Now André Silva has hit the back of his head – the game is paused again. The Portuguese are also moving on quickly.
Lots of fouls, lots of interruptions, little to look at: not a good result, as 35 minutes have now been played.
Bas Dost has Sebastiaan Bornauw’s arm on his neck during an air duel and then needs treatment on the field. But it goes on quickly for the attacker.
Via Zuber on the left, the ball reaches André Silva, who closes the penalty area from the left. Horn fends off the unplaced shot with both hands.
This gives us the opportunity to take a quick look at the statistics: With 63 percent possession of the ball, the away team from the Main metropolis clearly sets the tone, but it is still 0-0. Photo: Michael Kusch, dpa
Really, not much happens at this stage. Cologne are no longer as deep as they were at the beginning and can stop many attacks in midfield. But they hardly come into sensible situations themselves to initiate something like a counterattack.
Hasebe holds the slipper over against Andersson – there is also yellow here.
There wasn’t much to see of the FC in the first quarter of an hour. But slowly the hosts are loosening their grip.
Kingsley Ehizibue kicks Zuber on the ankle and gets the early yellow for it.
Cologne have to focus on working against the ball. Andersson is the absolute target player in his own attacks, the newcomer from Union Berlin already had a few good actions.
The SGE is dominant from the start and often constricts Cologne in the initial phase in the last third.
The first really dangerous scene follows immediately: With good counter-pressing, the guests get to the ball in front of the Cologne penalty area, André Silva shoots from 14 meters. When deflected, the leather rolls past the box on the left.
The Frankfurters briefly take a first corner. Before a flank comes about, Rode makes a bad pass.
Bas Dost can boast four goals in the six goals of the SGE this season. Will the Dutchman cheer the Frankfurt fans again today?
Frankfurt’s starting XI looks like this: Kevin Trapp – David Abraham, Makoto Hasebe, Martin Hinteregger – Almamy Touré, Sebastian Rode, Stefan Ilsanker, Steven Zuber – Daichi Kamada – Bas Dost, André Silva
The Frankfurters have even been unbeaten for seven games across seasons, five of which were won.
The SGE got off to a promising start to the season: A 1-1 draw against Bielefeld was followed by victories over Hertha (3: 1) and Hoffenheim (2: 1), which opens up the chance today to draw level with leaders Leipzig.
After three defeats against Hoffenheim, Bielefeld and Mönchengladbach there is at least a tense atmosphere at 1. FC Köln. If you look at the last 13 games across the seasons, you won’t find a victory for Cologne. The 3-1 win against Paderborn on matchday 25 last season was the last league win for Markus Gidsol’s team. Against Frankfurt there was a 1-1 draw on matchday 33 in June.
Welcome to the match between 1. FC Köln and Eintracht Frankfurt.