Germany left-back Jonas Hector celebrated a winning return to the Cologne first-team, with Simon Terodde’s last-minute header giving the Billy Goats a 2-1 win over Rheinderby rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Goals: 1-0 (Sörensen 34’), 1-1 (Raffael 69'), 2-1 (Terrode 90+5')
Gladbach began the day in sixth, with 22 more points than their basement-dwelling Rhine neighbours, and started on the front foot at the RheinEnergieStadion, nearly making their dominance tell with a low Lars Stindl drive that was stopped by Timo Horn. Christoph Kramer then had a gilt-edged chance for the Foals but could only find the outside side-netting when Oscar Wendt’s corner reached him unmarked at the back post. Cologne took advantage of their opponents’ profligacy just past the half-hour, though, with Sörensen fending off his Danish international teammate Jannik Vestergaard to poke home Milos Jojic’s free-kick. Patrick Herrmann volleyed across the face of the Cologne goal with the final act of the half and Stefan Ruthenbeck’s men carried a 1-0 lead into the interval.
Ruthenbeck’s opposite number Dieter Hecking threw Raffael into the fray for the second half in place of Vincenzo Grifo, and the change in Gladbach’s shape proved to be Cologne’s undoing. Thorgan Hazard should have had his seventh goal of the season, with his header sailing narrowly wide of an open goal, but Raffael made no mistake minutes later, firing an initial attempt off Hector’s head before lashing home on the rebound. Both teams could have snatched all three points in the final minutes, with Jonas Hofmann blazing a pair of chances narrowly wide for Gladbach, but Cologne had the final say, with Terodde heading home in injury time for a 2-1 win.
- Terodde scored his first ever senior goal for Cologne, despite this being his second spell at the club. Few are likely to be more important.
- Germany left-back Hector played his first Cologne game since September, and Matchday 3’ 3-0 reverse at Augsburg.
- The Billy Goats went into the winter break bottom of the table for the first time in 20 years.
- Sörensen scored his second goal of the season. Until his strike in the 3-1 loss to Hamburg on Matchday 2, the Dane had been without a top-flight tally since December 2012.
- Raffael scored his seventh goal of the Bundesliga season, matching last season’s tally in three fewer games.
- Cologne’s previous win over Gladbach came in November 2016, when Marcel Risse scored one of the goals of the season with a last-minute free-kick to seal a 2-1 victory.
Watch: Risse's stunning winner for Cologne in November 2016!
Cologne: Horn – Sörensen, Mere, Heintz, Hector (c) (Rausch 72’) – Klünter, Höger, Özcan, Jojic (Guirassy 78’) – Zoller (Clemens 63’), Terodde
Unused subs: Kessler, Osako, Handwerker, Pizarro
Absentees: Queiros (neck), Maroh (thigh), Bittencourt (groin), Cordoba (thigh)
Coach: Stefan Ruthenbeck
Gladbach: Sommer – Elvedi, Ginter, Vestergaard, Wendt – Herrmann (Hofmann 80’), Zakaria, Kramer (Cuisance 68’), Grifo (Raffael 46’) – Hazard, Stindl (c)
Unused subs: Sippel, Drmic, Jantschke, Mayer
Absentees: Doucoure (thigh), Strobl (knee ligaments), Traore (thigh), Benes (broken foot), Johnson (back), Bobadilla (pelvis)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Watch: Terodde: "Indescribable!"