1. FC Köln showed no mercy to bottom club SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday afternoon, easing to a 6-1 victory to stay in touch with the top six.
SV Darmstadt 1-6 1. FC Köln
Encouraged by a respectable 0-0 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach last week in new coach Torsten Frings' first game in charge, Darmstadt had high hopes going into this game against a Köln side that had struggled on the road this term. However, the visitors soon set about making amends and were 3-0 up at the break, largely thanks to the irrepressible Yuya Osako, who was seemingly involved in all of Köln's best attacks.
It may have appeared all over at the break, but the hosts had a glimmer of hope when new signing Sidney Sam pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. Their joy was short-lived, though, as Osako scored his second of the game, before substitutes Milos Jojic and Artjoms Rudnevs added their names to the scoresheet to hand the guests their biggest victory since May 1990.
Köln have only ever recorded a bigger away victory once before: a 6-0 triumph over Tasmania Berlin on 30 October 1965. This was the club's biggest win under coach Peter Stöger.
- Anthony Modeste now has 14 Bundesliga goals this season. The last Köln player to have as many at this stage of a season was Lukas Podolski in 2011/12.Köln had 14 shots on goal; Darmstadt had ten.Christian Clemens made more sprints (34) than any other player.
Darmstadt: Esser - Sirigu, Milosevic (Colak 68'), Sulu (c), Holland - Gondorf, Niemeyer - Heller, Rosenthal (Fedetskiy 46'), Sam – Boyd (Vrancic 74')
Coach: Torsten Frings
Köln: Kesler - Olkowski, Sörensen, Heintz, Rausch (Maroh 56') - Höger, Hector (c) - Clemens, Bittencourt (Jojic 74') – Modeste (Rudnevs 50'), Osako
Coach: Peter Stöger