Dhe winless series of 1. FC Köln is getting longer and longer, but Ondrej Duda has given FC a little bit of hope. The 1: 1 (0: 1) against Eintracht Frankfurt meant the first point for Cologne on matchday four of this Bundesliga season. In view of the nominally grateful opening program with three home games and one away game with a newcomer, a sobering result, but at least the FC was able to avoid the next setback.
After André Silva (45 + 2) had brought Eintracht into the lead with the third penalty this season against Cologne, Duda, who came from Hertha BSC in the summer, saved the point with his first goal for Cologne. But it wasn’t enough for the first victory since March 6th (2-1 in Paderborn) and 226 days. FC and coach Markus Gisdol have been waiting for a success for 14 games. The overall much better Hessen remain undefeated this season, but missed the jump to second place in the table.
Tough first half
Gisdol had announced a “restart” before the international break and was able to tackle this with a clearly relaxed personnel situation. Even if captain Jonas Hector, who recently retired from the national team, was still missing because of his neck injury. The Eintracht, which began with the same team as in the 2-1 two weeks ago against Hoffenheim, tried to take Cologne by surprise. Since, apart from three corners, there was only one significant chance in the first ten minutes and André Silva missed it (6th), the FC quickly managed to get into the game.
Until the break it was a tough game. Eintracht had significantly more possession of the ball, air sovereignty and was also more present in the center. After just three shots on goal, the goal came from a penalty. Sebastiaan Bornauw had hit Daichi Kamada in the foot, referee Sven Jablonski needed the TV images to make a decision and Silva took the lead. The Portuguese has converted all of his five Bundesliga penalties and with eleven goals since the restart is the top scorer after “Europe’s Footballer of the Year” Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern / 16).
Compensation for Cologne
After Kamada had missed the big chance for the preliminary decision (48th), Cologne came quite surprisingly to equalize. After a strong individual performance from Kingsley Ehizibue, Duda pushed the ball in for his first Bundesliga goal in 17 months. The goal gave Cologne an upswing, but national goalkeeper Kevin Trapp prevented Duda’s second goal with a strong save (63rd).
Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter brought in Amin Younes 20 minutes before the end, who made his debut for Eintracht after his loan transfer from SSC Napoli. The former international showed good approaches and almost scored the 1: 2 (78th). For Cologne, Anthony Modeste came to his first minutes of the season after knee problems in the final phase.