Professionals | 13/05/2019

Bundesliga return

1. FC Köln 3:5 Jahn Regensburg: 2. Bundesliga champions

Despite a 3:5 defeat to Jahn Regensburg, 1. FC Köln were able to celebrate their promotion back to the Bundesliga in front of the fans in the RheinEnergieSTADION. Despite a brace from Jonas Hector and Anthony Modeste, 10-man FC fell just short.

André Pawlak opted for no alterations to the line-up that secured the league title and promotion in the 0:4 win over Greuther Fürth on Monday.

Achim Beierlorzer made four changes to the starting eleven that lost 1:3 to Erzgebirge Aue last weekend. Philipp Pentke, Asger Sörensen, Andreas Geipl and Sebastian Stolze started in place of Andre Weis, Marcel Correia, Adrian Fein (bench) and Jann George (suspended).

First-half to forget

FC started similarly to the game against Fürth, as they came forward in waves. Jhon Cordoba fired just wide before being denied by Philipp Pentke, and the Jahn ‘keeper also managed to beat away Louis Schaub’s follow-up. Despite the good start, André Pawlak’s men found themselves behind after seven minutes. A corner from Andreas Geipl was flicked goalwards by Rafael Czichos, and found a way in at the near post past Timo Horn.

Unfortunately for FC, those opening five minutes were as good as it got. Jahn came close again several times as Benno Schmitz and Marco Höger both put in goal-saving blocks, and the same can be said for Jorge Meré’s tackle on Hamid Al Ghaddioui. However, no-one could halt Sebastian Stolze’s run and shot which ended up striking the post. Sargis Adamyan then finished off the rebound.

When it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse, they did. Jhon Cordoba was sent off after an altercation with Al Ghaddioui. Despite the protestations of the FC players, Dr. Robert Kampka stood by his decision and awarded the spot-kick. Al Ghaddioui kept his cool amongst the chaos to slot home from 12 yards and send Timo Horn the wrong way.

FC mount a fightback

The second-half began slowly, but from the 65th minute onwards – it was anything but. Jonas Hector nodded home from a corner to reduce the deficit to 1:3, but the celebrations were quickly cut short. Sargis Adamyan grabbed his second of the game after getting free at the back post and looping the ball over Horn and into the back of the net.

However, five minutes later, there was more hope for FC. Simon Terodde managed to get through on goal before being brought down by Philipp Pentke, but Jonas Hector was on hand to fire into the back of the net and reduce the deficit further. Then came Anthony Modeste from the bench in between times, and he was ready and waiting for fire home at the back post to set up a grandstand finish.

FC should have had a penalty for a handball but Robert Kampka remained unmoved. Then came the killer blow. Timo Horn had pushed up for a corner and couldn’t get back in time to prevent Jonas Föhrenbach from erasing any hopes of a late, great comeback.

FC were then presented with the Meisterschale and were able to celebrate promotion with the Frauen, who sealed their return to the FLYERALARM-Frauen-Bundesliga with a 2:1 win over 1. FC Saarbrücken. The first-team travel to Magdeburg next Sunday for their final game of the season.


1. FC Köln (4-1-4-1): Horn – Schmitz, Meré, Czichos, Hector – Höger (Lehmann 46‘) – Risse (Terodde 46‘), Schaub, Drexler, Kainz (Modeste 68‘) – Cordoba.

Jahn Regensburg (4-4-2): Pentke – Saller, Nachreiner, Sörensen, Föhrenbach – Stolze (Fein 52‘), Geipl (Freis 66‘), Thalhammer, Adamyan (Nietfeld 88‘) – Al Ghaddioui, Grüttner.

Goals: 0:1, Czichos OG 7‘. 0:2, Adamyan 34‘. 0:3, Al Ghaddioui 45+5’. 1:3, Hector 65’. 1:4, Adamyan 68’. 2:4, Hector 73’. 3:4, Modeste 76’. 3:5, Föhrenbach 90’.

Referee: Dr. Robert Kampka (Mainz).

Bookings: Höger (42’), Hector (45+2’), Al Ghaddioui (48’), Meré (56’), Modeste (71’), Drexler (83’), Grüttner (88’).

Sent-off: Cordoba (45+3).

Attendance: 50,000 (sold-out).

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
12 1. FC Union Berlin 20
13 1. FC Köln 20
14 Hertha BSC 19