He's known as the Bundesliga's supersub extraordinaire, but on Matchday 15, Freiburg striker Nils Petersen proved he is more than capable of making an impact when in the starting line-up too.

The Black Forest outfit were 3-0 down after just half an hour in a crunch relegation clash away to bottom club Cologne on Sunday, before Petersen took matters into his own hands.

The 28-year-old, who has scored a Bundesliga-high 20 goals from the bench, gave Christian Streich's men a glimmer of hope when he lashed in a superb back-post volley from a looping free-kick shortly before the interval.

Janik Haberer reduced the arrears even further with an excellent header from a corner in the 65th minute, but as the clock wore on it looked like Cologne would hold on for the win, despite the visitors' sustained pressure. 

Petersen had other ideas, though. After Nicolas Höfler was fouled inside the box, the former Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen striker held his nerve from the penalty spot to equalise in the 89th minute.

Not content with completing an unlikely comeback, the striker netted a 94th-minute winner from the spot – again sending Timo Horn the wrong way – to earn his side a vital victory. It was an historic one too; it was the first time in Bundesliga history that Freiburg have picked up points after going three goals down.

Petersen scored two late penalties to salvage an extraordinary first away win of the season for Freiburg. © imago

Petersen now has five Bundesliga goals this term, taking his overall tally at the club to an astonishing 45 in 90 league appearances.

"The crowd can't ask for much more than that," Petersen told Sportschau after the final whistle. "We were still on the team bus at the start and didn't get into the game. We were 3-0 down and you think the game is already over […] I feel sorry for Cologne, but obviously these three points are massive for us. We can only be grateful that we've come away with something to show for the game after the start we had."

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