Cologne (dpa) - With a double strike in the final phase, 1. FC Köln averted a defeat in the ghost derby against Fortuna Düsseldorf and stole an important victory in the relegation battle from the Rhenish rival.
Joker Anthony Modeste (88.) and Jhon Cordoba (90. + 1) prevented the second loss of the season against the Rhenish rival in 2-2 (0-1).
Kenan Karaman with his fourth goal from the last four games (41.) and Erik Thommy (61.), who was already successful in the first leg for the 2-0 win, had apparently brought the actually significantly better Fortuna clearly onto the winning road. Goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier saved a penalty from Mark Uth (59.).
Due to the sixth draw in the eighth game under coach Uwe Rösler, Düsseldorf missed the great chance to move up to Mainz with one point on the saving 15th place. Cologne, on the other hand, with a further ten points behind Fortuna on relegation rank, will probably be relegated to the class with seven games remaining. With a win, the FC would have moved up to one point after the home defeats of Freiburg, Wolfsburg and Schalke to possibly seventh place for the European Cup qualification.
The comeback of Ismail Jakobs at FC was encouraging. "It is nice to see a recovering player for the first time. A Corona sick and quarantined player who is back," said coach Markus Gisdol before Sky kicked off.
His colleague Uwe Rösler had to do without the blocked defense chief Kaan Ayhan, made three more changes and switched from three to four chains. So the guests were stable. And they were also the more active team in a terrifyingly poor first half. Fortuna also had the first noteworthy goal chance when Karaman failed after a beautiful pass from Kevin Stöger and Timo Horn from an acute angle (21.). 20 minutes later, the Turkish international was successful after Steven Skzybski's filing, Toni Leistner deflected his shot unsustainable for Horn.
After the break, the Cologne team were at least a little more active, but the great chance to equalize left the otherwise so accurate Uth twice. Initially, the Schalke loan, which was involved in at least one goal in each of the previous eight games, hit the post. After Adam Bodzek fouled him on the margin, the Cologne native missed the penalty kick - and failed at Kastenmeier. Gisdol wanted to set another impulse with a triple change - and had to accept the decisive neck blow seconds later through Thommy. But then the Cologne turned up and saved another point.
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