WATCH: LUCA PELLEGRINI - "TWO POINTS LOST"
WATCH: ELLYES SKHIRI - "WE'LL TAKE A POINT"
No late drama
No late goals and the game ends all square, Frankfurt beginning the biggest week in their history - with their first ever UEFA Champions League group stage draw to look forward to on Thursday. with a draw.
There are tired legs on both sides now after a furious second half of entertaining action - can somebody snatch a late winner like Bremen or Mainz yesterday?
Seven more minutes
Don't go away!
We have a grand finale in store, with Jakic almost restoring Frankfurt's lead. And there will be a fair bit of stoppage time for that long VAR Check...
Two offside checks in one: Dietz is in an offside position earlier in the move, although he does not actively move to the ball and play continues. Dietz was then offside when Thielmann struck his sweet volley, and he was almost in the trajectory of the shot, but the goal is confirmed and Cologne are level!
Before Cologne can celebrate, there is a long VAR check underway to see if there was an offside...
Jan Thielmann pulls the trigger from a seemingly impossible position 20 yards from goal, but his low daisy-cutting volley nestles in the bottom corner. Trapp only saw it when it was already rippling his net!
GOAL!1 : 1
A Frankfurt first
Frankfurt have gone ahead in a Bundesliga match for the first time since March - a run of 11 games in which they have not taken the lead.
Ovation for Pellegrini
A debut to remember for Pellegrini, who impressed with his tackling and passing, earning a standing ovation as he leaves the field - one he won't forget in a hurry.
Randal Kolo Muani
Götze in his element
© IMAGO/Frank Hörmann
The confidence is flowing through Frankfurt's limbs, with a delightful pass from Pellegrini with the outside of his boot sending Kamada through, and he twists and turns past two defenders only to finish up down a dead end, but that move got the fans on their feet.
Very close to a second for Frankfurt with Alario wrapping his laces around a pile-driver which dips just too late to fall below the crossbar.
5 off target
2 on target
3 off target
1 on target
Kamada curls in a free-kick which gets flicked on at the near post by a Cologne player, and that is enough to leave Schwäbe no chance in the Cologne goal!
GOAL!1 : 0
Kolo Muani close
Physical strength and speed get Kolo Muani into a great position to shoot, but Hübers lunges in and makes an excellent block.
Knauff comes on to take his place on the right, with Jakic seemingly slotting into the midfield, another different approach for Frankfurt and a new role for Knauff as right full-back.
Kainz creating danger this time from open play, and his pass finds Thielmann whose effort is blocked at the near post by Trapp, though the offside flag goes up. Almost a dream introduction, only seconds after coming on!
3 off target
1 on target
3 off target
1 on target
Lindstrom too far back!
Another big chance for Frankfurt, but Lindstrom does the hard work in getting to the goal line, but he cuts the ball back too far with Borre unmarked in the centre!
Sublime Götze pass!
A great opening for Frankfurt, thanks to a fantastic pass from Götze to send Lindstrom through. His first touch lets him down, though, and he leaves himself with too big an angle to hit the target from.
Frankfurt on the front foot
Just as in the first half, the hosts are quicker out of the blocks and are probing early on.
in terms of xG, the guests have been closer to breaking the deadliock.
Better Billy Goats
Cologne had three shots in the final 10 minutes of the half compared to Frankfurt's zero, with the guests ending the half strongly.
Pellegrini's showed his passing qualities so far, and is arguably advancing more than he ever did in Serie A - learning the Frankfurt way.
Impressive Pellegrini debut
Adamyan sends in a low shot which Trapp touches wide, but Pellegrini had lost his marker after a marauding run à la Kostic - something the Italian will still have to fine-tune for Frankfurt.
Tigges lacking touches
That shot from Tigges was only his tenth touch of the game - fewer than any other player on the field.
Hector into the side-netting
Taste of own medicine
It's Cologne who now launch a fast transition and Tigges gets on the end of it, but his shot is deflected behind for a corner. Cologne giving Frankfurt a taste of their own medicine.
