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WATCH: XABI ALONSO ON HIS HALF-TIME TEAM TALK

90'
+ 5

FULL TIME

There goes the full time whistle! A hard one for Cologne to take. The hosts were a goal up and looked like turning the screw in the second half until the team that are fast becoming known as the counter-attack specialists struck ... twice. Amiri's deflected free kick brought parity before Diaby slotted home the winner. Another huge three points for Xabi Alonso's Bayer.
Full-time
90'
+ 4

LAST CHANCE

Cologne blow a chance at the death. A free kick into the mixer and no home player can get a decent touch on it. Leverkusen are heading for victory ....
90'

HATS OFF, FRIMPONG

Frimpong makes way. What a performance it's been from the Dutchman who has played wonderfully in tandem with Diaby down that right hand side.
90'

Substitution

sub
Tim Fosu-Mensah
Tim Fosu-Mensah
sub
Jeremie Frimpong
Jeremie Frimpong
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.
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong
Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong 34.63km/h
2.
Moussa Diaby
Moussa Diaby 33.93km/h
3.
Sargis Adamyan
Sargis Adamyan 33.83km/h
89'

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Kerem Demirbay
Kerem Demirbay
85'

Substitution

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Kerem Demirbay
Kerem Demirbay
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Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi
84'

DERBY HANDBAGS

Yellow cards all 'round as a bit of Rhine Derby fisticuffs breaks out. We've had pretty much everything else so a touch of a scuffle was to be expected.
84'

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Robert Andrich
Robert Andrich
84'

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Jan Thielmann
Jan Thielmann
82'

COLOGNE CROSSBAR !

Well, well, well. What a game this is. Tigges rises to head Schindler's cross and it cannons back off the crossbar.
80'

Substitution

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Ondrej Duda
Ondrej Duda
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Sargis Adamyan
Sargis Adamyan
78'

ALONSO'S WISE WORDS

Incredibly, Leverkusen have scored seven second-half goals in their last two games and none in the first. Is Xabi Alonso the master of the half-time team talk?
77'

COLOGNE FIGHTBACK?

Some sustained pressure from Cologne leads to Soldo blasting over the crossbar.
74'

Substitution

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Jan Thielmann
Jan Thielmann
sub
Florian Kainz
Florian Kainz
74'

Substitution

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Steffen Tigges
Steffen Tigges
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Linton Maina
Linton Maina
71'

LEVERKUSEN LEAD !

Would you, but would you believe it! Leverkusen have turned this game on its head in astounding circumstances. Cologne were on the attack when the visitors pounced. Diaby and Frimpong stormed away, exchanging passes on the counter. The latter then passed across the face for his teammate who stroked home! Cologne are stunned.
71'

Moussa Diaby

GOAL!

1 : 2
Moussa Diaby
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.
95 %
68'

GAME VERY MUCH ON

Intense response to that equaliser from both teams. What a game we have on our hands now. Can either side find a winner? More goals look a certainty at this stage.
65'

AMIRI, DEFLECTION AND IN

Amiri's done it! Straight from the free kick, the substitute's effort takes a wicked deflection off the wall and flies in. The visitors are level!
65'

Nadiem Amiri

GOAL!

1 : 1
Nadiem Amiri
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.
12 %
64'

LEVERKUSEN CHANCE

Amiri is felled on the edge of the Cologne area the Werkself have a chance to fire one in here ...
61'

Substitution

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Kingsley Schindler
Kingsley Schindler
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Benno Schmitz
Benno Schmitz
60'

B04 CHANGES

Leverkusen desperately needed something and Xabi Alonso has opted for a triple change. Adli, Amiri and Kossounou are into the Rhine Derby mix.
59'

Substitution

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Amine Adli
Amine Adli
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Adam Hložek
Adam Hložek
59'

Substitution

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Nadiem Amiri
Nadiem Amiri
sub
Exequiel Palacios
Exequiel Palacios
59'

Substitution

sub
Odilon Kossounou
Odilon Kossounou
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Jonathan Tah
Jonathan Tah
56'

xGoals

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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).
xGoals
1
0.78
0.24
1
Goals
54'

HUNGRY BILLY-GOATS

Maina has another go from distance and Hradecky is there to pluck that one out of the air. Cologne are on fire here.
52'

HOSTS ON TOP

Skhiri and Soldo both have unsccessful efforts on goal as Cologne look to turn the screw here. Top entertainment.
49'

CROSSBAR COLOGNE!

