Professionals | 16/04/2022

3:1 win in Gladbach

Derbysieger FC!

1. FC Köln secured bragging rights in the Rheinland thanks to a 3:1 derby victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Anthony Modeste, Florian Kainz and Dejan Ljubicic scored inside the first 34 minutes to put FC in control. Breel Embolo’s late consolation mattered little to the traveling fans.

Team news

Adi Hütter opted for two alterations after the comfortable win against SpVgg Greuther Fürth last Saturday. Rami Bensebaini and Jonas Hofmann replaced Joe Scally and Marcus Thuram.

Steffen Baumgart made three changes to the side that started the comeback win against 1. FSV Mainz 05 last weekend. Timo Hübers, Salih Özcan and Dejan Ljubicic replaced Jeff Chabot, Jannes Horn and Ondrej Duda.

Three of the best at the break

The game couldn’t have gotten off to a better start from an FC perspective. After just five minutes, a quick move forward ended up with Florian Kainz firing a low cross into the box. Anthony Modeste had space but didn’t need it, sweeping a fine first-touch finish past Yann Sommer and into the bottom corner. It was the Frenchman’s 16th goal of the season and first in four derbies.

Gladbach then brought a first save from Marvin Schwäbe, as he sprawled low to his left to deny Breel Embolo. After Kainz curled wide and the final ball was missing on the two resulting counters, it was third time lucky. Another excellent move saw Dejan Ljubicic pick out Mark Uth and his clever cutback found the ongoing Kainz to ruthlessly fire home and double the lead after 20 minutes.

The hosts almost got one back moments later as Jonas Hofmann’s clever effort went just wide of the post. Whilst Gladbach were passing up chances, FC remained ruthless. Kainz won the ball back and managed to find Uth, who immediately sprayed a superb pass into the path of Ljubicic. The Austrian international kept his cool and rattled into the bottom corner. Three-nil after 34 minutes. That was how it stayed until the break.

Uneventful second-half

The second period began with a double switch from Gladbach, as Christoph Kramer and Luca Netz replaced Florian Neuhaus and Stefan Lainer. The game was, somewhat expectedly, very open as the hosts were forced to chase the game. They had a series of shots blocked after Jonas Hector’s header went wide at the other end. Hofmann again had an excellent chance to get Hütter’s side on the board, again his shot was off the mark.

FC had openings to add a fourth but Modeste and Ellyes Skhiri both fired straight at Sommer. Gladbach did eventually manage to get on the board after Breel Embolo slotted past Marvin Schwäbe. Tim Lemperle and Louis Schaub could have responded in kind, only to narrowly fire wide from promising positions. However, it didn’t matter. FC were Derbysieger once more.

FC ended Saturday evening in sixth place, with Union Berlin and Hoffenheim both playing on Sunday. Baumgart’s men are next in action on Saturday 23rd April against Arminia Bielefeld. The game takes place at the RheinEnergieSTADION at 15:30 CEST.


Borussia Mönchengladbach (3-4-3): Sommer – Ginter (Scally 38‘), Elvedi, Beyer – Lainer (Netz 46‘), Neuhaus (Kramer 46‘), Koné (Benes 71‘, Stindl 75‘), Bensebaini – Hofmann, Embolo, Plea.

1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): Schwäbe – Ehizibue (Schmitz 80‘), Kilian, Hübers, Hector – Skhiri, Özcan – Ljubicic (Schaub 80‘), Uth (Duda 80‘), Kainz (Thielmann 61‘) – Modeste (Lemperle 90+2‘).

Goals: 0:1, Modeste 5‘. 0:2, Kainz 20‘. 0:3, Ljubicic 34‘. 1:3, Embolo 85‘.

Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach).

Booked: Koné (45’), Plea (65’), Hector (69’), Hübers (72’), Elvedi (86’).

Attendance: 54.042 (sold-out).

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6Sport-Club Freiburg55
71. FC Köln52
81. FSV Mainz 0546