WATCH: SKHIRI: “A REALLY GOOD FEELING”
We're into four minutes of added time at the end of this game.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Kingsley Ehizibue 33.44km/h
Ellyes Skhiri 33.10km/h
Dejan Ljubicic 32.46km/h
SKHIRI SEALS THE POINTS!
The three points are staying in Cologne and they're sealed by a late, late goal on the break from Skhiri. It's a Fürth corner which is cleared with Schaub leading the counter-attack. He perfectly times his lay-off to Skhiri to run onto in behind, and he dinks the ball over the oncoming Funk with a fantastic finish. The home support enjoyed that one!
GOAL!3 : 1
UTH FORCES A SAVE!
A late chance for a third for Cologne with Uth played into the Fürth box down the left. He fires low at goal at the near post, but Funk parries the ball wide of goal with a fine save.
Looking at xGoals, this would be a deserved win for the hosts if they can hold onto it.
DESERVED WIN ON THE WAY?
Özcan and Schaub come on and into midfield for Cologne, with Schmitz and Andersson coming off.
HEADING FOR A TENSE FINISH
Cologne aren't in control here as we enter the final 10 minutes. Fürth are finding time on the ball, but struggling to create clear-cut chances with the hosts sat back deeper.
An injection of pace for Cologne for the final 12 minutes as Kainz and Modeste come off to be replaced by Schindler and Ehizibue.
WHAT IT MEANS
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CHANGE IN ATTACK
Abiama replaces Nielsen in the Fürth attack here, looking to spark them to a late equaliser.
FÜRTH FIGHTING BACK
The away side have struggled to get much going in attack in this second half, but are finding their way now with Cologne stepping off the gas ever so slightly. The game is opening up more and more as we approach the final 15 minutes.
Christiansen comes on for Griesbeck, who already has a yellow card in the Fürth midfield.
NIELSEN ON TARGET
A first effort on target for Fürth in this second half as Nielsen gets on the end of a free-kick played deep into the Cologne area, but his header down is a simple save for Horn.
A heavy challenge from the Cologne strike on Viergever earns him a caution.
Duda is replaced by Ljubicic with just over 20 minutes to play here.
He played a role in the equaliser, and Kainz has been slick on the ball when pushing his side forward.
KAINZ RUNNING THE SHOW
13 crosses so far from the hosts compared to just one from Fürth. Cologne's gameplan is clear to see, and it's working once again.
Leitl responds to his side going behind with two changes: Itten is on for Hrgota, while Leweling replaces Tillman.
Cologne have turned this game around and don't look interested in taking their foot off the pedal in this second half. They're peppering the Fürth area with crosses from right and left.
OFF THE CROSSBAR!
Almost a third for Cologne in bizarre fashion as Funk attempts to push a corner into the Fürth area over his own goal, but instead pushes it onto his crossbar. Luckily the ball bounces clear.
SECOND HALF SO FAR!
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SKHIRI TURNS IT AROUND!
Five minutes after Andersson's leveller and Cologne area ahead here! It's a corner from the left which Kainz whips into the near post. Hector flicks it on and Skhiri and Czichos are both waiting at the back post, and it's a touch from Skhiri which puts the ball over the line.
GOAL!2 : 1
COLOGNE ON TOP!
9 off target
4 on target
3 off target
1 on target
BIG CHANCE FOR ANDERSSON!
Cologne work the ball from the left across the edge of the Fürth area as Duda spots Andersson in space. He takes a touch before going for goal, but Funk is off his line quickly and makes a big save.
HERE COME COLOGNE!
Schmitz whips in a cross from the right and Uth is inches from reaching it, but Viergever is able to clear the ball over his own crossbar under pressure.
ANDERSSON LEVELS IT UP!
Five minutes into the second half and Cologne are level! It's well-worked down the right as Schmitz finds Duda, who finds Kainz and he perfectly slots Schmitz in on goal down the right-hand side. He races onto the through ball ahead of Funk at his near-post and pokes the ball across goal for Andersson to tuck home.
GOAL!1 : 1
CHANCE ON THE COUNTER
A three-on-one chance opens up for Fürth on the break, but Skhiri recovers well to steal the ball from Hrgota as he looks for options.
No changes at the break from either side as we get back underway for the second half in Cologne.
Just the one minute of time to be added on at the end of this first half.
BIG CHANCE FOR MODESTE!
That's the closest Cologne have come to finding a goal as Hector swings in a cross from the left which is met perfectly by Modeste in front of goal. He powers a header at goal from close range, but Fink is in the right place at the right time to parry that one away.
DUDA FIRES OVER
Some nice movement from the attacking midfielder as he finds space between the lines for Czichos to find him in. A tidy turn onto his left allows him to shoot for goal, but he fires his effort just over this time.
Cologne not forcing their way forward here, but Fürth are pressing them well whenever they try to push the ball forward and out from defence. It's proving difficult for the hosts to find a way through the visiting defence.
Cologne have had six attempts on goal to Fürth's four, but the away side have had the far better chances so far.
FÜRTH WITH THE BETTER CHANCES
DUDZIAK OFF THE POST TWICE!
Incredible scenes in Cologne as Dudziak is played clean through on goal by Hrgota. He only has Horn to beat and does so with his shot across goal, but it bounces back out off the post and towards him to the right of goal. He controls the rebound and from the tightest of angles looks to score once more, but he can only clip the same post again with his effort. Dudzaik left with his head in his hands!
