Marcel Risse's stunning injury-time free-kick completed a dramatic turnaround win for 1. FC Köln against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Rhine Derby.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 1. FC Köln
Roared on by a partisan home crowd, Gladbach looked unrecognisable from the side that had failed to win a single one of their last five Bundesliga matches. Stand-in Köln goalkeeper Thomas Kessler was kept on his toes throughout the half, making enthusiastic saves to thwart Thorgan Hazard, Mahmoud Dahoud and Ibrahima Traore, before Lars Stindl drove home emphatically to break the visitors' resistance. Traore went agonisingly close to doubling the Foals' lead, but his free-kick came back off the bar.
Gladbach continued to ask all the questions early in the second half as Hazard drove narrowly wide of the post. Köln had offered little, but after Jonas Hector and Marco Höger tested Yann Sommer from range, Jannik Vestergaard's headed clearance cannoned off Anthony Modeste and into the net to bring the Billy Goats level. Kessler kept Oscar Wendt and Fabian Johnson at bay, before Risse rifled in an unlikely winner to compound Gladbach's frustrations.
Modeste had precious little to feed on, but his fortuitous equaliser takes him back to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts. What is more, the Frenchman once again boasts the best goals-to-game ratio of any player across Europe's top five leagues with 12 goals in 11 matches.
- Gladbach are winless in their last six Bundesliga matches.Köln have registered points from a losing position in a league-high four matches this season.It took Modeste 30 matches to reach the 12-goal mark in the Bundesliga in 2015/16.
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Vestergaard, Christensen - Traore (Johnson 75'), Strobl, Dahoud (Jantschke 89'), Wendt - Stindl (c) - Hazard (Hahn 72'), Raffael
Coach: Andre Schubert
Köln: Kessler - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector - Risse (Olkowski 90+3'), Lehmann (c) (Rudnevs 46'), Höger, Rausch - Osako (Özcan 72'), Modeste
Coach: Peter Stöger