Professionals | 07/05/2019

Cordoba nets hat-trick

Greuther Fürth 0:4 1. FC Köln: FC promoted as champions

1. FC Köln confirmed their return to the Bundesliga with a 0:4 away win against Greuther Fürth. A Jhon Cordoba brace and an own-goal from Daniel Steininger had FC three-nil up at the break. Cordoba added another after the restart to seal his hat-trick and add the icing on the cake.

André Pawlak named his first starting eleven in charge of FC, making four changes from the side that lost against Darmstadt. Benno Schmitz, Marcel Risse, Louis Schaub and Florian Kainz came into the starting line-up for Christian Clemens, Johannes Geis, Vincent Koziello and Simon Terodde.

As for Stefan Leitl, injuries and suspensions forced him into four alterations following defeat in Magdeburg. Mario Maloca, Sebastian Ernst, Fabian Reese and Nik Omladic dropped out, as Richard Magyar, Paul Jaeckel, David Atanga and Kenny Prince Redondo earned a chance from the start.

Cordoba keeps FC on course

FC started the game with purpose and after Marcel Risse and Florian Kainz both went close early on with impressive drives from distance. However, that didn’t deter André Pawlak’s men and they were duly rewarded with an early opener. Kainz did fantastically well to pick out Jhon Cordoba in the middle, and he duly poked home from close range for his 18th goal of the season.

The pressure didn’t let up, as FC went in search of a second to try and kill the game off early on. After Benno Schmitz had been superbly denied by Sascha Burchert in the home goal, he didn’t have to wait long to celebrate. Marcel Risse’s near post corner caught Schmitz and then the unfortunate Daniel Steininger, who looped the ball into the far corner.

Pawlak’s men continued to come forward and were close to a third when Louis Schaub picked up Jhon Cordoba’s pass before firing over with an audacious outside of the foot effort. Fürth issued a response through Daniel Steininger, who failed to find the target following a well-worked move.

FC’s play was relentless, and it was just a matter of time before a third goal is added. Jhon Cordoba obliged, as Louis Schaub picked out Dominick Drexler at the back post. Instead of going for goal, he nodded back across for Cordoba to score an even easier goal than his first. A first-half performance that André Pawlak would have been very much pleased with.

Cordoba completes his hat-trick

The second half began somewhat tentatively, as FC had a three-goal lead in hand. However, that didn’t stop them from coming forward. Dominick Drexler fizzed a ball across the box to Jhon Cordoba, but the Colombian just couldn’t reach it in time. That wouldn’t be the case for his third, as Florian Kainz’s cross was headed in from close range to put the game fully to bed.

From there, FC were able to control the remainder of the game and earn a deserved three points, promotion and the league title in the process. The one-year stay in 2. Bundesliga and direct promotion back to Bundesliga has been sealed. For Pawlak’s men, they will now face Jahn Regensburg in the final home game of the season next Sunday.

Line-ups

SpVgg Greuther Fürth (4-2-3-1): Burchert – Sauer, Magyar, Caligiuri, Raum – Jaeckel (Sarpei 66‘), Seguin – Atanga, Green, Redondo – Steininger (Ideguchi 46‘).

1. FC Köln (4-1-4-1): Horn – Schmitz, Meré, Czichos, Hector – Höger – Risse (Özcan 66’), Schaub, Drexler (Koziello 82‘), Kainz – Cordoba (Terodde 74‘).

Goals: 0:1, Cordoba 8‘. 0:2, Steininger OG 20‘. 0:3, Cordoba 41’. 0:4, Cordoba 65’.

Referee: Guido Winkmann (Kerken).

Bookings: Steininger (32‘).

Attendance: 12,520.

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