1. FC Köln continued their remarkable start to the new Bundesliga season with a come-from-behind win at FC Schalke 04, who are still without a point after four games.
Schalke had made a miserable start to the new Bundesliga season – no points, no goals – but after a quiet start at the VELTINS Arena, they finally got themselves on the scoresheet for the first time in 2016/2017. Nabil Bentaleb threaded a superb ball through for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who swept home his sixth goal in eight games against Köln. The Schalke fans had precious little time to celebrate, though, as the visitors drew level within two minutes. A ball came in from the left, Modeste touched it down, and Japanese striker Yuya Osako fired past Ralf Fährmann to make it 1-1 at the break.
Unlike their hosts, Köln had got the new campaign off to a flying start – briefly going top on Matchday 3 – and in the end, their clinical finishing made the difference at the VELTINS Arena. Having done very little for most of the second half, they went ahead as substitute Konstantin Rausch sent in a beautiful ball for Modeste, who side-footed in for his fourth goal in four games. Six minutes later, Salih Özcan wormed his way past two Schalke defenders before providing Simon Zoller with an easy finish. Peter Stöger’s men move up to second place in the table, while the nightmare start continues for the Royal Blues.
Köln coach Stöger will be delighted at the impact of his second-half substitutes. Rausch was the first man on, and it was he who set up Modeste for the visitors’ second goal. The other two substitutes combined to make it 3-1 - Zoller turning in a cross from Özcan, who had only been on the pitch for about a minute.
- Huntelaar has now scored or assisted 100 goals (81 goals, 19 assists) in 163 Bundesliga appearances. It was only a fifth Bundesliga goal for Osako in over 50 appearances, and his first since August 2015.Köln are the seventh club in Bundesliga history to have scored 1000 away goals.
Schalke: Fährmann - Riether, Höwedes (c), Naldo, Baba - Bentaleb, Geis (Stambouli 73') - Schöpf (Konoplyanka 67'), Meyer, Choupo-Moting (Embolo 78') - Huntelaar
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
Köln: Horn - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector - Risse, Lehmann (c), Höger (Zoller 73'), Jojic (Rausch 61') - Osako (Özcan 82'), Modeste
Coach: Peter Stöger