Modeste scores twice: Cologne supports its ambitions

1. FC Köln is the team of the moment in the Bundesliga: Billy goats won their fourth match in a row against Augsburg, which is why they move up to sixth place and can dream of Europe.

The double packer Anthony Modeste (2nd from the right) and Cologne are still on their way to Europe after the victory over Augsburg.
IMAGO / Jan Huebner

The Augsburg team, which coach Markus Weinzierl had left unchanged after the 2-0 victory at VfL Bochum, started powerfully and had the liveliest man on the pitch in Vargas in the early minutes. The Swiss also prepared for the best opportunity in the beginning, but Gregoritsch’s header from a good position was harmless (6 ‘).

Augsburg does not reward itself – Cologne initially extremely efficient

What happened next showed what makes a team in shape: Cologne, who won three games in a row, struck ice cold: First Thielmann, the only new FC player compared to the 3-1 home win against Arminia Bielefeld (Özcan was absent due to . for a yellow card), completed the match), a counterattack (12 ‘), just three minutes later Uth sent the ball into goal (15’) after passing from Thielmann – with only two shots on goal, Cologne took a 2 ‘ is. -0 lead. Modeste (21st, 26th) and Uth (23rd) then missed good chances.

The intense and fast-paced first half also had a lot to offer in other ways: After almost half an hour, Augsburg came back into the match and Gregoritsch (30 ‘) and Iago (35’) were close to equalizing, but nothing more.

Iago appears to be badly injured

The second half started with bad news for FCA: Iago collided with Gruezo after a Cologne corner and eventually had to be carried off the field on a stretcher (49 ‘). At least his opponent Gumny had a little more luck, which initially shrank after Thielmann’s mistake, but was able to continue (53 ‘).

Modeste vom Punkt – Niederlechner’s honor

The second half did not have as much to offer as the first round. Cologne’s top striker Modeste was rewarded after several missed chances: The Frenchman was fouled by Gouweleeuw in the penalty area and kept cool from eleven meters (63 ‘). Ljubicic also missed 4-0 (72nd), which punished Augsburg directly – FCA shortened the lead thanks to Joker Niederlechner (73rd).

In the final phase, Modeste still had a goal up his sleeve when, after a beautiful combination, he shot into the corner, which is also worth seeing, and restored the three-goal gap (77th). Augsburg just missed further goals through Maier (81st) and Niederlechner (83rd).

It was at 4: 1, where Cologne – for the first time since 1992 – scored three goals for the fourth time in a row. With their fourth win in a row, FC set a new season record and jumped to sixth place – Europe is close. Meanwhile, Augsburg still have to worry about staying up because Stuttgart and Bielefeld each played a draw.

goals and maps

0: 1Thielman (12 ‘, right foot, Schmitz)

0: 2Uth (15 ‘, left foot, Thielmann)

0: 3the message (63 ‘, penalty kick, right footed shot, Modeste)

1: 3Niederlechner (73 ‘, right foot, Maier)

1: 4the message (77 ‘, right foot, Uth)

FC Augsburg


1. FC Köln


referee team

Robert Schroeder

Robert Schroeder

game info

Augsburg continues next Sunday (19.30) at RB Leipzig. The day before (15.30) the Cologne team hosted VfL Wolfsburg.

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