Highlights

90'
+ 1

Resounding win

Cologne is a happy place this evening. An outstanding performance saw them race to a remarkable win over Werder Bremen on their return to Bundesliga action.
Full-time
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.
Linton Maina
Linton Maina 34.81km/h
2.
Eren Sami Dinkci
Eren Sami Dinkci 32.49km/h
3.
Eric Martel
Eric Martel 32.23km/h
88'

Hector fires over

The Cologne captain fancies joining in on the scoring, but hits over from the edge of the box.
86'

Substitution

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Lee Buchanan
Lee Buchanan
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Anthony Jung
Anthony Jung
84'

Could have been the eighth

The ball breaks nicely to to Ljubicic in the box during another neat Cologne attack. Pavlenka gets hands to his effort and turns it behind for a corner.
81'

Applause for Maina

Here's been here, there and everywhere tonight. Linton Maina comes off now for debutant Justin Diehl.
81'

Substitution

sub
Justin Diehl
Justin Diehl
sub
Linton Maina
Linton Maina
78'

Seven for Cologne

Maina has been another standout man for the hosts. He sets up another strike by pulling across from the left and Werder Bremen captain Marco Friedly accidently turns the ball into his own net.
76'

Marco Friedl

OWN GOAL!

7 : 1
Marco Friedl
74'

Still getting about

While they aren't exactly darting forward in the same manner we saw earlier, Cologne continue to press into Werder Bremen - determined no doubt to avert taking any gloss off their sensational showing by conceding again.
71'

Cologne have shocked Werder and comfortably outperformed their xG

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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
6
2.18
0.3
6
Goals
67'

Cologne in power-saving mode

The second Cologne brace scorer, Skhiri, is taken off. He was hobbling on his ankle a little, and with a trip to Bayern approaching on Tuesday, you suspect the hosts will be happy to preserve some strength in the final phases.
67'

Substitution

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Tim Lemperle
Tim Lemperle
sub
Ellyes Skhiri
Ellyes Skhiri
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Celebrations aplenty for Cologne today - Huseinbasic after scoring their fifth

64'

Substitution

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Jens Stage
Jens Stage
sub
Leonardo Bittencourt
Leonardo Bittencourt
61'

Triple change from the hosts

Steffen Tigges gets showered with applause as he comes off. New signing Davie Selke is one of the trio brought on by Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart.
60'

Substitution

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Amos Pieper
Amos Pieper
sub
Niklas Stark
Niklas Stark
59'

Substitution

sub
Dejan Ljubicic
Dejan Ljubicic
sub
Florian Kainz
Florian Kainz
59'

Substitution

sub
Mathias Olesen
Mathias Olesen
sub
Denis Huseinbašić
Denis Huseinbašić
59'

Substitution

sub
Davie Selke
Davie Selke
sub
Steffen Tigges
Steffen Tigges
54'

Skhiri with a sensational sixth

Yet more slick attacking play from Cologne sees them strike again in quite some style. Maina floats a cross in from the right and Skhiri executes a textbook leaping scissor kick to make it 6-1.
54'

Ellyes Skhiri

GOAL!

6 : 1
Ellyes Skhiri
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.
11 %
52'

Tigges chance for a hat-trick

Maina does wonderfully to chase down the left and cut the ball back to Steffen Tigges. He has a chance for his third of the evening but smashes over.
51'

A little bit of quiet?

Unsurprisingly, the second half hasn't quite matched the insane tempo of the first thus far. Both sides have knocked the ball around a bit without any chances in this period yet.
49'

Cologne came absolutely hurtling out of the blocks in their first game of 2023

Distance run (km)
69.8
65.4
46'

We're off again

No surprise to see Werder Bremen coach Ole Werner react at the break, making two changes. Cologne have the points virtually in the bag though after scoring five in the first half.
Kick-off!
45'
+ 3

Substitution

sub
Niklas Schmidt
Niklas Schmidt
sub
Christian Groß
Christian Groß
45'
+ 3

Substitution

sub
Eren Dinkçi
Eren Dinkçi
sub
Marvin Ducksch
Marvin Ducksch
0:35
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Special strike from Steffen Tigges just inside the opponents' half

45'
+ 3

Deep breath everyone

What an incredible performance from Cologne. They have swarmed all over Werder Bremen and stunned them with five goals.
Half-time
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What a half for Steffen Tigges - two goals and an assist

43'

Five goals out of five shots on target - brutal efficiency from Cologne

Goal attempts
3 off target
5 on target
1 off target
2 on target
39'

Füllkrug heads one back

Niclas Füllkrug nods his 11th goal of the season in with his usual deadliness from a Ducksch corner. A glimmer of hope for Bremen?
38'

Niclas Füllkrug

GOAL!

5 : 1
Niclas Füllkrug
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.
4 %
36'

Five up

Denis Huseinbasic joins the party! Cologne slice open the Werder Bremen defence at ease once more. Tigges is involved yet again, slotting a ball across brilliantly from the left that the Cologne right winger slots in for five.
36'

Denis Huseinbašić

GOAL!