Jonas Hector has a look up and arcs his body into a shot from distance that has top corner written all over it. Hradecky dives across and, in one for the photographers, gets his fingertip to the ball to send it onto the bar. Insane save. Hradecky then denies Adamyan with a reflex stop moments later.
46'

AWAY WE GO ...

Game back on. So, what kind of response will Leverkusen mount and will Cologne look to protect their lead or go in search of a second? We're about to find out!
Kick-off!
45'
+ 3

HALF TIME

There goes the half time whistle. It's been a very entertaining, energetic 45 in this Rhine Derby, with the home fans on their feet after that belter from Schmitz. He'll be showing his grandchildren that goal.
Half-time
45'
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ONE OUT OF TEN

Adamyan tries a Schmitz with a volley and the results are the polar opposite of what the goalscorer produced 15 minutes ago.
45'

ALMOST TAPSOBA

Free kick on the Leverkusen right. Hudson Odoi delivers and Tapsoba heads wide by THIS much. (note: not very much at all).
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FIRST TIME SCHMITZ

In his 92nd Bundesliga game, Benno Schmitz registered his first goal. What a way to do it! Scoring a worldie for your first is never a bad way to get off the mark.
41'

KAINZ HAS A POP

Kainz cracks one in from the left but Hradecky will gobble those up all evening.
39'

HINCAPIE CLOSES THE DOOR

Adamyan battles to reach a through pass with Hincapie not allowing a way through. The defender does brilliantly to close the door fully and Hradecky can gather.
37'

NO GO LEVERKUSEN

Frimpong and Diaby combine down the right and the latter has a shot blocked wide. There was an offside in the build up, however.
32'

DERBY DELIGHT

If the RheinEnergieStadion was bouncing before, you should hear it now. The roar following Cologne's cracking opener almost took Steffen Baumgart's hat clean off !
30'

COLOGNE FIRECRACKER

Pick this one out! It's a thundershocker from Schmitz! Adamyan lifts a pass back into the mixer from the byline, Schmitz lets it bounce, controls on his chest and wellies a superb volley into the far corner. A Rhine Derby special!
30'

Benno Schmitz

GOAL!

1 : 0
Benno Schmitz
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 %
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.
Sargis Adamyan
Sargis Adamyan 33.83km/h
2.
Moussa Diaby
Moussa Diaby 33.62km/h
3.
Jonathan Tah
Jonathan Tah 33.56km/h
28'

INCREASE IN GEAR

Game's opening up now. Kainz's shot from the cut-back is blocked out for a corner, of which nothing comes.
27'

DIABY SIGHTER

Diaby this time with a hooked effort from distance that Schwäbe gathers handily enough.
26'

PALACIOS IN THE SKY

Cologne make a mess of clearing from inside their own box and the ball drops to Palacios, who smacks a rising effort not too far over the crossbar. Decent chance.
23'

HECTOR CENTRES

Adamyan gives to Hector and goes. The Cologne captain bounds down the left touchline and whips a low cross into the box. The visitors clear.
22'

Goal attempts
0 off target
1 on target
2 off target
0 on target
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STEADY PACE

Immense noise and energy from the stands but both sides are not following suit, playing cautiously and waiting for that opening instead. It's intriguing, if not spectacular.
17'

Possession (%)
5743
12'

ALERT ADAMYAN

Adamyan chases Huseinbasic's long pass over the top and for a moment it looks like the Cologne forward is in. There's just too much pace on the ball, however, and Leverkusen survive.
10'

xGoals

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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).
xGoals
0
0.1
0.04
0
Goals
8'

