- Modeste opens scoring with eye-catching strike.
- Wendell equalises on stroke of half-time.
- Köln stay four points ahead of neighbours in winter standings.
Derby fixtures between these teams rarely disappoint and this was no exception. The game began at a furious pace and although Leverkusen looked to have gained the upper hand, with Julian Brandt causing problems early on, it was Köln who took the lead when Anthony Modeste scored a superb opener, firing in a first-time effort from Frederik Sörensen's cross. However, Wendell restored parity just before the break when he tucked the ball into the corner from Kai Havertz's delightful chipped pass.
Leverkusen were the better side in the second period, and again Brandt was at the heart of their best attacking moves. He was involved in the clearest goalscoring opportunity too, teeing up Havertz, who could only shoot wide. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez was brought on to give the visitors extra incision in the final third, but even the Mexican was unable to find a way through, leaving both sides with a point.
Man of the match
Brandt gave a reminder here of why he is so highly rated in Germany. Pacey, fearless and with outstanding close control, he was Leverkusen's best player by some way.
This was Bayer's first away draw of the season, but it leaves them four points behind their Rhineland neighbours and in ninth place over the winter break.
- Leverkusen's Vladlen Yurchenko made his first Bundesliga start of the season in this game.
- Modeste has now scored 13 of Köln's 21 Bundesliga goals this season (61.9 per cent of the total).
- Wendell netted just his second Bundesliga goal, following a 52-game run without scoring.
Köln: Kessler - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz - Olkowski, Özcan, Hector (c), Rausch - Osako – Rundevs (Zoller 68'), Modeste
Coach: Peter Stöger
Leverkusen: Leno - Henrichs, Dragovic, Toprak (c), Wendell - Havertz, Yurchenko, Kampl (Chicharito 63'), Calhanoglu - Brandt, Mehmedi (Pohjanpalo 85')
Coach: Roger Schmidt