Cologne's captain Jonas Hector
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The football world is talking about the Super League - in the Bundesliga there was a furious appearance by Jonas Hector on matchday 30.
The Cologne captain led his team with two goals (46th / 60th minute) to a 2-1 (0-0) success over RB Leipzig.
Cologne remains an injured party in the table, but is now level on points with Hertha BSC, which has played two fewer games due to a corona quarantine.
With the Leipzig defeat - Amadou Haidara (59th) scored the equalizer - the ninth championship of FC Bayern is more and more likely, the Munich team are currently seven points ahead of RB and could move on in the evening game against Bayer Leverkusen (8.30 p.m.).
Against RB, Effzeh was deep in their own half from the start.
After the 3-0 draw against Leverkusen, the team relied on compactness - and on the counterattack: After conquering the ball, the Cologne team quickly moved forward via the omnipresent Hector, the former national player marched across half the field, but at the end of the individual action he only brought a harmless shot at Péter Gulácsi's goal (25th).
Otherwise, RB had to tremble little, the team of coach Julian Nagelsmann was clearly superior and towards the end of the first half it also became more dangerous.
First, Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku missed the lead with a shot well over the goal (35th), then it got tighter, Nordi Mukiele shot the ball just wide of the left post (36th).
Four minutes before half-time, Alexander Sørloth failed with a header against Timo Horn.
In the second half it got furious, 56 seconds after the restart, Hector hit his head.
Jannes Horn had flanked the ball into the penalty area, then the Cologne defensive all-rounder executed in the best center-forward fashion.
Cologne's remaining program is not the toughest
Leipzig remained the more active team and rewarded themselves after a long tee shot by Gulácsi, at the end of the offensive scene Haidara equalized with a well-placed shot. Only a minute passed before Hector replied: The captain played a one-two with Ondrey Duda, who returned to Hector with a heel, and the 30-year-old sank the ball from almost 15 meters (60th). For the first time in his career, Hector scored two goals in a Bundesliga game. RB then continued to run, with Justin Kluivert taking care of the final point with a shot at the post in stoppage time.
There is still hope for Friedhelm Funkel's rescue mission (first win in the second game since his return), and the rest of the program also gives hope.
Cologne will meet FC Augsburg, Hertha BSC and Schalke 04 on the last matchday this season - teams that are also in the lower third of the table.
Leipzig will continue with the league game against VfB Stuttgart on Sunday, followed by the cup semi-final against Werder Bremen (April 30).