Anthony Modeste and Jhon Cordoba scored late goals as Cologne fought back from 2-0 down to deny Rhineland rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf what would have been a precious win at the RhineEnergieStadion.
Cologne 2-2 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Goals: 0-1 Karaman (41'), 0-2 Thommy (61'), 1-2 Modeste (88'), 2-2 Cordoba (90'+1)
The pressure was on for Fortuna after Werder Bremen closed the gap on the relegation play-off spot to four points with victory over Freiburg on Saturday. Uwe Rosler's side rose to the occasion as Kenan Karaman forced a strong save from Timo Horn, before breaking the deadlock late in the half. Steven Skrzybski made the most of a stray forward pass out of the Cologne defence to set up the chance, which was brilliantly taken from 18 yards for 1-0. The Billy Goats' best opening prior to the goal fell to Ellyes Skhiri, who headed over from a corner.
Cologne upped the ante at the start of the second half, with Florian Kainz making visiting goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier work for the first time. Zack Steffen's understudy was called on again moments later when Mark Uth struck a post and won a penalty after being brought down by Adam Bodzek as he attempted to reach the follow-up. Uth stepped up to take the ensuing spot-kick, but Kastenmeier guessed correctly and made the save. Fortuna thought they'd won it when Erik Thommy curled in a second on the hour, only for Cologne to score two late goals through Modeste and Cordoba, and rescue an unlikely draw that leaves Düsseldorf three points adrift of safety.
- Cologne have scored a league-high 14 headed goals in 2019/20.
- However, the Billy Goats are winless in their three behind-closed door Bundesliga fixtures to date, having lost 2-1 in Mönchengladbach before last week's draw with Mainz.
- Thommy has scored four Bundesliga goals in his last six matches, and a career-best six for the campaign, while Karaman has registered four goals in his last four.
- Skrzybski produced a brace of assists in a Bundesliga game for the first time.
- Modeste scored his second of the season, and first in nine months.
- Oliver Fink - a week shy of his 38th birthday - is the oldest Bundesliga player in Fortuna history.
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Cologne: Horn - Ehizibue (Mere 59'), Bornauw, Leistner (Terodde 90'), Katterbach (Modeste 60') - Skhiri, Hector (c) - Kainz (Rexhbecaj 80'), Uth, Jakobs (Drexler 60') - Cordoba
Unused subs: Kessler, Schmitz, Höger, Thielmann
Out: Risse (knee)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Fortuna: Kastenmeier - Zanka, Hoffmann, Gießelmann - Zimmermann, Bodzek (Sobottka 73'), Morales, Thommy (Fink 80') - Stöger (Adams 80'), Skrzybski (Zimmer 62') - Karaman (Hennings 73')
Unused subs: Rensing, Suttner, Berisha, Ofori
Out: Ayhan (suspended), Kownacki (knee), Steffen (knee), Tekpetey (thigh)
Coach: Uwe Rösler
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