• Castro opens scoring after 11 minutes.
  • Köln take half-time lead through Modeste and Jojic.
  • Reus levels in the second half.

2015/16 Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund were held to a 2-2 draw by 1. FC Köln in their final Bundesliga match of the season.

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 1. FC Köln

Goals: 1-0 Castro (11'), 1-1 Modeste (26'), 1-2 Jojic (43'), 2-2 Reus (74')

Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel's decision not to tinker with his line-up ahead of next Saturday's DFB Cup final with Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München was rewarded inside 11 minutes when Gonzalo Castro whipped an unstoppable curling strike into the top corner of Thomas Kessler’s goal. BVB appeared to be in control of proceedings, but their three-man back line was exposed in brutal fashion as Marcel Risse broke clear and put the equaliser on a plate for Anthony Modeste. BVB duo Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had chances, before Dortmund old boy Milos Jojic finished another incisive counter to put Köln ahead late in the first half.

Köln had a fantastic opportunity to extend their lead as Modeste outjumped FC Bayern München-bound defender Mats Hummels and found Risse, but Pavel Olkowski could only fire straight at Roman Bürki. After the Dortmund goalkeeper got fingertips to an effort from Modeste, the Billy Goats were made to pay for their inability to put the game to bed when Reus nestled a fierce free kick into the bottom corner with 16 minutes remaining. The chances dried up thereafter, with Dortmund and Köln both ending the day where they started in second and ninth respectively.

Anthony Modeste (l.) celebrates bringing Köln level. © imago / mika

Man of the match

Modeste was a real handful all afternoon for BVB, the former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim man capping a lively performance and productive debut season in a Köln shirt with his 15th goal of the campaign.

Talking point

Without the suspended Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dortmund lacked their usual bite in the final third. The returning Armenian playmaker could be key to BVB's hopes of bringing home a first major trophy since 2011/12 in the DFB Cup final on 21 May.

Match stats

  • Dortmund scored with their first shot on goal.
  • Jojic's last Bundesliga goal came in Dortmund colours on 19 April 2014.
  • Köln are the only Bundesliga team to score two first-half goals in Dortmund this season.
  • Reus' equaliser represents Dortmund's first goal from a direct free kick since Matchday 34 of the 2013/14 campaign.

Thomas Tuchel takes his Dortmund side to Berlin to contest the DFB Cup final next weekend. © gettyimages


Dortmund: Bürki - S. Bender (Ginter 46'), Sokratis, Hummels (c) - Weigl (Durm 84'), Castro - Ramos, Kagawa (Leitner 58'), Reus, Schmelzer - Aubameyang

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

Köln: Kessler - Olkowski, Maroh, Mavraj, Heintz - Lehmann (c), Mladenovic - Risse, Jojic (Gerhardt 67'), Bittencourt (Zoller 81') - Modeste

Coach: Peter Stöger