Borre wants a penalty
Frankfurt weave a way around the back and the ball falls for Borre from Rode's cross and Kolo Muani's touch, but he's in an offside position anyway. Some good overlapping play from Jakic down the right is giving the Eagles a bit of an edge down there.
Another corner for Cologne, which seems to be their best route to goal, but Kainz's outswinging cross is helped away by the Frankfurt defence.
He played 69 times in Italy's Serie A without scoring, but Luca Pellegrini almost marked his Bundesliga debut with a goal, with a sizzling strike from long range fizzing past the right-hand post.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Jesper Gränge Lindström 33.67km/h
Dejan Ljubicic 33.50km/h
Mathias Flaga Olesen 33.17km/h
Run, Frankfurt, run
Slowing it down
Cologne are taking the sting out of Frankfurt with some slow passing, but they are not managing to get very far up the field. One cross was dealt with easily by Kevin Trapp, but otherwise Frankfurt are looking in control.
Fastest runner (km/h)
Jesper Lindström Dejan Ljubicic
Back four for Frankfurt
Frankfurt are actually playing with a back four, with Jakic dropping into the right full-back position and Pellegrini on the left. As a result, Sow is in his habitual holding role.
Lindstrom on the left
Lindstrom shows his versality and is playing on the left wing today. His penetrating run results in the ball falling out for Borre, who sends in the first shot of the game, albeit straight at Schwäbe.
Just ahead of kick-off, Eintracht Frankfurt have boosted their midfield options by recruiting Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe from Paris Saint-Germain. The 21-year-old, who played 10 league games for the French champions in the 2021/22 season, has signed a season-long loan with the UEFA Europa League winners. The club also announced that the deal includes an option for Frankfurt to make the move permanent. "With Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe we were able to strengthen our midfield in a targeted manner, which means that we see ourselves well equipped for the tasks in three competitions," said Eintracht sporting director, Markus Krösche.
Cologne checking in
Tigges, who made 15 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund, plays his first Bundesliga game for the Billy Goats, while he is joined in the attack by Adamyan – also making his debut for Cologne today.
Starting debut for Olesen
Olesen makes his starting debut for Cologne today, having amassed 33 minues of action in five previous substitute appearances.
Changes also for Cologne
There are four changes for Cologne, with Chanot, Pedersen, Thielmann and Dietz all dropping out of the team which faced Fehervar in Europe on Thursday. Tigges, Adamyan, Olesen and Kilian all come in.
Glasner has made five changes to his starting XI from last week, with Toure out injured and Kamada, Knauff, Lenz and Alario dropping to the bench. Jakic, Lindstrom, Rode, Borre and Pellegrini all come in, with the latter making his debut.
Luca Pellegrini is only the second Italian to play for Frankfurt, following in the footsteps of Nico Sbordone, who made seven appearances in 1995/96.
Cologne starting XI:
Schwäbe - Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) -Skhiri – Ljubicic, Olesen, Kainz – Tigges, Adamyan
Frankfurt starting XI:
Trapp - Ndicka, Sow, Tuta – Lindstrom, Rode (c), Jakic, Pellegrini – Götze – Borre, Kolo Muani
Welcome to Frankfurt
TIME FOR MARIO GÖTZE?
WHAT'S YOUR PREDICTION ?
Which way is your pre-match prediction going, then? Perhaps the following stat will help as you weigh up the outcome of this one: Cologne have played out more draws with Frankfurt than any Bundesliga team they’ve faced (28).
TALE OF THE TAPE
A quick tale of the tape reveals that Frankfurt have yet to post a win in this season's Bundesliga, the Eagles suffering a heavy loss to Bayern Munich on opening night before drawing 1-1 with Hertha Berlin last time out. The visiting Billy-Goats are doing a lot better with a victory [against Schalke] and a draw [at Leipzig] meaning it's four points gained for Steffen Baumgart's men.
ALL ABOARD !
Welcome one, welcome all to Sunday's Bundesliga extravaganza ! What a Matchday we had yesterday with surprises, comebacks and goals galore. The treat we are all in for is that the action spills over into today and WHAT a game we have to get us going, with Cologne in Mainhatten to face Eintracht Frankfurt.