Bundesliga Week 21 Recap: Köln v Bayern 3-2

A terrible second half effort or, to be more accurate, lack of effort lead to an unnecessary loss in Cologne against the former Bayern players Lukas Podolski and Michael Rensing. Holger Badstuber wasn’t sent off for his obvious professional foul on Milivoje Novakovic.

It was the perfect opportunity for the team to improve its position in the standings. Leverkusen lost in Nuremberg, Mainz couldn’t beat Bremen, even soon-to-be champion Dortmund didn’t win the Revierderby against Schalke. And the match started well.


The starting lineups

Bayern dominated possession early and the host’s defense often didn’t seem to be able tocope with Bayern’s speed. So it was a huge surprise when, after 19 minutes, Adam Matuschyk’s long ball was too accurate for Holger Badstuber who decided to stop Milivoje Novakovic instead of letting him go 1 on 1 against Thomas Kraft. Everybody was expecting a red card but the 29-year old referee Felix Zwayer only booked Badstuber (and later admitted that it was a wrong decision). The following free kick was blocked so in hindsight this was a great decision by the young defender.

While the whole RheinEnergieStadion was still busy complaining and booing the ref, Thomas Müller delivered a beautiful cross to Mario Gomez who won the battle with Youssef Mohamed and scored the first goal of the match.

Bayern controlled the game but couldn’t create more scoring chances. With only a few minutes to go in the first half, Köln’s defense was positioned way too high up the field, Müller wins a battle, passes the ball back to team captain Philipp Lahm who played a great pass to Hamit Altintop. The Turkish international decided to shoot the ball from a rather strangle angle and scored the second goal. Michael Rensing clearly didn’t see such an accurate shot coming and to be honest, neither did I.

Moments later, Mario Gomez could’ve scored another goal but his shot, following a superb ball control, was blocked. The ref then missed another obvious misconduct when Mohamad played the ball with his hand in the box. What seemed to be an unfortunate but not important incident could’ve prevented the way the match developed in the second half. For now, the FCB lead 2-0 and outplayed the boys from the Rhine in pretty much every aspect.

Instead of describing accurately what happened in the second half, I decided to do what the team did: almost nothing.

56′: Eichner passes the ball to Clemens, Ottl thinks of his next holiday destination instead of focusing on the match, Kraft reacts too early, Clemens shoots the ball into the open net, 1-2.

62′: The Bayern defense is confused without any reason, Mohamad’s cross arrives Brecko who passes it directly to Novakovic. Easy header from a few inches away, 2-2.

73′: Rensing’s goal kick finds Matuschyk, Badstuber, as a consolation for the foul in the first half, allows Novakovic to go 1 on 1 against Kraft, 3-2 Köln.

The hosts could’ve scored another two goals (Clemens, Podolski) but were considerate enough not to. An absolutely embarrassing second half. Holger Badstuber was terrible, Philipp Lahm was terrible, Andreas Ottl was terrible, the whole defense was terrible. Poor Thomas Kraft.

Goals: 0-1 Gomez (22′), 0-2 Altintop (43′), 1-2 Clemens (56′), 2-2 Novakovic (62′), 3-2 Novakovic (73′)


1. FC Köln: Mato Jajalo (Novakovic, 81′), Fabrice Ehret (Peszko, 90′), Taner Yalcin (Clemens, 90′)

FC Bayern: Franck Ribery (Altintop, 64′), Miroslav Klose (Gustavo, 78′)

Other league matches:

Dortmund v Schalke 0-0

Mainz v Bremen 1-1 (Schürrle; Pizarro)

Nuremberg v Leverkusen 1-0 (Eigler)

Hannover v Wolfsburg 1-0 (Pinto)

Hoffenheim v Kaiserslautern 3-2 (Sigurdsson, Rudy, Ibisevic; Hoffer, Rodnei)

Gladbach v Stuttgart 2-3 (Dante, de Camargo; Pogrebnjak, Harnik, Gebhart)

Hamburg v St. Pauli – POSTPONED

Freiburg v Frankfurt – Sunday

Next match: Saturday v Hoffenheim (Bundesliga), 3.30 pm local time

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