F. Zwayerwhistle
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Game over

The Rhine Derby draws to a close and it's a point apiece as neither Cologne nor Gladbach can find the breakthrough. A game that was high on entertainment ultimately failed to produce a goal, but fans of both sides will be content with a draw.
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Added time

We'll have three minutes tacked onto the end of this derby.

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

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.
Linton Maina
Linton Maina33.80km/h
Marcus Thuram
Marcus Thuram33.38km/h
Joseph Scally
Joseph Scally33.19km/h

Close Cologne

Martel shapes himself and sends a right-footer, that has promise, towards the goal. The ball is deflected wide. The home fans thought that was going to be the moment.

Closing stages

It's up for grabs now ...

Borussia sub

Plea replaces the energetic Gladbach captain Stindl. Can that swap lead to the game's opening goal? It's next goal wins, at this late stage.

One more booking

Huseinbasic leaves a late one on Itakura, who collapses in pain. Yellow card for the Cologne player.

Bensebaini shot

More Gladbach possession leads to a Bensebaini thump that drifts into the stands.

Cologne corner count

A sizeable win for the home side, if we're taking the corner count into things.

Double swap

It's one more double change for Cologne with Thielmann and Huseinbasic the latest to enter the fray.

Foals probing

Hofmann, Thuram and Bensebaini try to work an opening for Gladbach but the visitors are squeezed out.

Last quarter

WIth 15 minutes to go here, the pace has dropped in this game following a fast-paced second half.

Kainz booked

Kainz hacks down Kone and the Cologne man is going to see a yellow card for that.

Top battlers

Duels won
Eric Martel Ramy Bensebaini

Too high from Hübers

A Kainz corner finds Cologne big man Timo Hübers. The defender heads harmlessly over the crossbar.

Lively Tigges

Another Cologne forward thrust and the ball arrives at the feet of Tigges on the right. The substitute can only side-foot it into the hands of Omlin.

Not much in it

Cologne edging it in terms of chances.
Goal attempts
4off target
4on target
4off target
2on target

Cologne pushing

Tigges and Maina almost create the key breakthrough but Gladbach clear. Kainz sends the ball back in and the visitors concede a corner, which comes to nothing.

Billy-Goats change it up

Cologne coach Baumgart throws Tigges and Ljubicic into the action for the last half an hour.

Bensebaini booked

Bensebaini - who is returning from suspension today - is shown a yellow card.

Hard to call it

This has been a highly entertaining Rhein Derby but it's just too close to predict an outcome.

Foals slightly likelier

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).

End to end

This game is in full flow now. Some solid work from Maina leads to Schindler seeing a shot deflected wide of the upright.

Stindl has a pop

The Gladbach man drills a low effort at goal that fizzes not too far wide. Moments later, Neuhaus diverts just wide after Thuram's fins run and cross into the middle.

Thuram effort

Great work from Bensebaini who forces his way through and plays in an inviting pass for Thuram. The French forward lashes wide.

Hosts going again

Cologne are starting the second half where they left off in the first: pressing hard and sending the ball into the box at every opportunity. Schindler is a menacing presence for the Billy-Goats up top.

Away we go again

Cologne kick us off in the second half.
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Break time

Scoreless at the break, then. Cologne have been the more adventurous of the two sides in this derby game but the visitors have had a few interesting sniffs of goal themselves. All to play for in the second half.

Time added on

We'll have just one minute of time added on to the end of the first half.

Hungry Billy-Goats

Cologne lead the shots on target count by 3-2 thus far. We still await the game's first goal, however.

Martel mills one

The Cologne corner comes in and Omlin fists it out towards the edge of the area. Martel is watching this all the way and the No. 6 allows the ball to bounce before smashing one on the half volley. Omlin throws a hand at the shot and slaps the ball over the crossbar.

Scally booked

Maina bursts away from Scally, who stretches out a hand and tries to pull Maina's shirt off his back. That's a yellow card all day.

Foals' chance

Stindl is felled and Gladbach have a chance to aim a free kick at goal from a decent position. Hofmann plays a cheeky one to Bensebaini whose shot is deflected into the grateful arms of Marvin Schwäbe.

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

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.
Linton Maina
Linton Maina33.20km/h
Joseph Scally
Joseph Scally33.08km/h
Nico Elvedi
Nico Elvedi32.92km/h

Omlin saves Gladbach

Schindler smashes a shot at the target from inside the area and Omlin throws a fist up to punch over. The subsequent corner comes to nothing.

Fan power

The home supporters are continuing to bounce as they seek to push their teams towards an opener.

Chance clock rising

Goal opportunities have been few, but we're beginning to see more openings.
Goal attempts
2off target
1on target
0off target
1on target

Kainz goes close

Kainz! Oooh, that was close. The free kick whips just to the right of the upright. Omlin might have had that covered but it certainly left the Cologne fans with heads in hands.

