Cologne (dpa) – With another victory against the former boss Julian Nagelsmann with RB Leipzig recaptured the Champions League place after only 29 hours.
The fall champion, who has meanwhile slipped to fifth place, won 4-2 (2-1) at the end of the 29th matchday in the Bundesliga with 1. FC Köln and improved again to third place. In the first leg, Nagelsmann’s Cologne coach Markus Gisdol, under whom he was once an assistant in Hoffenheim, spoiled the debut at FC with a 4: 1.
On Monday, Cologne had even taken the lead through Jhon Cordoba’s twelfth goal of the season (7th). Patrik Schick (20th), Christopher Nkunku (38th), Timo Werner with his 25th goal of the season (50th) and Dani Olmo (57th) turned the game for RB, but probably not after six draws in the second half of the season can intervene more in the master fight. Anthony Modeste had achieved the interim 2: 3 (55th).
“We are back on the Champions League course. We still have five games, so we want to get at least a two-cut. The team wants to go back to the Champions League. Now everyone has to go ‘all in’ and be fully focused,” said Leipzig managing director Oliver Mintzlaff.
Cologne, on the other hand, is waiting for the first win in a ghost game even after the fifth game. The relegation should still be secured in view of the seven point lead in 16th place, but the short dream of Europe is now over eight points behind in seventh place.
“We put in a lot of effort and gave the goals too simply for that. Then, of course, you end up empty-handed against a good team,” said Cologne international player Jonas Hector and added: “Of course you miss the spectators. Especially in We were very strong with spectators this calendar year. But it doesn’t help. They are not there. We have to see that we win games again. “
The Leipzig team, who won for the 13th time in the 15th Bundesliga game against a promoted player and never lost, started dominantly and would have taken the lead almost quickly thanks to Werner (4th). Instead, the goal was conceded when Elvis Rexhbecaj hit the inside post after a nice individual performance and Cordoba kicked the rebound into the net.
But Cordoba, who had to be replaced with Modeste after a blow to his knee, was already over after 22 minutes. The Cologne offensive was further weakened after Mark Uth was already absent due to muscular problems. During Cordoba’s treatment break, the equalizer fell promptly with a header from Schick to cross from Angeliño, who replaced the suspended international Marcel Halstenberg.
Leipzig was almost entirely dominant with a sharp passing game and great position flexibility. The opening goal, however, fell in a phase when the guests seemed to create little danger. Then Konrad Laimer played a dream pass on Nkunku, which lifted the ball over Timo Horn.
Hanebüchen from Cologne’s point of view was 1: 3 when Werner was able to run almost 40 meters on goal alone after a tee-off from Peter Gulacsi. Gisdol already clasped his hands over his head when Werner hadn’t even entered the box. Five minutes later, however, Gisdol clenched his fist again when Modeste caused tension with a right-footed shot from 20 meters. But only briefly: After Olmo’s goal, the game was finally over.
The fifth goal would have been due four minutes later had referee Christian Dingert RB not blown away a clear advantage. Nagelsmann jumped stunned back and forth on the edge of the field and cried understandably: “Is that bad, man!” Dingert almost also whistled a wrong penalty for Cologne (73.), but according to the video pictures he corrected himself.