephen Baumgart’s team is sixth at the moment.
Marsh said his team had “learned a lot” from their recent defeats, “we are disappointed”, but the level was also high – he saw a great opportunity in Cologne: “We can find our rhythm here and now”.
And his team did a lot for it. Although Cologne attacked as aggressively as always under Baumgart, right-back RB was more dangerous at the start. Dominic Zuboszlai scored in the fifth minute, but it was just offside and the rhythm continued.
Christopher Nkunko’s shot rebounded to the post (8), then Timo Horn had to neutralize Cologne’s goal in quick succession against Nkunko (14) and Zubuszlai (17). Leipzig could lead a long time ago – and so did Cologne. Ondrej Duda’s shot hit the crossbar after just 11 minutes.
The number of big chances now decreased somewhat, but the very fast match continued to fall, the Cologne team met then: Mark Uth completed, but Modesty was sidelined (37).
The second half started like the first, but with the opposite sign: FC pressed and chances were created every minute. Dudas Schuss wurde entschärft (48.), Modestes Kopfball strich vorbei (49.), dann wurde sein Abseitstor abgepfiffen – und auch die Führung sollte zunächst nicht zählen: Brych hatte in der In derin Entbilstehung e Stbilstehungs Video no longer.
Only now right-back has RB found his way back into the game and his control. Substitute Emil Forsberg (67), scored the return whistle here too, but there was nothing to complain about Hydara’s header. It remained a fast paced game with many opportunities. (master/calo)