RB Leipzig is back in third place in the Bundesliga table. At 1. FC Köln, the Saxons achieved a spectacular victory – also because the home side did not hide.
RB Leipzig showed great nerve in the race for the Champions League places and provided the right answer to the victories of the pursuers. The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann won 4: 2 (2: 1) at the end of the 29th matchday of the Bundesliga in 1. FC Köln and won back the third place in the table. Two points separate RB from second-placed Borussia Dortmund – the two will face off in a direct duel on the penultimate matchday.
25. Werner’s goal this season
Patrik Schick (20th), Christopher Nkunku (38th), Timo Werner (50th) with his 25th goal of the season and Dani Olmo (57th) scored for the overall superior Leipzig, but in the early minutes of the brave and offensive style of play of the FC were surprised. In this phase, Jhon Cordoba (7th) put the promoted team in the lead, and Anthony Modeste (55th) met – but ultimately the individual class of the Champions League contender from Saxony was too strong.
We wanted the three points, we succeeded. But it is annoying that we fell behind early and missed a few goals, “said RB Managing Director Oliver Mintzlaff at DAZN:” We are back on the Champions League course, that was our goal. But the pressure is great. Everyone has to go all in, be totally focused and focused. “
Cologne has been weakening since the corona break
With a cushion of seven points on relegation rank, Cologne still has a good chance of staying in the league – even though there was no victory in the fourth game since the game resumed after the Corona break.
In the first Bundesliga game in June in 25 years – the last two games were played in June in 1995 – Leipzig had the first big chance early on. But Werner failed to Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn (4th).
Lively final phase in Cologne
Anyone who subsequently expected a defensive and wait-and-see promotion was disappointed: Cologne delivered the rooms early, put Leipzig under pressure and forced the favorites to lose the ball. This had an effect, as FC managed the lead goal through Cordoba, which could even have increased shortly afterwards (14th).
It was better on the other side Schick, who hit the head to equalize. In addition, FC had to cope with the injury-related substitution of its striker Cordoba (23rd), the absence of the Colombian quickly became apparent. Leipzig was now overweight and increased the pace. Before the second goal, Konrad Laimer sufficed for a simple body deception to make room in the midfield. Nkunku never let the opportunity go.
At the latest after Werner converted to 3-1 after a tee-off from RB keeper Peter Gulasci in front of Horn, the favorite from Saxony indicated a win. Cologne did not give up, however, Modeste met after a nice individual performance. Olmo then immediately destroyed the vague hopes of the hosts and gave the go-ahead for a lively final phase, in which it went back and forth.