Professionals | 15/04/2019

Late leveller for HSV

Spoils shared as FC draw with HSV

1. FC Köln played out a hard-fought 1:1 draw with Hamburger SV on Monday evening at the RheinEnergieSTADION. A Dominick Drexler strike looked to have been the difference, but a late effort from Manuel Wintzheimer meant the spoils were shared.

Markus Anfang made two changes to the FC line-up that started in the eight-goal thriller against Duisburg. Lasse Sobiech and Louis Schaub both dropped to the bench as Jorge Meré and Johannes Geis returned to the starting side.

As for HSV, Hannes Wolf opted for four alterations following the defeat to 1. FC Magdeburg last Monday. Leo Lacroix, Vasilije Janjicic, Khaled Narey and Berkay Özcan came into the line-up ahead of Kyriakos Papadopoulos, David Bates, Lewis Holtby and Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Deserved lead through Drexler

The game began at a high tempo, with FC making the early moves to come forward and pressing high. While the visitors did test Timo Horn’s handling with some early crosses, it was all Markus Anfang’s men in the opening exchanges. Dominick Drexler nearly found a way through after a clever run, in what was the best early opening, but Julian Pollersbeck stayed big at the near post to save.

However, as the pressure grew, so did FC’s confidence. Eventually, it told. Johannes Geis’ corner to the near-post was met by the head of Marco Höger, who flicked the ball onto the back post. Dominick Drexler came running in, unmarked, and made the most of the space to thunder home from close range. It was his ninth goal in 15 games, after he opened his account against Fürth.

FC didn’t rest on their laurels, however. They continued to come forward in search of another goal, to try and make the most of their dominance in the opening period. There were some key tackles from Marco Höger and Florian Kainz to repel the advances of HSV, but the worst news came in the form of an injury to Christian Clemens. He had to be replaced by Marcel Risse at the end of the half.

Wintzheimer levels late on

HSV were improved in the early stages of the second half and came out with a point to prove. They created their best opening of the game in that spell, as Khaled Narey ran clear down the left before FC managed to deflect Bakery Jatta’s effort wide of the mark. It was a time in the game where the tackles started to fly in, and three players went into the book in a period of nine minutes.

The yellow card count continued to rise as FC felt hard done by when Jhon Cordoba’s penalty appeal was waved away and Gideon Jung was not shown a second yellow card for pulling back Florian Kainz. HSV continued in search of an equaliser and almost found it when a long run from Bakery Jatta ended with him firing over the crossbar from close range.

FC looked like they’d managed to hold onto all three points, but HSV struck at the death to earn a share of the spoils. After a corner wasn’t cleared, the ball was well-blocked by Lasse Sobiech and a series of deflections meant that Manuel Wintzheimer was able to pounce and fire the ball past Timo Horn.

The result meant that FC remained seven points clear of HSV, and 10 points clear of Union Berlin in third. If all goes to plan, Markus Anfang’s men could still get promoted against Dynamo Dresden on Easter Sunday.


1. FC Köln (3-5-2): Horn – Meré, Höger, Czichos – Clemens (Risse 43’), Drexler, Geis, Hector, Kainz – Terodde (Sobiech 73‘), Cordoba (Modeste 81’).

Hamburger SV (4-3-3): Pollersbeck – Sakai (Wintzheimer 81’), Lacroix, van Drongelen, Douglas Santos – Mangala, Jung (Vagnoman 64’), Janjicic – Narey, Özcan, Jatta.

Goals: 1:0, Drexler 26’. 1:1, Wintzheimer 85’.

Referee: Robert Hartmann (Wangen).

Booked: Terodde (38’), Kainz (47’), Jung (48’), van Drongelen (56’), Hector (66’), Meré (74’), Wintzheimer (87’).

Attendance: 50,000 (sold-out).

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10FC Schalke 0437
111. FC Köln34
12Eintracht Frankfurt32