Professionals | 05/07/2019

7:1 victory

FC start with win in Frechen

Achim Beierlorzer began his reign as 1. FC Köln head coach with a 7:1 win over SpVg Frechen 20. Anthony Modeste’s brace, Lasse Sobiech, Jhon Cordoba, Darko Churlinov, Marcel Risse and Simon Terodde were all on the scoresheet in a professional performance in the summer sun.

The new 1. FC Köln head coach began with a side that featured two new faces at a packed-out Kurt-Bornhoff-Sportpark, as Kingsley Schindler and Birger Verstraete were installed in the starting line-up.

Modeste at the double

As expected, FC started the game strongly and Anthony Modeste had an effort ruled out for offside in the first three minutes. However, the Frenchman wasn’t to be denied for long. A torso-high cross from Kingsley Schindler was slightly behind Modeste, but he swivelled and sent a superb scissor-kick into the bottom corner.

That intent from Achim Beierlorzer’s men to control the game was clear from the offset, and Schindler himself has a goal chalked off following a Florian Kainz cutback. It was a similar move that produced the second goal of the game. Jhon Cordoba charged onto a poor back pass and set the ball back for Modeste to fire in off the crossbar.

A third goal would follow less than 10 minutes later, but only after Cordoba had his celebrations cut short due to another offside decision. Anthony Modeste hit the crossbar but Lasse Sobiech was on hand to nod the rebound past the Frechen ‘keeper. He did, however, make a fine stop to thwart Schindler while one-on-one moments afterwards.

Cordoba did add a fourth to cap off a hugely professional first-half from 1. FC Köln, as he went through on goal and coolly slotted home in the high temperatures to start pre-season in scoring fashion.

Churlinov, Terodde and Risse score

In the second period, FC changed through from top to bottom as Kingsley Ehizibue came on for his debut. That didn’t disrupt the pace and the place, as Beierlorzer’s side extended their lead seven minutes after the restart. A superb ball to the back post from Marcel Risse was met by Darko Churlinov, and his header found a way through to start the second half in style.

FC were in control and had the better of things, but were finding it a way past the Frechen shotstopper. He did well to get in the way of a Salih Özcan drive and also to deny Rafael Czichos from close range. Thomas Kessler was a bystander for the majority of the half but made sure to keep the team on their toes with plenty of instructions and encouragement.

The goals would keep coming late on, as Marcel Risse was able to make the most of a smart cut-back from Kingsley Ehizibue’s surging run and cross. Simon Terodde then got on the scoresheet with a trademark finish from inside the area, getting to a loose ball and prodding home with his usual predatory instinct.

Furkan Isbilir added a late consolation goal for Frechen, as the referee blew for full-time not long later. It was a strong showing from FC, who make the trip to Donaueschingen for the beginning of their training camp on Monday.


1. FC Köln (first-half) (4-4-2): T. Horn – Schmitz, Höger, Sobiech, J. Horn – Schindler, Koziello, Verstraete, Kainz – Modeste, Cordoba.

1. FC Köln (second-half) (4-4-2): Kessler – Ehizibue, Sörensen, Czichos, Jakobs (Bader 70‘) – Risse, Özcan, Hauptmann, Churlinov – Drexler, Terodde.

Goals: 0:1, Modeste 10’. 0:2, Modeste 20’. 0:3, Sobiech 30’. 0:4, Cordoba 39’. 0:5, Churlinov 52’. 0:6, Risse 72’. 0:7, Terodde 78’. 1:7, Isbilir 87’.

Bookings: Preis 62’.

Attendance: 4,020.

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