Cologne For a long time it looked like Union Berlin would win against their favorite opponent 1. FC Köln and its trainer and Union member Steffen Baumgart. But then came the appearance of Anthony Modeste.
After his relieving equalizer, Anthony Modeste ran to his trainer Steffen Baumgart, put on his cult hat and performed a little dance.
With a brace in 2-2 (1: 2) against Union Berlin, the Frenchman had once again single-handedly saved 1. FC Köln from defeat.
Modeste (7th) put his team in the lead. After Julian Ryerson (9th) and Grischa Prömel (45th + 1) had turned the game for the guests in the meantime, the Cologne Torgarant was back in the 86th minute. Modeste has now scored the last six competitive goals for FC.
“I’m still pissed off,” said Cologne trainer and Union member Baumgart on the DAZN streaming service – but not because of Modest’s extravagant cheers, as he emphasized. Rather, he was annoyed about one or the other, he said. His boys would have played and made, “and then, when I see the surrounding area, the emotions that this stadium can bring, why can’t you do that when you’re 2-1 down, why do the boys have to worry to make a mistake, ”he told FC fans.
After all, the table-eleventh from Cologne got four days before the start of the session on November 11th. in the carnival jersey with confetti design the first point in the fifth first division duel with the feared opponent. The Berliners are eighth, two points behind the fourth Wolfsburg, which they would have overtaken with a win.
A rapid start to the game
“I think it was already possible to win here,” said Berlin goalkeeper Andreas Luthe. “Even if I have to say that Cologne played a very good home game. They made life difficult for us. ”His team should have played the counterattacks better. “That has happened again and again in the last few weeks.”
The 50,000 spectators in the Cologne arena saw a rapid start. And the Cologne among them only had to wait until the seventh minute to cheer Modeste’s next goal. After Florian Kainz hit the crossbar, the Frenchman switched quickly, stopped the ball with his thigh and pushed it into the empty goal from three meters.
125 seconds later, the Cologne team gave up the lead when Ryerson slid the ball into the right corner from 18 meters, completely unrestricted. The Norwegian, who waited 46 Bundesliga appearances for his first goal, scored in the second game in a row.
“Not my understanding of fair play”
How many emotions were involved was shown by a curious scene in the 17th minute. Modeste built himself up with a free kick in front of Union keeper Andreas Luthe and kept jumping into view so that he could not direct his defensive wall with a free kick. Luthe pushed him away with both hands, both saw yellow.
“That is not my understanding of fair play,” said Luthe about the Modeste campaign. I have made that clear to him to some extent, I think. He didn’t think that was so good. “
However, most of the action took place in midfield. Before the break, the Cologne team turned it up again, but Modeste headed past (38th) and Ondrej Duda hit the outside net (41st). Instead, Union took the lead. Prömel took the ball after a bad pass from Rafael Czichos, played one-two with Genki Haraguchi and pushed in. Seconds later, Awoniyi shot over it from five meters.
After the break, FC put pressure on, Baumgart tirelessly pushed his team forward in a short-sleeved polo shirt at nine degrees Celsius. Hector quickly had a good chance with his head (54th), but overall opportunities against disciplined guests were rare. Three days after the disappointing 2-1 draw against Feyenoord Rotterdam in the European Conference League, the Berliners seemed to have everything under control – until Modeste struck for the second time.
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