1. FC Köln - VfL Wolfsburg 0: 1 - Cologne stumbling block
A lot of momentum, little yield - but in the end the competition shoots 1. FC Köln to Europe: Steffen Baumgart's team was surprisingly stumbled in the final spurt of the Bundesliga, but will still play internationally in the coming season. On the penultimate matchday, FC lost 0-1 (0: 1) to VfL Wolfsburg and thus slipped to seventh place.
However, because TSG Hoffenheim did not win against Bayer Leverkusen, it can no longer overtake the Cologne team on the last matchday. The seventh place will meet for the Conference League. A Europa League-Platz is still possible for FC, but here it has to look at the competition.
This was also ensured by an ex-Kölner: Yannick Gerhardt (43.) scored for Wolfsburg and ended the hosts of the hosts after four victories. It is remarkable that Baumgart's team has now qualified for European business: In May of last year, the team that has hardly changed since then had only prevented the relegation from relegation.
For days, the whole city had been looking forward to this game that the club claimed that it could have sold 200,000 tickets. Ultimately, 50,000 came in, the south curve already addressed a choreo with a choreo - and the organizers had installed fences around the field as a precaution to prevent a place after the final whistle.
In the initial phase, it quickly became clear which of the two teams still had a real goal in mind this season. Cologne pressed from the kick -off, Wolfsburg did not arrive at all at all, the first ten minutes took place almost exclusively in and around the penalty area of the guests.
1, FC Köln missed several major chances
Cologne could have already met twice: Anthony Modeste's header defused Pavao Pervan in Wolfsburg Tor (3rd), Benno Schmitz 'shot clapped on the post (6th). Only after twenty minutes did Wolfsburg show up every now and then in front of the goal, without becoming dangerous.
Nevertheless, the game was more balanced when the break came closer, Cologne suddenly even seemed tired after the swinging initial phase - and Wolfsburg hit. The ex-Kölner Gerhardt only had to insert after a strong combination and waived excessive jubilation.
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The break then helped the Cologne to take new swing, because they also ran in the second half. Florian Kainz (53./59.) And Modeste (69th/74th) failed twice. At times, the game was as one -sided as in the initial phase, the audience was standing - but continued to wait for the goal.