Professionals | 09/01/2022

3:1 win over Hertha

Three points to start 2022

1. FC Köln began 2022 with a 3:1 victory in the capital against Hertha BSC. Anthony Modeste and Ondrej Duda had given FC a two-nil lead at the break before Vladimir Darida pulled one back for the hosts. However, Jan Thielmann struck in added time to seal all three points.

Team news

Tayfun Korkut opted for two alterations after Hertha ended 2021 on a high with their 3:2 win over Dortmund. Jurgen Ekkelenkamp and Ishak Belfodil dropped out for Suat Serdar and Davie Selke. 

Steffen Baumgart made two changes to the side that started and won the final game of 2021 against VfB Stuttgart. Rafael Czichos and Sebastian Andersson were replaced by Luca Kilian and Mark Uth.

Modeste and Duda strike before the break

The opening stages of the game belonged to the hosts and it was Hertha who had the first opening of the game, with Myziane Maolida firing wide from the edge of the box. Luca Kilian then had to be alert to cut out Davie Selke’s cross, with Timo Hübers went into the book moments later in what was an first 15 minutes to forget.

However, from there, FC began to find a way into the game. Louis Schaub was denied by Alexander Schwolow and Ondrej Duda headed the rebound just wide before Mark Uth fired just past the post. Marvin Schwäbe made a superb save with his left foot to keep out Maolida and FC made Hertha pay. Mark Uth’s cross was inch-perfect for Anthony Modeste, who headed home his 12th goal of the season.

Two minutes later, it got even better. As Florian Kainz’s cross was only half cleared, Ondrej Duda stepped up and slammed home from the edge of the box to turn things further in FC’s favour. Niklas Stark kept Modeste at bay with a fine recovery challenge and Schwolow also stayed strong between the sticks to save from the Frenchman. Nevertheless, a deserved half-time lead.

Thielmann kills game late on

The second-half began with an extended half-time break after Tobias Stieler had to be replaced by Alexander Sather through injury. FC picked up where they left off, though. Anthony Modeste almost found Mark Uth in the middle moments after Uth had been thwarted in a similar situation. However, slowly but surely, Hertha began to wriggle back into the game.

The pressure and plentiful set-pieces eventually culminated in a goal for the hosts. Vladimir Darida’s free-kick was tempting but missed by all in the middle. His delivery looped into the far corner and suddenly Hertha had a route back into the game. Despite their willingness to come forward, chances were lacking on their part. Mark Uth’s indirect free-kick was the closest either side came following the goal.

The hosts were pilling forward in the latter stages with Timo Hübers and Luca Kilian doing a stellar job of hacking away the oncoming attacks. A long clearance forward was brought down by Vladimir Darida, who was robbed of the ball by Jan Thielmann. He kept his cool to round Schwolow and fire home to ensure all three points would be heading back to Köln.

FC are next in action next Saturday at the RheinEnergieSTADION against Bayern Munich at 15:30 CET.

Line-ups

Hertha BSC (4-4-2): Schwolow – Pekarik (Klünter 81‘), Stark, Torunarigha, Mittelstädt – Richter, Ascacibar (Tousart 81‘), Darida, Serdar – Selke (Boateng 69‘), Maolida (Ekkelenkamp 69‘).

1. FC Köln (4-1-3-2): Schwäbe – Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector – Özcan – Schaub (Ljubicic 65‘), Duda (Ostrak 85‘), Kainz (Thielmann 66‘) – Uth (J. Horn 78‘), Modeste.

Goals: 0:1, Modeste 30‘. 0:2, Duda 32‘. 1:2, Darida 57‘. 1:3, Thielmann 90+2‘.

Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg) – Alexander Sather (Grimma).

Booked: Hübers (15’), Torunarigha (48’), Serdar (62’), Schaub (65’), Prince-Boateng (82’).

Attendance: 3,000 (sold-out).

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