1. FC Köln qualified for the Europa Cup despite the loss to VfL Wolfsburg – FC is now in seventh place

The bucks would take the next step towards international business in front of 50,000 spectators at the sold-out Rhein-Energie Stadium. Therefore, Steffen Baumgart’s team started the match and immediately took the initiative. Only three minutes had elapsed when Salih Özcan brought in Anthony Modeste with a cross from the right. The striker headed towards the bottom right corner of the goal post, but failed to get in the way of the strong Pavao Pervan in VfL’s goal.

Cologne kept the pace up and created the next good chance in the sixth minute. Benno Schmitz had freed himself in the pit and then tried after a pass from Özcan from just over 15 meters. Again, Pervan steered the attempt to the post and prevented FC from taking the lead.

The wolves needed about 30 minutes to get up to operating temperature. Then Florian Kohfeldt’s team had their best chance so far in the match. Timo Hübers misjudged a post by Lukas Nmecha. The ball landed at the feet of Max Kruse, who was completely unmarked in the box. From the six-yard box, however, the ex-national player lacked any power and found his champion in Marvin Schwäbe (30th).

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The game slowed down as the game progressed, and the people from Domstadt could not reward themselves for their efforts. The Wolves punished this just before half time, when ex-Cologne player Yannick Gerhardt was able to put the ball in for a 1-0 lead. This was preceded by an excellent pass from Nmecha to Jonas Wind. The Dane finally came over in front of the Cologne goal, Gerhardt completed the action (43rd).

After the restart, FC were initially lucky that a goal by Nmecha was rejected by VAR due to a narrow offside position (55th). The Baumgart elves acted again in the last half hour again with a playful superiority, but they failed several times because of the ingenious Pervan. Attempts from Florian Kainz (59 ‘) and Modeste (74’) went just past the post or over the crossbar for Wolves.

Cologne’s efforts were also unsuccessful in the final phase.

Despite the defeat, the people of Cologne could still celebrate after the final whistle: because local rivals Bayer Leverkusen won 4-2 at TSG Hoffenheim, 1. FC Cologne is in seventh place with one match left and qualification for the Conference League can no longer be denied.

So after the final whistle in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion, all dams broke: Euphoric over the successful Europa Cup qualification, the billy goat fans stormed the pitch, hugged the Cologne players and secured parts of the goal, among other things.

The votes after the match:

Thomas Kessler (Managing Director Sport 1. FC Köln): “I’m disappointed with the defeat, I think our team played a really good match again today. We kept pushing, but we didn’t score any goals, so we ended up losing the match. But when you look at these pictures in stadium, so “It’s the whole season’s reward. Before the season, no one would have thought it was possible. “

Pavao Pervan (VfL Wolfsburg): “I prepared as I do for all other matches. Of course, as a goalkeeper you always need the little bit of luck that the ball goes from the fingertips to the post and then out again. Any goalkeeper who does not play often is happy to see matches like this, especially when you win 1-0. It was an incredible atmosphere, I’m just happy. “

Yannick Gerhardt (VfL Wolfsburg): “Of course you can see what’s going on here in the city from afar. I know it from the past. But that’s how it is in business. I want to do my best for VfL Wolfsburg, I’m glad I can do it today “I have not scored this season. I think everyone can live with the game today. I am happy that we are achieving such an achievement after a mixed season.”

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Especially in the first 15 minutes, FC played extremely powerfully and created top class chances through Anthony Modeste and Jonas Hector. It was clear to everyone that the people of Domstadt really wanted to go to Europe. However, the Cologne team found their master today in Pavao Pervan. The 34-year-old Austrian played his seventh appearance this season in the Wolves’ away game. The record so far: six bankruptcies in six games. Today, the VfL goalkeeper secured his team’s away win with several strong saves and upset the hosts several times. Not least because of Pervan, the home team left empty-handed today, despite a goal-scoring ratio of 18: 5.

Statistics: 52

The Cologne season remains historic despite the home defeat. 52 points after 33 days of play is an example of the best FC season in over 30 years. And next week, three more points can be added to the account.

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