Professionals | 09/03/2019

Terodde hat-trick

FC go four points clear with win against Arminia

1. FC Köln maintained their winning form and stretched their lead at the top of the table once again as Simon Terodde’s hat-trick helped them to a 5:1 win over Arminia Biefeled. Dominick Drexler opened the scoring and Jhon Cordoba came up with a special third goal. Andreas Voglsammer scored a late consolation for the visitors.

Markus Anfang made two changes to the team that secured the 1:2 win away in Ingolstadt last Sunday. Lasse Sobiech and Simon Terodde came into the line-up as Rafael Czichos missed out through illness, and Anthony Modeste dropped to the bench.

As for Arminia Bielefeld, Uwe Neuhaus opted for two alternations to the side which beat SV Darmstadt 98. Stephan Salger and Patrick Weihrauch were given the nod ahead of Julian Börner and Nils Seufert, who both missed out on the matchday squad.

Superb start sees FC in control

The opening 10 minutes were lively and both teams were going in search of an early opener. Patrick Weihrauch’s cross was expertly dealt with by the alert Timo Horn, although it was an opening period that FC had the better of. Simon Terodde, Jhon Cordoba and Johannes Geis all had attempts off target, while the latter then forced the first save of the game with a long-range

That pressure finally paid dividends after the quarter hour, as FC went ahead. It was a superb ball from Christian Clemens that made it possible, and Dominick Drexler managed to nip in behind Stephan Salger. The attacking midfielder then kept his cool to lift the ball past the oncoming Stefan Ortega and into the back of the net, marking his third goal in his last four games.

It didn’t take long for FC to double their lead, either. Simon Terodde was, unsurprisingly, the man to make Johannes Geis’ set-piece count as he rose above the rest in a crowd penalty area to nod home. It was a simple finish and one which continued Terodde’s march in search of the 2. Bundesliga all-time goalscoring record.

The remainder of the half provided little in the way of chances for both sides, as FC controlled the ball and the play. Andreas Voglsammer’s attempt late in the first-half was all they could muster, while Markus Anfang’s men attempted to find a way to goal. There could have been a third had Dominick Drexler not been flagged offside, but it wasn’t dampening the mood of the jubilant fans.

Cordoba and Terodde wrap things up

After the control in the final stages of the first half, it was all about finding a third goal at the beginning of the second. That didn’t take long, either. Jhon Cordoba embarked on a run from the left touchline and kept on going, despite the attentions of the Arminia defence. After 30 yards of pressure, he broke free and fired a pin-point finish past Ortega and into the bottom corner.

FC were not content with three goals, and went in search of a fourth. Anderson Lucoqui, who had come on at half-time, produced a last-ditch goal-line clearance to deny Dominick Drexler after an excellent pass from Marco Höger. Simon Terodde was then kept out by a combination of the crossbar and Stefan Ortega, as FC continued to control things.

However, Terodde wouldn’t be kept out for long. It was Christian Clemens’ cross that set up the number nine a first time and it was a repeat performance second time around. Salger was unable to clear the cross from Clemens, and that allowed Terodde to march through and calmly slot past Ortega and into the bottom corner to make it 25 goals for the season.

The FC celebrations didn’t last long, and Arminia issued an immediate response. Andreas Voglsammer was alive to the danger in the box and managed to connect well with a half-volley and send it in off the post. Simon Terodde wasn’t content with just two goals, and added a third with another header from another Johannes Geis corner to seal his hat-trick and all three points for FC.


1. FC Köln (3-5-2): Horn – Sobiech, Meré, Hector – Clemens, Höger (Schaub 75’), Drexler (Koziello 90’), Geis, Kainz – Terodde, Cordoba (Modeste 63’).

DSC Arminia Bielefeld (4-4-2): Ortega – Clauss, Behrendt, Salger, Hartherz (Lucoqui 46’); Edmundsson, Yabo (Staude 65’), Prietl, Weihrauch; Klos, Voglsammer.

Goals: 1:0, Drexler 14’. 2:0, Terodde 21’. 3:0, Cordoba 49’. 4:0, Terodde 70’. 4:1, Voglsammer 71’. 5:1, Terodde 90’.

Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb).

Bookings: None.

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