Cologne twice threw away the lead against Ingolstadt in an entertaining encounter on Matchday 24, with the Billy Goats ultimately forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at the Audi Sportpark.
Ingolstadt 2-2 Cologne
With Timo Horn and Matthias Lehmann both starting for the first time since November, Cologne opened on the front foot. The visitors were bright and took the lead in the 15th minute when Modeste put his penalty into the bottom right-hand corner of Martin Hansen's goal. The Billy Goats were oddly passive after taking the lead, however, and Ingolstadt threatened through Markus Suttner and Mathew Leckie, before Dario Lezcano rounded off a wonderful team move to level proceedings before the break.
Ingolstadt emerged the more positive side after the interval, but neither Leckie nor Alfredo Morales could beat Horn. Cologne were quiet, but Modeste underlined once again what makes him one of the Bundesliga's deadliest marksmen: when Milos Jojic released the Frenchman on the hour-mark, his finish under the onrushing Hansen was unerring. Impressive as he had been on his return, Horn then undid all of his good work: the keeper was unable to hold Romain Bregerie's long-distance effort, the error meaning Cologne were forced to settle for a share of the points.
Man of the Match
Modeste has scored every single Cologne goal against Ingolstadt in Bundesliga history, a remarkable record that he continued at the Audi Sportpark. The Frenchman was a constant menace, and his two cool finishes underline why he has become so valuable to the Billy Goats.
This was the first time since Matchday 1 that Ingolstadt have taken anything from a game after going behind. That they came from behind twice underlines the never-say-die attitude in Maik Walpurgis' squad, who remain within touching distance of safety following this point.
- Lezcano's goal was his first in the Bundesliga since October 2016 (a 3-3 draw with Borussia Dortmund).Bregerie has scored twice in the last four games. He had previously gone 28 games in the top flight without scoring.Jojic's pass for Modeste's second goal was the Serbian's first Bundesliga assist for Cologne.Before Modeste, the most recent Cologne player to score at least 18 goals after 24 Matchdays was Dieter Müller in the 1979/80 season. Modeste currently has 19.
Ingolstadt: Hansen – Matip (c), Tisserand, Bregerie – Hadergjonaj, Morales (Roger, 72'), Cohen, Suttner – Kittel (Groß, 67'), Lezcano, Leckie
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Cologne: Horn – Olkowski, Maroh, Heintz, Hector – Jojic (Subotic, 70'), Lehmann (c), Höger (Rudnevs, 79'), Rausch – Osako, Modeste
Coach: Peter Stöger
Watch: Cologne goalkeeper Horn apologised to his teammates after the 2-2 draw: