Highlights

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WATCH: ONDREJ DUDA ON ANTHONY MODESTE'S AERIAL PROWESS

90'
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COLOGNE KICK-OFF 2022 WITH A WIN

It's all over in Berlin, where Cologne claim all three points and move into the European places in sixth. Modeste's ninth header of the season got the ball rolling before Duda made it 2-0 as the Billy Goats struck twice in three first half minutes. Darida pulled one back for Hertha but Cologne were good for the win, one wrapped up by Thielmann in the 91st-minute. Hertha are 12th as a result and we're off to Bochum next, where Wolfsburg are the visitors in the final game of Matchday 18.
Full-time
90'
+ 1

ALL WRAPPED UP

There will indeed be one more goal and it's Cologne that wrap up all three points and move into sixth-place in the first minute of injury time. Thielmann pounces on a Darida mistake just inside the Hertha half, races clear, rounds Schwolow and fires home. Done. And. Dusted.
90'
+ 1

Jan Thielmann

GOAL!

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Jan Thielmann
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
32 %
90'

FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON

One more goal?
90'

AS xPECTED

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
The xGoals from this game is pretty much bang on as we head into stoppage time. Good work from the football robots.
xGoals
1
1.33
2.0
2
Goals
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Lukas Klünter
Lukas Klünter 33.89km/h
2.
Niklas Stark
Niklas Stark 33.46km/h
3.
Myziane Maolida
Myziane Maolida 32.26km/h
89'

LAST CHANCE SALOON

We're into the final minute of the 90. Can Hertha grab a dramatic late equaliser or will Cologne hold on?
86'

BOATENG MISSES WOLFSBURG MATCH

That was Boateng's fifth booking of the season, meaning he will miss Hertha's Matchday 19 meeting with Wolfsburg who sit just a point behind the Old Lady as it stands. Meanwhile, Ostrak replaces Duda, whose second goal of the game looks like it may be enough to secure all three points for Cologne.
85'

Substitution

sub
Tomáš Ostrák
Tomáš Ostrák
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Ondrej Duda
Ondrej Duda
82'

TWO MORE HERTHA CHANGES

It's much more of a like for like double change this time as Klünter replaces Pekarik on the right of defence and Tousart is swapped in for Ascacibar in central midfield. Not long left now.
82'

Yellow card

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Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng
81'

Substitution

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Lucas Tousart
Lucas Tousart
sub
Santiago Ascacíbar
Santiago Ascacíbar
81'

Substitution

sub
Lukas Klünter
Lukas Klünter
sub
Peter Pekarík
Peter Pekarík
79'

BAUMGART SHORES IT UP

Left-back Horn comes on in place of striker Uth as Cologne show the first signs of looking to protect their lead.
78'

Substitution

sub
Jannes Horn
Jannes Horn
sub
Mark Uth
Mark Uth
77'

EVEN IN POSSESSION

Neither side has dominated the ball today, with possession staying pretty even throughout. Cologne, however, have been far more incisive when they've had it. That's the major difference.
Possession (%)
4951
75'

15 TO PLAY

We're into the final quarter of an hour at the Olympiastadion and Hertha are running out of time to find an equaliser. Boateng has looked a threat since coming on but Cologne are still posing the greater attacking threat.
70'

TWO HERTHA CHANGES

Boateng and Ekkelenkamp are on for the home side as Korkut rolls the dice for the first time. Can they grab an equaliser in these final 20 minutes?
69'

Substitution

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Jurgen Ekkelenkamp
Jurgen Ekkelenkamp
sub
Davie Selke
Davie Selke
69'

Substitution

sub
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng
sub
Myziane Maolida
Myziane Maolida
68'

INDIRECT FREE KICK FROM SEVEN YARDS

Another fine footballing sight as Cologne have an indirect free kick from just seven yards out. Every Hertha player is on the line and Schwolow flies out first to deny Uth from close range. Good save.
66'

DOUBLE CHANGE

Cologne make two changes as Ljubicic and Thielmann enter the fray. Just over 20 minutes left, with this still in the balance.
66'

Substitution

sub
Jan Thielmann
Jan Thielmann
sub
Florian Kainz
Florian Kainz
65'

Substitution

sub
Dejan Ljubicic
Dejan Ljubicic
sub
Louis Schaub
Louis Schaub
61'

Yellow card

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Suat Serdar
Suat Serdar
60'

HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR DARIDA

Distance run (km)
8.5
8.5
Vladimír Darida Louis Schaub
58'

COMEBACK IS ON!

