Steffen Baumgart made three changes to the line-up that took to the field against Bayern Munich last weekend. Benno Schmitz, Ondrej Duda and Sebastian Andersson replaced Kingsley Ehizibue, Jan Thielmann and Mark Uth.
Thomas Reis opted for just the one alteration that was enforced following the Mainz win. Christian Gamboa went under the knife during the week for an arm operation. Herbert Bockhorn was his replacement.
The game began at a high tempo, with FC the dominant side in the early stages. Benno Schmitz was causing plenty of problems for the visiting defence, as he crossed low into the box for Anthony Modeste. The Frenchman’s effort came back off the post from four yards. Dejan Ljubicic was the next to go close, having not one but two goals disallowed. The first for a foul, the second for handball.
As the half wore on, Bochum began to cause more problems on the counter. However, neither Gerrit Holtmann and Simon Zoller were able to find the killer pass. When Bochum did have the chance to shoot, Ellyes Skhiri was able to deny the dangerous Holtmann. Just after the half-hour mark, FC went close again. This time it was Ondrej Duda, who shot narrowly off target from 16 yards.
After the break, Bochum put on the pressure as Elvis Rexhbecaj had a shot blocked and Sebastian Polter headed just over the bar. The start of the second period was more stuttering than stunning, with plenty of niggling fouls and treatment for both Danilo Soares and Anthony Modeste after aerial clashes. Slowly but surely, FC managed to work back into the pre-half-time routine.
After the hour-mark, FC laid siege on the Bochum goal. However, the finish was the one aspect that continued to cause problems. Sebastian Andersson went close, Anthony Modeste hit the woodwork for a second time and Jonas Hector drove his half-volley agonisingly past the post. At the other end, Luca Kilian’s debut began in promising fashion as he got to grips with the troublesome Polter.
The 82nd minute rolled along, and things were beginning to get desperate. Steffen Baumgart’s substitutes had other ideas, though. A superb cross from Florian Kainz caught Bochum cold and Louis Schaub, fresh from the bench, managed to sneak a volley past Manuel Riemann. Cue wild celebrations in Müngersdorf. This goal wasn’t going to be disallowed.
FC continued to press in search of a second and that finally came in added time. Tomas Ostrak and Tim Lemperle combined, with Baumgart’s decisions paying dividends once more. Ostrak, on his FC debut, managed to work some space to cross and Lemperle produced a similar finish to that of Schaub and notched up his first goal for the club. Simon Zoller managed to grab a goal in the dying seconds but it was too little, too late for the Ruhrpott club.
1. FC Köln head into the international break with six points from their opening three games. FC will next be in action on Saturday 11th September against SC Freiburg. The game will be the penultimate fixture in the old Dreisamstadion.
1. FC Köln (4-1-3-2): T. Horn – Schmitz, Meré (Kilian 46‘), Czichos, Hector – Skhiri – Ljubicic (Schaub 78‘), Duda (Özcan 88‘), Kainz (Ostrak 88‘) – Modeste, Andersson (Lemperle 71‘).
VfL Bochum (4-3-3): Riemann – Bockhorn (Ganvoula 84‘), Bella Kotchap, Lampropoulos, Danilo – Rexhbecaj, Losilla, Pantovic (Löwen 78‘) – Zoller, Polter, Holtmann (Antwi-Adjei 71‘).
Goals: 1:0, Schaub 82’. 2:0, Lemperle 90+1’. 2:1, Zoller 90+4’.
Referee: Benjamin Cortus (Röthenbach).
Booked: Meré (27’), Duda (38’), Zoller (55’).
Attendance: 25,000 (sold-out).
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