Cologne set piece

Kone trips Selke on the edge of the area and the Gladbach man is booked. Cologne have a free kick in a VERY interesting position.

Gladbach corner

Joe Scally wins a corner and Hofmann takes. Elevedi rises and heads into the hands of Schwäbe.

No penalty

Neuhaus was adjudged not to have been fouled and we'll continue ...

VAR check

When Thuram gets held up, Hofmann arrives to send a low cross into the box. Neuhaus goes down inside the area and Cologne break upfield. Neuhaus remains down and we'll have a VAR check.
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
SituationNo penalty
DecisionNo penalty

Hosts go close.

Maina finds some space on the left and crosses for Schindler, who applies a first time finish that rises high and wide of the near post. Decent chance.

Billy-Goats edging it

Cologne are making it stick more as the visitors sit back and wait to counter.
Possession (%)

Calming it down

After a bit of a frenetic start, both sides seem happy to just knock it about for now and calmly search for an opening.

Cologne break

Suddenly Cologne are away on the counter after a mess up in the Gladbach attack. Maina gets forward and can feed Selke inside the area. It's not a great pass but Selke has time to get to it and spins before slamming a left-footed shot at the target which Omlin parries low down.

Schwäbe reacts

Stindl looks to race onto a through ball but Marvin Schwäbe is quick off his line and the goalkeeper thunders a clearance into the stands.

Game on!

Gladbach get us underway in the Rhein Derby!

Teams in tunnel

What an atmosphere at the RheinEnergieStadion! A sea of red and white is about to greet both teams, who are gathering in the tunnel. This is special.

Get to know Hennes

Think you're up to date on all there is to know about Cologne's world famous billy-goat, Hennes? Think again and get watching our helpful video as we count down to kick-off.

Gladbach team news

Meanwhile, there is just one change to the Gladbach side that started the 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen last time out. Ramy Bensebaini returns from suspension and replaces Luca Netz today. Bensebaini, remember, scored a brace when these two teams met last October.

Cologne team news

Cologne suffered an unwelcome hiding against Dortmund in their last game before the recent international break and they return here showing three changes to the side that started at Signal Iduna Park. Linton Maina, Eric Martel and Kingsley Schindler are in, while Ljubicic, Olesen and Adamyan make way.

Gladbach subs

Olschowsky, Netz, Friedrich, Lainer, Fraulo, Wolf, Herrmann, Ngoumou, Plea

Gladbach starting XI

Omlin - Scally, Itakura, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kramer, Kone - Hofmann, Neuhaus, Stindl (c) - Thuram

Cologne subs

Horn, Kilian, Ljubicic, Olesen, Huseinbasic, Limnios, Lemperle, Thielmann, Tigges

Cologne starting XI

Schwäbe - Schmitz, Hübers, Chabot, Hector (c) - Martel, Skhiri - Schindler, Maina, Kainz - Selke

Must win?

The wait for a win has been long for today's teams, so much so that they've clocked up a combined nine Bundesliga matches between them without tasting victory. Surely something will give here today?

Watch: Borussia Dortmund 6-1 Cologne - highlights

The Billy Goats, meanwhile, were left decimated by Borussia Dortmund on MD25 and will be looking for a response today.

Watch: Gladbach 2-2 Werder - highlights

The Foals played out a 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen last time out as Marvin Ducksch secured an injury-time equaliser for the visitors.

Baumgart: "We want to win!"

Cologne boss Steffen Baumgart talked up today's opponents as having "outstanding quality" this week, but added that his side is prepared for victory today. He told the press: "We're playing at home and we want to show a good game. We want to win. We have to do a lot to win. We're well prepared.”

Stindl: "Rhine derbies are special"

Gladbach captain Stindl is certainly no stranger to Rhine derbies and he told media this week how much he enjoys these fixtures. "They are just always such special games," said Stindl. "We know how important this game is for the club and the fans, but also for us as a team. We have the possibility to win both derbies this season – that is our main aim on Sunday."


Thuram rekindling memories

Marcus Thuram netting 12 goals after 25 matchdays has Gladbach fans recalling their former hero, Brazilian forward Raffael, who was the last player to post similar numbers at the club some seven years ago.

Beware the Billy-Goats

Despite that heavy loss at Gladbach earlier this season, Cologne can still boast a decent, recent record against Sunday's visitors, with Baumgart's men winning three of the teams' last four encounters.

Rhythm sought

Cologne are enduring their joint-longest sequence without a Bundesliga win [five games] under coach Steffen Baumgart while Gladbach are experiencing their worst run under Daniel Farke, having failed to pick up maximum points in any of their last four encounters.

Foals at a canter

Gladbach were the overwhelming winners when they stormed the corresponding fixture earlier this season, Marvin Friedrich, Ramy Bensebaini (x2), Lars Stindl and Marcus Thuram all hitting the target against the Billy-Goats at Borussia-Park.

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