Darida's inswinging cross from wide on the left beats everyone and bends into the far corner for his first goal of the season. It was a wicked ball in, delivered into that corridor of uncertainty that means Schwäbe has no chance to keep it out. Hertha back in it.
57'

Vladimír Darida

GOAL!

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Vladimír Darida
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
3 %
54'

PEKARIK DENIED

A superb break from midfield by Serdar sees the pitch open up in front of him and the Hertha midfielder feeds Pekarik on the overlap, whose subsequent shot is diverted behind by Schwäbe. Much better from the hosts.
51'

COLOGNE RESUME ON TOP

It's been all Cologne since the break and Hertha are already at real risk of conceding further.
48'

Yellow card

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Jordan Torunarigha
Jordan Torunarigha
46'

CHANGE OF REFEREE

Not sure why but it's worth noting that the fourth official, Alexander Sather, and referee, Tobias Stieler, have swapped duties at the start of the second half.
46'

BACK UNDERWAY

Cologne get the ball rolling for the second half...
Kick-off!
2:03
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WATCH: DORTMUND COME FROM TWO GOALS DOWN TO WIN 3-2

If Hertha need inspiration for a dramatic comeback, they need look no further than Borussia Dortmund's heroics against Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday. Two in two days would be special. Unless you're a Cologne fan, mind...
45'
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COLOGNE COMFORTABLE AT HALF TIME

It took a little while to get going but this game burst into life with two goals in the space of three first half minutes. Modeste was the first to strike with his ninth headed goal of the season before Duda made it 2-0 to the visitors with an effort that smuggled its way under the diving Schwolow. Cologne cruising, Hertha need to improve.
Half-time
45'

TIME ADDED ON

Can Hertha pull one back before half time? Afraid to say it's looking unlikely, Hertha fans.
42'

MODESTE CLEAR...

But Schwolow denies the Cologne striker, who tries to fire into the bottom left of the Hertha goal but can't quite get the purchase he needs.
38'

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

Three shots on target and a two-goal lead. That makes for clinical reading from a Cologne perspective and Hertha will be ruing that miss from Maolida on 29 minutes. With the scores level, he was through on goal but denied by the feet of Schwäbe and his side suddenly found themselves trailing 2-0 just three minutes later.
Goal attempts
2 off target
1 on target
3 off target
3 on target
33'

DUDA MAKES IT TWO!

Hertha are in trouble now as Kainz's cross from the right is headed out to the edge of the box but only to Duda who fires through the crowd and under Schwolow to double Cologne's advantage.
32'

Ondrej Duda

GOAL!

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Ondrej Duda
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
8 %
31'

THE GOAL STANDS

A quick look on the monitors and Modeste's opener stands. An incisive break from Cologne and a goal very much out of their Plan A playbook: Get it wide, get a cross into the box, let Modeste fo the rest.
30'

MODESTE MAKES IT 1-0

One attack after Maolida's miss and Cologne are in front. Typically, it's a Uth cross that Modeste heads home for his 12th goal - and ninth with his head - of the season. VAR is taking a look though, this may be chalked off...
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Myziane Maolida
Myziane Maolida 32.26km/h
2.
Jonas Hector
Jonas Hector 32.06km/h
3.
Maximilian Mittelstädt
Maximilian Mittelstädt 31.90km/h
29'

Anthony Modeste

GOAL!

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Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
62 %
29'

MAOLIDA THROUGH ON GOAL...

But, like Uth, he can't find the net. And it's a costly miss...
27'

PENALTY AREA PING PONG

You've got a love a bit of a scramble in the penalty box. It's at the Hertha end here as the ball bounces off one player to another in quick succession, complete with penalty appeals for handball, missed control and a foul on the edge of the area to round it all off. Superb.
24'

COLOGNE IMPROVING

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
The visitors hadn't had a shot until the 20th minute but suddenly look the most likely to open the scoring.
xGoals
0
0.37
0.41
0
Goals
22'

UTH MUST SCORE...

