In-form striker Anthony Modeste scored his first ever Bundesliga hat-trick as 1. FC Köln climbed to fourth in the table after beating struggling Hamburger SV 3-0 in the final Matchday 9 fixture on Sunday evening.
1. FC Köln 3-0 Hamburger SV
Goals: 1-0 Modeste (61'), 2-0 Modeste (82'), 3-0 Modeste (86')
High-flying Köln may have been favourites going into the game but it was visitors Hamburg - bottom of the table, without a goal since Matchday 2 and with six defeats from their last seven - who got off to the better start. They snapped into tackles high up the pitch, crowded out their hosts in midfield and kept the Billy Goats busy at the back by fielding both Bobby Wood and Pierre-Michel Lasogga up front. Nevertheless, it was Köln who had the half's best chance, but top scorer Modeste could only crash a penalty against the foot of the post.
It remained a tight affair in the second half, but momentum swung in Köln's favour in the 58th minute when USMNT striker Bobby Wood was sent off. The hosts wasted little time in exploiting the extra man, with Modeste making amends for his earlier miss by flicking in Simon Zoller's cross just three minutes later. The Frenchman sealed the points late on with two more well taken finishes to propel the home fans – already in party mode ahead of the impending start of Karneval in the city – into wild celebrations.
While Köln were not at their best here, coach Peter Stöger will be pleased with his side's character to keep plugging away against a dogged opponent. It was their fifth league win of the season and takes them up to fourth in the league standings.
- Köln's Dominic Maroh returned to the starting line-up for the first time since Matchday 1, but was taken off injured after just 12 minutes. HSV defender Ashton Götz played his first match for 20 months (since 22 February 2015) following injury. Köln have been awarded two penalties this season; both have been won by Yuya Osako.
Köln: Horn – Sörensen, Maroh (Heintz 12'), Mavraj – Risse, Lehmann (c), Höger (Rausch 86'), Hector – Osako, Modeste, Rudnevs (Zoller 56')
Coach: Peter Stöger
Hamburg: Adler – Götz (Greogritsch 66'), Djourou (c), Jung, Santos – Kostic (Müller 75'), Sakai, Holtby, Ostrzolek – Lasogga (Waldschmidt 84'), Wood
Coach: Markus Gisdol