The 1. FC Cologne has consolidated the table leadership in the 2. soccer Bundesliga with a hard-fought home victory and the new Ingolstadt coach Alexander Nouri's debut spoiled. The FC prevailed in a hectic game with 2:1 (0:0) and now stands with 16 points at the top of the table. Ingolstadt missed the hoped-for liberation shot, conceded their third consecutive defeat and remains in the table cellar.
Simon Terodde (70th/Foule penalty, 85th) turned the game around for Cologne, the FCI had previously taken the lead through Sonny Kittel (53rd). Former Bremen Bundesliga coach Nouri, who was only signed on Monday as the successor to the dismissed Stefan Leitl, has a lot of work to do despite his good performance.
The FC determined the initial phase, in which the fans were silent as far as possible as announced, and had first good chances through Terodde (10th) and national player Jonas Hector (16th). Only after 20 minutes did the Cologne supporters end their boycott of the mood, which was directed against the German Football Association (DFB), its president Reinhard Grindel and the increasing commercialisation of football.
The louder the fans became, the more the Cologne attack efforts faltered. Ingolstadt, who had one of the worst defensive lines of the league with 13 goals against them before the start of the match, hardly allowed anything to happen. In front, Dario Lezcano (15th) and Sonny Kittel (43rd) took a free-kick to create danger.
After the break, Ingolstadt became more courageous and took the lead through Kittel. Nouri drove his team further forward, while Cologne increasingly lost control. In this phase Ingolstadt was closer to the second goal - but Kittel foul Marcel cracks in the penalty area, and FC scorer Terodde did not let the chance from the penalty spot. However, in the scene before there should have been a goal kick for the FCI and no corner for Cologne.
The 1:1 was not enough for both teams. Accordingly hectically it went back and forth, Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn parried several times strongly. FC coach Markus Anfang brought the strikers Serhou Guirassy and Jhon Cordoba in the final phase to force the home win. But it was Terodde to a corner that made FC rejoice.
UNION BERLIN - HOLSTEIN KIEL 2:0 (0:0)
Union Berlin has preserved the nimbus of invincibility in the 2nd Soccer Bundesliga and at least for the time being managed to make it to the top of the rankings. On the seventh matchday, the Köpenickers won against Holstein Kiel in the stadium at the Alte Försterei 2-0 (0-0) thanks to two late goals. Grischa Prömel (90.) and Sebastian Polter (90.+4) scored for the third victory of the season for Union.
Polter made his comeback after an eight-month forced break due to a Achilles tendon rupture against Kiel. Coach Urs Fischer changed the striker in the 76th minute.
The first half in front of 20,879 spectators in Berlin belonged to the guest from the far north. After the change of sides, however, the team of coach Urs Fischer then increased, but Akaki Gogia and Simon Hedlund in the additional shot failed to Kenneth Kronholm (49.) attentive. Union kept up the pressure, but the Kiel defence held up for the time being. In the 90th minute, Prömel broke through the Kiel wall and scored, Polter followed shortly thereafter - with a bicycle kick!
DARMSTADT - BIELEFELD 1:2 (0:0)
Arminia Bielefeld won on the seventh matchday in the last minute at Darmstadt 98 and his first away win in eight months. The team of coach Jeff Saibene won with 2:1 (0:0) and remained unbeaten in the fourth game in a row. The last league victory in the foreign match took place on 29 January in Bochum. Darmstadt has been waiting for a victory for three games.
Bielefeld moved up to fourth place in the table for the time being. Darmstadt initially dropped back to eighth place. Captain Aytac Sulu brought the Hessians into the lead (66th), Roberto Massimo equalled (90th), Florian Hartherz turned the game around (90th +3rd).
The game was in the first minutes under the influence of the mood boycott of the active fan scene. As a protest against the increasing commercialisation of professional football, the latter had called for a nationwide renunciation of cheering for about 20 minutes.
On the pitch, it became dangerous for the first time in front of 14,210 spectators after just under half an hour. Jonathan Clauss from Bielefeld took off from the edge of the penalty area, his shot slammed against the crossbar. Darmstadt, on the other hand, was not very visible at first. The situation was similar after the break. Bielefeld came with momentum from the cabin, but without becoming dangerous.
Darmstadt lacked the power to penetrate the game, only after standard situations did it get dicey from time to time. Accordingly, a resting ball also led to the Darmstädter leadership. Tobias Kempe took a free-kick from the half-field to the inside, Sulu headed in. But it was not enough to win.
BOCHUM - DRESDEN 0:1 (0:0)
With the second victory in four days, Dynamo Dresden climbed up to the promotion delegation spot in the 2nd Bundesliga. The Saxons surprisingly won the VfL Bochum with 1:0 (1:0) and caused the Westphalians their first defeat since the beginning of August.
Moussa Kone brought the Dresdeners, who had won 4:1 against SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday, into the lead with a penalty kick (39th). Tom Weilandt from Bochum had fended off the ball after a cross by Patrick Ebert with outstretched arm. VfL had not lost five games against Bundesliga relegator 1. FC Köln after the 0:2 bankruptcy at the start of the season on 4 August. Shadowbet Casino has new offer to the new players, to know more about it, check them out.
Bochum disappointed over long distances. Only in the second half did the hosts live up to their role as favourites and intensified their offensive efforts. With a long-range shot Sebastian Meier forced Dynamo goalkeeper Markus Schubert to a brilliant parade (58.).