Goals: 0-1 Geiger (9'), 0-2 Wagner (pen. 56'), 0-3 Wagner (80')
Mark Uth flicked a header just beyond the far post before Hoffenheim took an early lead with Dennis Geiger meeting Nadiem Amiri's cross at the near post and, with his second touch, slotting the ball in from close range. Leonardo Bittencourt curled Cologne's first shot beyond the far post before Amiri, Kerem Demirbay and Sandro Wagner all threatened Timo Horn's goal and Geiger scuppered an excellent opportunity to add his and Hoffenheim's second. Yuya Osako gave Cologne some hope just before half-time when he struck the post, but it was still too little for Peter Stöger's men.
The Billy Goats showed in Europe in midweek that they have not forgotten how to score goals, but domestically, their woes continued when Uth was felled by Pawel Olkowski inside the penalty area and Sandro Wagner doubled Hoffenheim's lead from the spot. Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was given some work to do by substitute Milos Jojic (twice) and Olkowski, but a psychologically deflated Cologne side took every miss as a further blow to an already destitute morale, and Wagner's second and Hoffenheim's third hit them while they were down as their wait for a first Bundesliga win of the season extended to 11 matches.