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WATCH: BAUMGART: "BOTH TEAMS HAD A GOOD MENTALITY"

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Billy Goats bouncing

Kingsley Schindler's first-ever Bundesliga goal has settled a dramatic Rhine Derby in Cologne's favour. The Billy Goats are are up to seventh in the standings after seeing off a Leverkusen side who had their chances in this game.
Full-time
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Yellow card

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Kerem Demirbay
Kerem Demirbay
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Time running out

Cologne are just minutes away from a big win and what would be a first clean sheet away from home this season.
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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.
Moussa Diaby
Moussa Diaby 35.99km/h
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Timo Hübers
Timo Hübers 34.41km/h
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Paulinho
Paulinho 33.33km/h
88'

Substitution

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Tim Lemperle
Tim Lemperle
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Florian Kainz
Florian Kainz
86'

Handball shouts waved away

The Leverkusen crowd are shouting for a penalty, claiming that Modeste handled in the area following a Bayer free kick. Nothing doing, says the ref.
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That scoring feeling !

Schindler's last goal prior to today came for Kiel against Regensburg on February 3, 2019 in the second division. In 64 competitive games before today's match, he failed to find the net.
79'

Azmoun again

Another big moment for the Iranian, who chest controls in front of goal but swipes at the ball, allowing Schwäbe to save.
76'

Substitution

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Jan Thielmann
Jan Thielmann
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Sebastian Andersson
Sebastian Andersson
75'

Sardar Azmoun's big chance

Fosu-Mensah tees up Sardar Azmoun from the right but the forward swings more at the air than the ball and a glorious chance goes begging. Demirbay's subsequent shot at goal is blocked out by Schwäbe.
72'

Straight into the action

It's worth noting that Dejan Ljubicic hit that assist with his second touch of the game while Schindler's goal-scoring volley was only his third touch. Super subs!
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Schindler first

A very first Bundesliga goal for Kingsley Schindler comes in his 28th top-flight game.
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Schindler opener

There it is ! The breakthrough for Cologne and it's a super sub combo that's done it. Superb work from Ljubicic to keep the ball in play on the left while sending an inviting cross for Schindler to convert with a volley at the far post.
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Kingsley Schindler

GOAL!

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Kingsley Schindler
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.
26 %
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Cologne changes ...

Visting coach Baumgart also opts for a double swap with Schindler and Ljubicic coming on.
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Yellow card

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Benno Schmitz
Benno Schmitz
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Double swap B04

Paulinho has been lively, but missed his big chance in that one-v-one in the first half. He's been replaced by Azmoun. Charles Aranguiz is also on for the hosts.
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Substitution

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Kingsley Schindler
Kingsley Schindler
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Ellyes Skhiri
Ellyes Skhiri
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Substitution

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Dejan Ljubicic
Dejan Ljubicic
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Ondrej Duda
Ondrej Duda
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Substitution

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Charles Aránguiz
Charles Aránguiz
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Exequiel Palacios
Exequiel Palacios
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Substitution

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Sardar Azmoun
Sardar Azmoun
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Paulinho
Paulinho
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Spark needed

This has been an intense Rhine Derby so far and it will require a spark of inspiration to create the opening goal.
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Modeste header

The Cologne forward eyes up Andersson's sublime volleyed pass but heads narrowly wide. That's better from the visitors.
53'

Adli threatening

Adli gives chase to Alario's brilliant through pass but the Leverkusen man is upended by Skhiri as he bears down on goal. Yellow card for the Cologne defensive midfielder. The subsequent free kick is deflected away for a corner.
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Adli has a go

Adli smashes a shot way off target as Die Werkself take the game to their opponents at the start of this second half.
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Yellow card

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Ellyes Skhiri
Ellyes Skhiri
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Further Bayer change

A third substitution for Leverkusen with Seoane making another move at the break, bringing in Tapsoba in for Kossounou.
Kick-off!
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Back underway ....

The second half in ON ! Impossible to predict how this one will finish. Entertainment guaranteed, though.
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Substitution

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Edmond Tapsoba
Edmond Tapsoba
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Odilon Kossounou
Odilon Kossounou
Half-time
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All square at the break

It's been incident packed with chances at both ends and Leverkusen losing Frimpong and Wirtz to respective injuries. There's no separating the teams on the scoreboard at the break, though.
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Time added on

We've had the physio on the pitch for lengthy spells on two occasions in this half, meaning there will be five minutes of added time.
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Palacios sees yellow

Palacios goes into the book for upending Jonas Hector as we approach the break.
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Yellow card

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Exequiel Palacios
Exequiel Palacios
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Evenly balanced

Both teams have had four efforts at goal, are sharing 50% of possession and have no goals thus far. Doesn't get more even than that.
41'

Demirbay off target

Kerem Demirbay shapes up to whack a free kick at goal. Nice form from the No.10, but his curling free kick goes over the crossbar.
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Early subs

The last time Leverkusen had to sub off two players at such an early stage of a game was against Stuttgart back in October 2020.
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Big chance Leverkusen

A looser than loose back pass by Skhiri and Diaby pounces, moving to the left of Schwäbe but then firing harmlessly off target. That was a golden opportunity handed to the hosts.
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An unwanted Wirtz first