TOP STOP HRADECKY

Sargis Adamyan starts a move down the Bayer left and in no time he's finishing it with a stabbed shot high at the target which Hradecky parries over.
6'

FRIMPONG OFF TARGET

Frimpong gets a little over excited as he enters the Cologne area and the 21-year-old wellies way over the top.
3'

DIABY DANGER

Diaby delivers a long and accurate pass across for Hlozek from the right. The Czech forward controls and then loses possession and the hosts clear. Slow-ish start to proceedings here.
1'

PEEEEEEP !

Game on in Cologne. The visitors kick off in their all black kits ...
Kick-off!

HERE COME THE TEAMS

What an atmosphere we have on derby night ! the RheinEnergieStadion is rocking as the teams take to the field. Big, big game ahead ...

ALL ABOUT YOUTH

A total of 12 of the 22 players starting tonight are no older than 23.

HENNES RULED OUT

Sadly, there's to be no Hennes the Billy-Goat at this evening's game after all. Cologne have informed that their cherished mascot hasn't recovered from a cold and will stay at the zoo. Get well soon, Hennes ! (we know he reads our blogs)

COLOGNE TEAM NEWS

Cologne also feature three changes to their starting line up. Captain Jonas Hector is back in the side having recovered from injury while Denis Huseinbasic returns to play behind another new starter, Sargis Adamyan.
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BAYER TEAM NEWS

Exequiel Palacios makes his first Bundesliga start for two months in what is one of three changes in the Leverkusen starting line-up from the team that began the weekend win against Union. Jonathan Tah, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also in from the get-go for the visitors.

BAYER SUBS

Lomb, Lunev, Kossounou, Demirbay, Amiri, Adli, Fosu-Mensah, Azhil, Bellarabi

BAYER STARTING XI

Hradecky (c) - Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapie - Frimpong, Andrich, Palacios, Bakker - Diaby, Hlozek, Hudson-Odoi

COLOGNE SUBS

Horn, Pedersen, Schindler, Dida, Tigges, Chabot, Thielmann, Olesen, Strauch

COLOGNE STARTING XI

Schwäbe - Schmitz, Kilian, Soldo, Hector (c) - Skhiri, Martel - Huseinbasic, Maina, Kainz - Adamyan

BAYER'S AWAY BLUES

If they are to take something from this Matchday 14 encounter, Leverkusen will need to up their away-day efforts. Just one win away from the BayArena has the Werkself down in 15th spot in that particular table. Work to do.

COLOGNE SOLID AT HOME

Looking to bounce back from last weekend's 2-0 reverse against Freiburg, Cologne can count on some solid home form to raise confidence ahead of tonight's game. The Billy-Goats have won 11 of their 17 points at the RheinEnergieStadion this season and boast three wins and two draws in their own backyard.
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MORE WINS NEEDED

What a day Xabi Alonso and his B04 players had last Sunday. A 5-0 tonking of previous Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin sat very well with everyone connected with the Werkself. However, it'll all mean nothing if Leverkusen fail to show up here, according to the visiting coach. "Winning against Union is no good to us if we don't follow up that performance in Cologne," Alonso warned.
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EXCELLENT TRANSITION

Here's charismatic home coach Steffen Baumgart on how he rates this evening's visitors: "It's clear that they are much better than where they stand in the table. They have excellent quality in all positions and have an excellent transition game."

DERBY DAY IS UPON US

Today's Rhine Derby is impossible to predict, with both sides going into this one with varying form. In terms of the teams' last five meetings, Leverkusen lead the way with three wins and just one loss. Cologne, however, triumphed 1-0 last time out when the Rhine giants went head to head in March.
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RHINE RUMBLE!

It's derby time in Cologne! Local rivals Bayer Leverkusen are the visitors, fresh from a morale-boosting 5-0 rout of high-flying Union Berlin. This one is guaranteed to rock!