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Timothy Tillman 31.56km/h
Anthony Modeste 30.90km/h
Branimir Hrgota 30.81km/h
ON THE HUNT
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ANDERSSON JUST WIDE
Cologne work the ball wide for Kainz to cross from the right. There are several bodies at the back post but Andersson is the one to get on the end of this, but he can only glance a header wide of Fink's post.
An early card for Griesbeck for his foul on Uth in midfield.
NOT FAR AWAY
Seguin curls a free-kick from the left towards the back post of the Cologne area with Tillman lurking, but the ball drops out of play behind Horn's goal.
TILLMAN FIRES WIDE!
A chance on the counter for Fürth with Tillman found in space on the right. He's outside of the Cologne area and Czichos is closing across so he takes a shot at goal, but slices his effort wide of the mark this time.
COLOGNE ON TOP
Cologne are on top here despite having gone behind. Most of the play is happening in Fürth's area, with Cologne keeping possession and looking to go wide to then find crosses into the box. Fink makes his second save of the game from Andersson's header.
UTH HAS A GO!
Cologne responding well here as they play a corner shot on the right and Uth races towards the corner of the Fürth area. Space opens up for him on his favoured left foot, but he can't curl his effort on target.
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Situation No penalty
Review Previous offside?
Decision No penalty
TEXTBOOK FROM TILLMAN
The German-born American with his second assist of the campaign and that was a really sweet one from the midfielder. He's repaid the faith shown in him by coach Stefan Leitl already with that assist.
FÜRTH IN FRONT!
What a start for the visitors who score in the first half of a game for the first time this season. It's all down the left with a throw-in pushing Fürth forward. The ball comes to Tillman with his back to goal and being pressured by Mere, but he spots the forward run of Meyerhöfer from the right with a fantastic pass and Meyerhöfer slots under Horn for his first Bundesliga goal. That one silenced the home crowd!
GOAL!0 : 1
TWO HOLDING MIDFIELDER
Ellyes Skhiri and Paul Seguin are being tasked with anchoring each side's midfield this evening, with five attack players in front of them on either side. A vital cog in the two machines on show.
The home side making the early moves forward with the ball, as Schmitz swings across his first - but certainly not his last - cross from right-back. He's affectionately known as the "Kölsche Cafu" by the home fans.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Cologne as we get the weekend's action underway in style in Cologne...
All 40,000 fans rise in the RheinEnergieStadion to sing out the Cologne anthem "Mer stonn zo dir" as the players come out onto the pitch. You get the feeling that this stadium is going to be bouncing throughout the evening.
AGEING LIKE A FINE WINE
Cologne's starting XI is 28.9 years old on average, making it the oldest in the Bundesliga for over 11 years. The last time Cologne lined up with an XI around this age was in the 2-2 draw against Freiburg on May 1, 2010, when it averaged 29.3 years.
NOW'S THE TIME FOR FÜRTH?
All four of Fürth's Bundesliga wins to date fell away from home, in the 2012/13 season. It's worth watching along until the end this evening, as Fürth have scored each of their four goals this season in the second half of matches.
BOUNCING BILLY GOATS!
Cologne are unbeaten in four Bundesliga games for the first time since December-January 2019. It's the longest run for Steffen Baumgart as a coach in the top flight. The Billy Goats are also unbeaten in their last four home games in the league, winning three of those.
TALE OF THE TAPE!
Cologne have made one of their best starts to a Bundesliga campaign in recent memory. The Billy Goats sit seventh coming into this weekend, with a win tonight potentially taking them into the top-four depending on goal difference. Meanwhile, Fürth have struggled since gaining promotion back to the top-flight. The Shamrocks sit bottom of the table with just one point from six games having conceded the most goals so far this season. Will tonight be the night that they celebrate their first Bundesliga win since 2013?
SEPTEMBER GOAL OF THE MONTH!
FÜRTH TEAM NEWS
Itten got a goal against the league leaders last weekend, but he picked up a knock in training and will remain on the bench with Nielsen preferred in attack here. Griesbeck also appears to have solidified a place in midfield for Fürth ahead of the likes, while goalkeeper Burchert has been dropped in place of Funk. Elsewhere, Tillman starts ahead of Green.
COLOGNE TEAM NEWS
Steffen Baumgart makes two changes to his side for this evening. Mark Uth and Jorge Mere come in, with the former lining up in the No.10 position as Andersson keeps his place in attack alongside top-scorer Modeste.
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COLOGNE STARTING XI!
T. Horn - Schmitz, Mere, Czichos, Hector (c) - Skhiri - Duda, Uth, Kainz - Modeste, Andersson
Schwäbe, Hübers, Kilian, Ehizibue, Özcan, Ljubicic, Schindler, Schaub, Ostrak
FÜRTH STARTING XI!
Funk - Meyerhöfer, Bauer, Viergever, Willems - Seguin, Griesbeck, Tillman, Dudziak - Nielsen, Hrgota (c)
Burchert, Barry, Seufert, Christiansen, Sarpei, Green, Abiama, Itten, Leweling
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IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT BUNDESLIGA!
The weekend is here, Bundesliga fans, and that means that football is back as we're in Cologne for the opening game of Matchday 7 with Greuther Fürth in town, with 40,000 fans in the RheinEnergieStadion - the most since the start of the pandemic.
Here you can find all the information about Köln against Fürth on Matchday 7.