That's the first time Florian Wirtz has had to be substituted in the first half in his Bundesliga career. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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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.
Moussa Diaby
Moussa Diaby 35.99km/h
2.
Timo Hübers
Timo Hübers 34.41km/h
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Paulinho
Paulinho 33.33km/h
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Game over for Wirtz

That's a real blow for Bayer and Wirtz, who is stretchered off and looking distraught. Armine Adli is on for the hosts.
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Substitution

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Amine Adli
Amine Adli
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Florian Wirtz
Florian Wirtz
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Wirtz down

Worrying times here for B04 fans with Wirtz down on the floor and looking in some pain following a tackle by Kilian on the edge of the area.
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Kainz goes close

Cologne's No.11 arcs his body and sends a tasty curler towards the far post. Hradecky dives across to palm that one out. Top save from Bayer's captain.
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Almost Paulinho

Brilliant from Wirtz, who threads a neat pass through to Paulinho. It's one-v-one versus goalkeeper Schwäbe for the Brazilian, but the Cologne custodian wins, saving with his leg.
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Diaby menacing

A lightning-quick Leverkusen counter has the home fans on their feet. Diaby races forward and looks to play a one-two with Wirtz, who just can't quite direct a lofted return pass in for the French attacker, who shows his frustration.
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Early change

That's a sad end to proceedings for Frimpong who looked in some pain following that earlier challenge by Kainz. The Bayer man is replaced by Fosu-Mensah.
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Substitution

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Tim Fosu-Mensah
Tim Fosu-Mensah
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Jeremie Frimpong
Jeremie Frimpong
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B04 on the attack

Frimpong is back on the field for now and Leverkusen immediately race forward with Alario and then Demirbay causing some panic in the Cologne area. No dice for the hosts, however, as Cologen clear their lines.
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Frimpong limps off

Frimpong is struggling here following a challenge by Kainz. The Leverkusen man hobbles off for treatment.
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Blue skies above

Both teams testing each other out here under blue skies in North Rhine-Westphalia. Cologne have been bossing possession in the early stages, with B04 set up to counter.
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Baumgart ever watchful

Visiting coach Baumgart is already prowling the touchline in distinctive flat cap. The Billy Goats lost to Hoffenheim last time out but are yet to lose two straight league games this season.
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Game on

Leverkusen get us underway.
Kick-off!

Teams out !

The teams have taken to the pitch and we're all set to go at the BayArena where third-placed Bayer face Cologne, in eighth, in the Rhine Derby !
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Modeste milestone in sight

Cologne's Anthony Modeste scored twice when these teams played out a 2-2 draw back in October and the French forward would hit 80 Bundesliga goals, and 61 in Cologne colours, if he managed to repeat that feat today.

Diaby looking for more

We're in for a treat with so much attacking excellence on display today. Of the many players to keep an eye out for, the superb Moussa Diaby is just one. Leverkusen’s No.19 has 12 goals and seven assists to his name in the Bundesliga so far in 2021/22. The 19-year-old has even netted seven in his last six Bundesliga outings.
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Cologne to do it their way

Cologne's enigmatic coach, Steffen Baumgart, has also been having his say on today's derby against Leverkusen. "They have superior quality in terms of moving into attacking positions," he said. "But we want to make life difficult for them and to win. We want to play football there in our own way."
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B04 ready to adapt

Asked how his team might counter any possible physical approach to today's game by Cologne, Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane responded, "We know we can play high level football quickly and directly with few touches of the ball. But with certain opponents you need other skills such as using your body."

Cologne team news

Steffen Baumgart welcomes captain Jonas Hector back to his starting XI while there is also a return for Timo Hübers in defence. Ondrej Duda comes into midfield while up front, Sebastian Andersson is in to form a strike partnership alongside Anthony Modeste for the first time this year.

Leverkusen team news

Bayer's 20-goal striker, Patrik Schick, continues his recovery from a calf injury, meaning Lucas Alario continues to lead the line for Die Werkself today. Elswhere, coach Seoane makes four changes to the side that lost to Atalanta during the week, with Odilon Kossounou, Piero Hincapie, Kerem Demirbay and Paulinho all starting.

Cologne subs

Horn, Ehizibue, Horn, Chabot, Ljubicic, Schindler, Schaub, Lemperle, Thielmann

Cologne Starting XI

Schwäbe - Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) - Skhiri - Duda, Özcan, Kainz - Modeste, Andersson

Leverkusen subs

Grill, Lomb, Bakker, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven, Fosu-Mensah, Aranguiz, Adli, Azmoun

Leverkusen Starting XI

Hradecky (c) - Frimpong, Tah, Kossounou, Hincapie - Palacios, Demirbay - Diaby, Wirtz, Paulinho - Alario

Man in the middle

Our ref today is Sascha Stegeman from Niederkassel. The 37-year-old is taking charge of his 112th Bundesliga game.

Make some noise

A 22,000 plus crowd is expected at the impressive BayArena this afternoon, which represents 75% of the stadium's capacity. We're all set for a terrific atmosphere.

We love derby days

It's the 68th Rhine Derby meeting between these teams and today's encounter looks set to be a classic with both sides salivating over a European finish with just nine games of the season to go. What's your Derby prediction?
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