Professionals | 19/05/2019

Terodde on target

1. FC Magdeburg 1:1 1. FC Köln: Draw to end the season

Despite an early effort from Simon Terodde, 1. FC Köln were unable to secure a final day victory away at 1. FC Magdeburg on Sunday afternoon. A packed MDCC-Arena saw Felix Lohkemper level the scores in a game where both sides could and should have scored more.

Michael Oenning opted for two alterations from the team that were relegated against Union Berlin on Sunday.  Aleksandar Ignjovski and Marius Bülter weren’t in the squad as Björn Rother and Marcel Costly were handed starts in their places.

André Pawlak made seven changes to the FC side that lost to Jahn Regensburg last weekend. Thomas Kessler, Matthias Bader, Lasse Sobiech, Johannes Geis, Salih Özcan, Niklas Hauptmann and Simon Terodde came into the starting line-up as Timo Horn, Benno Schmitz, Jorge Meré, Marco Höger, Marcel Risse, Dominick Drexler and Jhon Cordoba dropped out.

Terodde strikes early on

As was expected, the game began in furious fashion. Magdeburg had two good, early openings but neither Rico Preißinger or Christian Beck could find the target. FC duly punished them at the first time of asking. Florian Kainz managed to pick out the perfect cross to the back post for Simon Terodde, who rise highest to send the ball into the corner from where it came.

The chances didn’t stop there, with both sides keen to capitalise on the perfect footballing conditions. Magdeburg went close again when Tarek Chahed met a well-taken corner, only to head over from six yards. FC weren’t letting off either, especially with Terodde in the hunt for the 2. Bundesliga record. He was denied by Giorgi Loria as Louis Schaub fired over after a tidy move.

The first-half came to a close on a somewhat quiet note, but two big chances at either end almost caused reason for celebration. Marcel Costly nearly scored from 25 yards, but his swerving 25-yard drive that went crashing back out off the crossbar. Simon Terodde thought he had managed to add a second goal to his tally, yet saw his low effort chalked off for offside.

Lohkemper levels

The second-half saw Terodde move from scorer to provider, as the striker cleverly turned the ball into Louis Schaub’s path. His delightful dink would fall just wide. It was then Magdeburg’s turn to punish FC for not taking their chances. A big part of that was down to Rico Preißinger’s precise through ball, as he managed to find Felix Lohkemper to slot past Thomas Kessler’s outstretched legs.

After a small delay after a coming together from the two sets of fans, the game got back underway. Things were severely disjointed following the incident, as neither team could get going again. Florian Kainz’s shot that flew wide and Johannes Geis’ volley that edged narrowly past the right. Magdeburg almost found Christian Beck in the middle but were missing that final key touch.

Giorgi Loria was then forced off with injury in the last few minutes with both sides searching for a winner, but it wasn’t to be. FC end the season with 63 points as champions, while Magdeburg slip back 3. Liga. FC will be enjoying Bundesliga football once more next campaign.


1. FC Magdeburg (3-4-2-1): Loria (Brunst 81‘) – Müller, Erdmann, Perthel – Chahed, Hammann, Rother (Weil 73‘), Preißinger – Costly (Butzen 49‘), Lohkemper – Beck.

1. FC Köln (4-1-4-1): Kessler – Bader, Sobiech, Czichos (Sörensen 82‘), Hector – Geis – Schaub, Hauptmann (Koziello 65‘), Özcan, Kainz (Höger 77‘) – Terodde.

Goals: 0:1, Terodde 3‘. 1:1, Lohkemper 54‘.

Referee: Sven Waschitzki (Essen).

Bookings: Sobiech (28’), Schaub (34’), Müller (34’), Rother (52‘).

Attendance: 18,902 (sold-out).

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121. FC Union Berlin26
131. FC Köln26
14Hertha BSC26