5 : 0
Denis Huseinbašić
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.
50 %
35'

Buoyant Billygoats

The Cologne fans must be pinching themselves. Their team have tore into what was set to be difficult encounter and smashed their way into a seemingly unassailable lead in the opening 30 minutes.
30'

It's four

Cologne simply cannot stop scoring in this incredible first half! Maina sweeps a ball in that Tigges skips over to let it run for Skhiri - the Tunisian promptly slots his first goal of the season in from short range.
30'

Ellyes Skhiri

GOAL!

4 : 0
Ellyes Skhiri
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.
57 %
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.
Linton Maina
Linton Maina 34.81km/h
2.
Mitchell-Elijah Weiser
Mitchell-Elijah Weiser 31.99km/h
3.
Niklas Stark
Niklas Stark 31.70km/h
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Skhiri and Maina celebrate after opening the scoring

22'

Wow

Tigges smashes his second in the game from just inside the Werder Bremen half. Pavlenka rushes out of goal and the German striker slots in splendidly from a quite massive distance - 46.7 metres!
21'

Steffen Tigges

GOAL!

3 : 0
Steffen Tigges
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.
7 %
18'

Martel goes close

The hosts are having plenty of fun right now in the Carnival City. They force another chance that sees Martel clip the ball just wide from the edge of the box.
16'

It's two

What a dream start for Cologne! Kainz knocks the ball up to Tigges to split the Bremen defence open and a clinical finish doubles the hosts' lead.
15'

Steffen Tigges

GOAL!

2 : 0
Steffen Tigges
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.
22 %
14'

Cologne have put the hard yards in during the opening stages to force their way in front

Distance run (km)
18.3
16.8
9'

The hosts lead

Cologne punish a mistakenly taken Werder Bremen free-kick with a brilliant break. The ball gets played out to Linton Maina, who drills right across Pavlenka and in for the opener.
9'

Linton Maina

GOAL!

1 : 0
Linton Maina
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.
21 %
3'

Fast start

Werder Bremen show just the kind of pluckiness they've brought to the Bundesliga since gaining promotion. Bittencourt charges across the Cologne half but gets dispossessed and the hosts immediately attack.
1'

Kick-off

We're off!
Kick-off!

A moment's applause for Pele

The Brazilian legend's life is celebrated with appreciation from the whole stadium.

The players are out

The lights are on, the stadium is rocking, having heard a rousing rendition of Cologne's club anthem - and we're about ready for kick off!
0:28
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The warm-ups

Marksman on a mission

Werder Bremen striker Niclas Füllkrug will be looking to press on today after an incredible start to the season that saw him bag ten Bundesliga goals (the joint second most) - and find the net at the World Cup.
0:15
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The view inside Köln's dressing room ahead of kick-off

30 minutes to kick off

The Rhein Energie Stadion is filling up nicely ahead of Köln's first home meeting of 2023

Team news - Cologne

Winter signing Davie Selke has to make do with a place on the bench alongside Adamyan, with Tigges preferred up front. In midfield, Huseinbasic takes Duda's place, while Chabot is handed just his third start of the season in place of the injured Kilian.

Team news - Bremen

Head coach Ole Werner has made just two changes from his side's last competitive game, with Veljkovic and Gruev coming into the team in place of Pieper and Schmid.

Cologne starting XI

Schwäbe - Schmitz, Hübers, Chabot, Hector (c) - Skhiri, Martel - Maina, Huseinbasic, Kainz - Tigges

Cologne subs

Horn, Soldo, Ljubicic, Schindler, Lemperle, Olesen, Adamyan, Selke, Diehl

Bremen starting XI

Pavlenka - Veljkovic, Stark, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Bittencourt, Groß, Gruev, Jung - Füllkrug, Ducksch

Bremen subs

Zetterer, Pieper, Buchanan, Chiarodia, Stage, Burke, Schmidt, Mbom, Dinkci
4:21
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Watch: All Niclas Füllkrug's goals so far this season

Niclas Füllkrug's steady stream of goals has been key for Werder. He's the top-scoring German in this season's Bundesliga (10), and is second league wide for total shots on goal (46), behind Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marcus Thuram (55). After producing two goals and one assist in three appearances at the World Cup, the 29-year-old appears to have truly arrived at the top level.

Bremen - the story so far

Bremen are four points better off than Cologne, in ninth, and are closer to the top four (six points) than the bottom three (seven). Only four teams have scored more than their 25 goals, while only Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt matches have produced a greater number of goals than Werder’s 52 in 15. They've also established themselves as the late-goal experts, with 11 after the 76th minute (accounting for 44 per cent of their total) and five beyond the 90th – both the most of any team in the division.

Cologne - the story so far

The Billy Goats begin the new year in 13th place. They're winless in five Bundesliga matches, losing four of them, but no longer have midweek European football to factor into the equation after going out of the UEFA Europa Conference League at the group stage.

Welcome!

With the Bundesliga action back in full flow, attentions turn to the first Saturday late fixture of 2023. Cologne have blown hot and cold so far this season, while Werder Bremen have taken to life back in the big time like a duck to water. Stay tuned to find out how this one shakes out...
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Watch: Get ready for Cologne vs. Bremen!

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Watch: The Bundesliga is back!