But doesn't! Cologne suddenly burst to life and Uth races clear, on his left foot, but fires wide of Schwolow's goal. It's ultimately pulled back for an offside in the build-up and Schaub goes close moments later, too. Clear warning signs for Hertha.
20'

SAVE SCHWOLOW!

Cologne finally get wide and a good ball into the box and it so nearly pays dividends. Schwolow is drawn into a sharp save and the follow up finds its way to Modeste but he's in an offside position and leaves the ball to drop narrowly wide.
15'

Yellow card

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Timo Hübers
Timo Hübers
14'

MODESTE QUIET

Modeste has yet to get involved in an attacking sense, with the Billy Goats' 11-goal top scorer being well marshalled by Stark and Torunarigha thus far. Cologne haven't managed to get balls into the box, which is testament to how well Hertha have defended early on.
10'

HALF CHANCE

Some nice build-up play from Hertha once more as they break from midfield and Selke's cross from the left so nearly finds Richter but he's nudged off it before he can apply a finish. The hosts are warming to things.
6'

MAOLIDA FLASHES WIDE

A nice Hertha interchange frees Maolida on the right edge of the Cologne box but he drags his shot wide of the far post.
3'

SLOW AND STEADY

Neither side has flown out the traps so far, with both feeling their way into things. Cologne have had more of the ball, while we're yet to see a shot at either end.
1'

OFF WE GO!

And we're underway...
Kick-off!
3:22
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WATCH: COLOGNE SOARING WITH MODESTE

Keeping to the aerial theme, Anthony Modeste is giving Cologne wings this year, with 11 league goals already. Eight of those have come from his head, more than any other player across Europe's top five leagues at this stage of the season.

HERTHA FLYING UNDER KORKUT

Hertha have won both of their two home matches under Tayfun Korkut and have picked up seven points out of 12 under the 47-year-old since he took charge in December.

10 MINUTES TO KICK-OFF

We're just a handful of minutes away from kick-off at the Olympiastadion. Here's hoping for a belter to start the New Year in style in the capital.
2:03
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WATCH: COLOGNE WIN REVERSE FIXTURE 3-1

When these two met earlier in the campaign it was Cologne that ran out 3-1 winners on home soil. Florian Kainz scored twice in the space of three second-half minutes that day as the Billy Goats came from behind to cancel out an early Stevan Jovetic goal and beat the Old Lady 3-1 at the RheinEnergieStadion.

AS IT STANDS

Hertha begin the Rückrunde looking up from 12th-place at their Matchday 18 visitors in ninth but victory for the hosts would move them to within a point of Cologne and the top half. As for the Billy Goats, victory by two or more goals would lift them into a European place in sixth.
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COLOGNE PLAYERS TAKE A PEAK AT THE PITCH

TEAM NEWS - HERTHA

Hertha also make a pair of changes from the team that beat Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 17. Ishak Belfodil is replaced in attack by David Selke, while Suat Serdar comes in for Jurgen Ekkelenkamp in midfield.

TEAM NEWS - COLOGNE

Steffen Baumgart makes two changes to his side that finished 2021 by beating VfB Stuttgart, with Luca Kilian and Mark Uth replacing Rafael Czichos and Sebastian Andersson. It means first-choice goalkeeper Timo Horn doesn't come straight back in after injury, with deputy Marvin Schwäbe continuing between the posts.

HERTHA STARTING XI

Schwolow – Pekarik, Stark (c), Torunarigha, Mittelstädt – Richter, Darida, Ascacibar, Serdar – Selke, Maolida

HERTHA SUBS

Christensen, Klünter, Plattenhardt, Dardai, Gechter, Ekkelenkamp, Boateng, Tousart, Jastrzembski

COLOGNE STARTING XI

Schwäbe – Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) – Özcan – Schaub, Duda, Kainz – Modeste, Uth

COLOGNE SUBS

T. Horn, Ljubicic, Ehizibue, J. Horn, Lemperle, Thielmann, Obuz, Ostrak, Olesen
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