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WATCH: KRUSE: "I DIDN'T WANT THE RECORD ANYWAY"
A late foul on Limnios provides the chance for Cologne to snatch a draw here late on. A dangerous free-kick to come.
We're into three minutes of added on time at the end of this one, with Cologne pushing for an equaliser.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
REXHBECAJ FORCES A SAVE!
A shot from the edge of the box forces Luthe into some rare action for Cologne, and Czichos' flick from the following corner hits off a defender and bounces inches wide of goal.
Thielmann and Ehizibue are on with Cologne pushing again for an equaliser in these final 10 minutes.
CAN COLOGNE RESPOND?
Union have brought on fresh legs after taking the lead and of the two sides, they have looked the most likely to take the lead again in this game. Now the home side will have to find another gear if they want to equalise for a second time.
KRUSE ON THE REBOUND!
Incredibly, Kruse misses the penalty for the first time in his career with Horn saving to his left. But Kruse is straight onto the rebound and puts it past the Cologne goalkeeper at the second attempt.
Ingvartsen is brought down in the box by Özcan and Union have the chance to go in front...
INTO THE FINAL 20...
We're lacking a spark in this game and have only seen once chance on goal from either side in the second half.
Limnios and Rexhbecaj come on here for Cologne, replacing Duda and Drexler.
PRÖMEL DRAGS ONE WIDE
Good work from Awoniyi as he battles into the Cologne box before cutting the ball back. It's cleared out only as far as Prömel, but the midfielder drags his shot wide of the mark with a rash effort.
FEW GOALS WILL DECIDE THIS
It's already clear to see that this game could see few goals in the second half, or maybe just one winner for either side. As we enter the final 30 it could also begin to open up.
A REAL MIDFIELD BATTLE
Salih ÖzcanRobert Andrich
DEFENCE WINNING THE DAY
Both sides still finding it hard to break one another down at the start of this second half. The midfield is where the real battle is happening.
UNION STARTING BRIGHTLY
The away side putting Cologne under some pressure here in the opening minutes, keeping the ball well across the pitch.
The ball is rolling again in the second half with no further changes at the break.
Just one minute of time added on at the end of this first half.
SKHIRI'S HEADER AGAIN!
He's on the end of Duda's corner this time as Luthe comes out but then quickly backtracks. The effort lands safely in his hands in front of goal.
APPROACHING THE BREAK
It's staying an even game here in Cologne right up to half-time. Chances few and far between, but both sides have taken one to have the scores level here.
BOTH SIDES TAKING THEIR CHANCES
SKHIRI HEADS COLOGNE LEVEL!
The free-kick curls in from Duda and it's a superb one. Skhiri meets it right in front of goal and does well to lower his head and meet the ball ahead of Knoche.
He brings down Wolf on the edge of his own penalty area.
UNION TAKING CONTROL
The away side enjoying much more of the ball now in the last few minutes, and finding space down the flanks. Becker and Ingvartsen heavily involved so far.
He loses the ball to Andrich in midfield and brings the Union man down.
Grischa Prömel is on for Sebastian Griesbeck here, with Union forced into an early change. A slight limp for him.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
That's Awoniyi's second ever Bundesliga goal, the other coming in his loan spell at Mainz last season. Interestingly enough that goal for Mainz also came against Cologne.
AWONIYI OPENS HIS UNION ACCOUNT!
The Liverpool loanee opens the scoring with his first goal for Union. A long ball is flicked on by Ingvartsen and Awoniyi gets in between Wolf and Czichos to battle for the second ball. It drops kindly to him on the edge of the box, and he's able to get a shot away past Horn.
LOOKING FOR A FINAL BALL
Both sides are in fine fettle in their possession until they reach the opposition's final third. At the moment, defence is winning the day and both sides are looking for a final pass to open up a chance.
ONE TO WATCH
Mathis Bruns is on the bench for the first time today for Union. At just 16 years and 236 days old himself, Bruns would become the second-youngest player in the Bundesliga's history should he come on. Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest ever yesterday, at 16 years and one day old for Dortmund.
AN EVEN BATTLE SO FAR
Cologne's first corner swings into the box and Andersson meets it at the near post, but with a defender right on him he can't angle his effort at goal in any way and it sails wide of the mark.
Cologne enjoying most of the ball here in the early stages, but Union have had the best chances so far. A competitive start to the game though.
FIRST BIG CHANCE!
Ingvartsen is found by Knoche's long ball over the top and beats the offside trap. One touch to bring it down in the Cologne box, but he can't keep his effort on target as he lofts the ball over Horn and the crossbar.
The away side come forward with a long ball over the top aimed at Kruse, and his cross is blocked behind for the first corner of the game.
IN THEIR KARNEVAL KIT
It's Karneval season in Cologne and therefore, the home side are sporting their annual Karneval-themed kit. Sadly due to the ongoing pandemic, Karneval has been cancelled in the city in Germany. But that doesn't mean that Cologne can't celebrate on the pitch.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Cologne...
MINUTES AWAY FROM KICK-OFF
The final game of the Bundesliga weekend is just minutes away now. Get any pre-match jobs finished up, because it's almost time to sit back and watch the action unfold!
WATCH: NO SECOND-SEASON SYNDROME FOR UNION
WARM-UPS WRAPPING UP!
Just some shooting practice now out on the RheinEnergieStadion pitch as the warm-ups are getting wrapped up before kick-off in just under 15 minutes time. Our final game of Matchday 8.
KRUSE THE MAN IN FORM
Kruse has scored three and assisted five since joining Union. His penalty in the 5-0 win over Bielefeld last Saturday was his 16th consecutive converted spot-kick in the Bundesliga, drawing him level with the record Jochen Abel set with Schalke in the 1980s.
ANDERSSON AGAINST HIS FORMER CLUB
Cologne target man Andersson scored 12 goals in 33 Bundesliga games for Union last term. Opposite number Anthony Ujah previously played for Cologne, scoring 10 times in 32 games.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Cologne have gone without a win in the Bundesliga for 17 games stretching back to March. One more would be a negative club record. Meanwhile, Union are now unbeaten for a club-record six Bundesliga games. They have never before been as high as fifth in the league table.
WATCH: THE VIEW IN COLOGNE
COLOGNE STARTING XI!
T. Horn (c) - Wolf, Mere, Czichos, Katterbach - Skhiri - Drexler, Duda, Özcan, Jakobs - Andersson
Zieler, Arokodare, Limnios, Ehezibue, Rexhbecaj, J. Horn, Thielmann, Sörensen, Bornauw
UNION STARTING XI!
Luthe - Trimmel (c), Friedrich, Knoche, Lenz - Griesbeck, Andrich - Becker, Kruse, Ingvartsen - Awoniyi
Karius, Ryerson, Gogia, Maciejewski, Prömel, Gießelmann, Teuchert, Bruns
Here you will find the most important information on the game between 1. FC Köln and 1. FC Union Berlin on Matchday 8 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.