Marco Reus grabbed a dramatic last-minute equaliser for Borussia Dortmund to salvage a point in a hard-fought affair against 1. FC Köln.
1. FC Köln 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
This fixture saw the Bundesliga’s top two scorers go head-to-head in the shape of Köln’s Anthony Modeste and Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In a fast and furious opening with chances at both ends, it was Aubameyang who thought he had struck the first blow, but the Gabon international had just strayed offside when he converted a low cross from Reus. As it was, Köln took the lead on the half-hour mark when Artjoms Rudnevs rose high to head home from almost the edge of the area following a free-kick from Jonas Hector. Despite plenty of goalmouth action in an open, attacking encounter, that remained the only goal at the break.
After an uncharacteristically quiet first half by his standards, Modeste burst into life at the start of the second. The Frenchman should have doubled the hosts’ lead but hit the side netting after rounding Roman Weidenfeller. Although Dortmund enjoyed plenty of possession, Köln always looked the more likely to score next having several dangerous counter-attacks. The game became increasingly physical towards the end and in time added on, Reus popped up to salvage a point for Dortmund.
Not for the first time this season, Dortmund suffered a Bundesliga setback in the immediate aftermath of an impressive performance in Europe. But no-one should be in any doubt that Köln is one of the toughest away games in the league. Indeed, the Billy Goats’ impressive home record underlines just why they are very much in the thick of the race for Europe themselves.
- The Billy Goats remain unbeaten at home this season.Bundesliga top scorer Aubameyang has still never scored against Köln.Köln are now unbeaten in their last five against Dortmund.
Köln: Kessler - Hector (c), Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Olkowski - Höger, Özcan - Rudnevs (Rausch 74'), Osako - Modeste (Guirassy 87')
Coach: Peter Stöger
Dortmund:Weidenfeller - Piszczek (Bartra 24'), Sokratis (Ramos 74'), Ginter, Schmelzer (c) - Weigl - Durm, Castro (Rode 53'), Dembele, Reus - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel