“Everyone is in a knockout.” Cologne played a draw against TSG. sports news about hockey, winter sports and more

Just 54 hours after winning the Conference League in the Czech Republic 1. Club “Cologne” is playing with great energy again. FC has been playing better against Hoffenheim for a long time. In the end it is enough only for a draw.

Steffen Baumgart raised his hands and took a deep breath. Although his 1. FC Köln could only draw 1-1 (1-1) against TSG Hoffenheim, the coach was extremely relieved after another spirited performance from his side.

Just 54 hours after winning the Conference League 1, Baumgart was also able to celebrate his first point as FC coach against TSG. Previously, Cologne had lost eight times in a row against “Hoffenheim”.

“Finally, the coach welcomed the performance of the boys. A big compliment to our team today,” said Cologne sporting director Thomas Kessler. There could have been more for a sick Cologne team than Florian Kainz’s goal (13th minute). “Today we can be really satisfied with the performance. We knocked out everything we could because it was a very tight week,” Kainz said on DAZN.

TSG were lucky to equalize one of the few chances for the visitors before the break through Jakob Brun Larsen (35′). Hoffenheim defender Ozan Kabak (87th) saw yellow-red shortly before the end for repeated foul play. “We wanted to win, so we are not satisfied. After all, it is so, we have to live with it,” said Brun Larsen.

Baumgart spins five times

49,000 spectators watched an entertaining game from the start. If anything progressed in the FA, it was mainly through Kainz or the fast Linton Maina. After the long ball, Stanley Nsoki didn’t look too good against Maina and Kevin Vogt was also too slow. His sharp cross into the center gave Cainz the lead after less than 15 minutes. A good ten minutes later, Maina again got the better of TSG’s defense and fired a shot into the side netting. Another cross from Maina hit Kainz (33rd) just before.

Maina was one of five newcomers to Cologne’s starting line-up after Friday afternoon’s European Cup win over 1. FC Slovacko (1-0). FC coach Baumgart would prefer to play Hoffenheim on Monday because of the short break. However, the transfer was not confirmed. Worse, the talisman was missing against TSG. Billy the Goat Hennes had a fever and couldn’t be at the stadium. However, Hennes had to be pleased that the Cologne team once again brought impressive energy to the pitch. What might have suited him less was the overall lackluster performance of the visitors.

FC got lucky after 20 minutes when goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe brilliantly saved Grisha Prömel’s attempt. A good quarter of an hour later, Denis Huseinbašić lost the ball in midfield and was coldly punished. TSG started a lightning fast counterattack, Christoph Baumgartner moved back from the baseline to the penalty area. Brun Larsen converted with his thigh from close range.

Kainz misses a great chance to make it 2-1

Here, once again, is a frequently exposed FC vulnerability of late. In the previous three games of the Bundesliga alone, Baumgart’s team had conceded twelve goals. On the other hand, the Cologne team played very well up front. This is how the good game developed. Hoffenheim were lucky to only concede a goal at half-time. After that, the Cologne team started strongly, Maina remained outstanding, but now also made some bad passes. In the 53rd minute, Kainz had a great chance to take the lead again, but TSG goalkeeper Oliver Baumann denied it from a narrow angle.

Köln remained top class, but their strength waned as the game progressed. Not much came from Hoffenheim either, apart from Kabak being sent off for a foul on Florian Dietz.

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