Professionals | 24/01/2020

5:1 loss

FC defeat in Dortmund

1. FC Köln’s winning run came to an end on Friday evening at Signal Iduna Park after a 5:1 defeat. Mark Uth’s first goal for FC was the main positive from the game.

Team news

For both Lucien Favre and Markus Gisdol, the two managers opted for unchanged sides. Favre named the same team that beat FC Augsburg, and that was the same case for Gisdol after the victory against Wolfsburg.

Disappointing start

Things couldn’t have gotten off to a much worse start from an FC perspective. Jadon Sancho found space out on the right hand side and came into the penalty box to find Raphael Guerreiro at the back post to slam home inside the first minute.

Jan Thielmann offered an immediate response after he was picked out by Mark Uth, yet his shot went wide from the edge of the area. Dortmund then thought they had been awarded a penalty after Sebastiaan Bornauw won the ball from Achraf Hakimi; confused ensued as VAR then gave a free-kick, which was expertly tipped over by Timo Horn. Mats Hummels then hit the bar with a header.

However, it didn’t take too long for Dortmund to find the net as Marco Reus converted from Mats Hummels pass. While the initial decision was offside, it was correctly ruled onside moments later and the deficit was doubled. While Gisdol’s men attempted to try and find a way back into the game, it was Timo Horn who made a fine save with his legs to deny Thorgan Hazard when through on goal.

Brief hope halted

Jhon Cordoba almost gave FC the immediate jumpstart they needed in the second half, only to hit the post and then be called back for offside. Only moments later, Jadon Sancho broke into the box and rifled into the roof of the net past Timo Horn to make it three. The mountain that FC would have to climb only got steeper.

However, from there, it seemed to free up Gisdol’s side. Mark Uth was denied twice in quick succession but it would be third time lucky for the Köln-born forward. After a corner was cleared, Kingsley Ehizibue lifted the ball back into the box and Uth rifled into the far corner to open his account in style.

Unfortunately, that was as good as it got. Erling Haaland came off the bench to continue his remarkable scoring run. First, the Norwegian fired home from close range after Timo Horn’s double save and then pounced late on to round Horn and curl into an empty net on the angle. Elvis Rexhbecaj did come off the bench to make his debut late on.

FC’s next game is nine days away. Markus Gisdol’s men will next take to the pitch when they take on SC Freiburg on Sunday afternoon at the RheinEnergieSTADION.


Borussia Dortmund (3-4-3): Bürki – Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji – Hakimi, Witsel, Brandt, Guerreiro – Hazard (Haaland 65’), Reus (Dahoud 80’), Sancho (Reyna 89’).

1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): Horn – Ehizibue (Modeste 74’), Bornauw, Czichos, Katterbach – Skhiri, Hector – Thielmann (Kainz 46’), Uth (Rexhbecaj 79’), Jakobs – Cordoba.

Goals: 1:0, Guerreiro 1’. 2:0, Reus 29’. 3:0, Sancho 48’. 3:1, Uth 65’. 4:1, Haaland 77’. 5:1, Haaland 87’.

Referee: Harm Osmers (Hannover).

Bookings: Bornauw (13’), Witsel (38’),

Attendance: 81,365 (sold-out).

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131. FC Köln26
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