FC Cologne's bid to finish in the top six was given a huge boost thanks to a battling win over fellow Euro hopefuls Eintracht Frankfurt at the RheinEnergieStadion.

FC Cologne 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Goals: 1-0 (Jojic 53')

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The hosts started well and had their best chance of the half early on when Dominique Heintz poked the ball wide after a corner had skimmed across Anthony Modeste’s head. Frankfurt took the sting out Cologne’s early efforts and began to assert themselves, with Ante Rebic going close with a pair of chances in quick succession. After seeing his header rattle the crossbar, the Croatian picked up the rebound to shoot on target, only to see Timo Horn make an excellent save low to his left.

Cologne took the lead in fine style early in the second half when, from just outside the area, Milos Jojic collected David Abraham’s clearance header with one touch, and then with his next he swept the ball in off the base of the post. Horn had to palm away a Rebic free kick, but the home side soaked up Frankfurt’s efforts to close out the game. Cologne moved them up into fifth place ahead of Hertha Berlin on goal difference, while Frankfurt’s winless run was extended to eight games.

Man of the match

Milos Jojic took his chance brilliantly to swing the game Cologne’s way with a deft touch and accurate shot, and he led the way for the Billy Goats by running 12.62km.

Talking point

Peter Stöger’s side now have a bit of breathing room between themselves and Frankfurt following this result, edging three points and two places ahead of the Eagles. Cologne’s superior goal difference – they are at +8 compared to Frankfurt’s -2 – could also prove to be crucial.

Match stats

  • Jojic scored for the second consecutive game to bring his tally for the season to three.
  • Frankfurt have scored one goal in their last eight outings.
  • Ante Rebic had more shots on goal – six – than the entire Cologne side, who managed five between them.

Line-ups

Cologne: Horn - Klünter, Sörensen, Heintz, Hector - Höger (Bittencourt h-t), Lehmann (c) - Clemens (Subotic 71'), Jojic, Rausch (Ozcan 84') - Modeste

Coach: Peter Stöger

Eintracht: Hradecky - Tawatha (Barkok 62'), Abraham (c), Vallejo, Oczipka - Mascarell, Gacinovic - Fabian (Hrgota 66'), Rebic - Seferovic, Wolf (Ordonez 75')

Coach: Niko Kovac

Watch: Frederik Sörensen on Cologne's battling win

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