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Nkounkou salvages late Frankfurt draw

Debutant Niels Nkounkou came off the bench to strike a late equaliser for Frankfurt at home to Cologne on Sunday, as the hosts maintained their unbeaten start to the season. The Billy Goats took the lead against the run of play when captain Florian Kainz converted from the spot following a foul on Eric Martel, and it looked like they would have their first win of the season until Nkounkou’s fine finish with three minutes to play.

Into injury time

Will we see a winner?

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
Omar Marmoush
Omar Marmoush33.70km/h
Jessic Ngankam
Jessic Ngankam32.81km/h
Faride Alidou
Faride Alidou32.78km/h

Frankfurt level!

What a way to introduce yourself. Nkounko collects it on the left of the box and fires across goal, into the far corner to make it 1-1. Excellent finish from the left-back.

Niels Nkounkou


Niels Nkounkou
7 %
16.6 m

Five minutes to go!

Time running out for Frankfurt to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as Cologne look to be getting up and running for the campaign.

Chabot makes way

In making that block at full stretch, it appears Chabot has pulled something and he has to make way for Kilian. What a performance from the lad who grew up just up the road from Frankfurt.

Cologne's brickwall

Chabot is having an absolute blinder for Cologne. He's to the rescue with yet another block, this time sticking out a right boot to deny a goal-bound effort from Ngankam.

Frankfurt changes

It's now the home side's turn to reach into their reserves, with a debut handed to Nkounko. Rode also replaces Larsson, while Cologne then make a change in attack and at the back.

A frustrating day for Frankfurt

They continue to huff and puff, but Frankfurt just can't find a way through. A nudge over 20 minutes to go now.

Marmoush off

Marmoush has been lively today, even a bit too much so a moment ago as he was shown a yellow card, but he's now replaced by Ngankam as Frankfurt search for a breakthrough.

All the ball

Frankfurt have bossed this game in terms of possession and have made nearly double the amount of passes Cologne have on top of their greater share of the ball. They just haven't done enough with it, though.

Double change Cologne

Baumgart calls for Alidou and Olesen from the bench. His side have been under the pump this half.

Frankfurt short on chances

The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals> xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals> goals).
For all their good build-up work, Frankfurt haven't carved out enough big chances in front of goal. The xGoals rating reflects as much.

Chabot to the rescue again

Chabot is having a blinder against his old club. This time he heads clear Petter Hauge's effort from just inside the box. Serious pressure from Frankfurt, serious defending from Cologne.

Superb block

Marmoush this time is freed on foal but his effort is blocked superbly by the flying boot of Chabot. That is incredible recovery from the centre-back. Marmoush almost scores from the corner but his header is again blocked over. A second corner comes to nothing but Frankfurt are upping the ante here.

Götze in the box...

... but he loses his footing. There was a brief shout for a penalty but it looked like the Frankfurt schemer just slipped as he attempted to cut back on his right and shoot. More encouragement for Frankfurt.

Hosts start brightly

There's real intent from the off from Frankfurt who work the ball nicely out on the right but Buta's ball in the box just avoids his teammate in the centre. Good start from Die Adler.

Max-ed out

Having started the half so brightly, Max ended it by giving that crucial penalty away and he picked up a knock in the process to make matters worse. His afternoon is now over, with Petter Hauge on in his place.

Back underway

Will the hosts find a way back into this? Let's find out...

Cologne lead at the break

Despite Frankfurt bossing the ball for the majority of that half, it's Cologne who are ahead at the interval thanks to Kainz's spot-kick after Martel was felled in the box. Big team-talk ahead from Toppmöller.
+ 1

Three minutes added on

Can Frankfurt find a late equaliser before the break?

Mad Max

It's that man Max who gives the penalty away and captain Kainz makes no mistake from the penalty spot. Cologne are ahead against the run of play, much to the delight of their travelling support.

Florian Kainz


Florian Kainz
77 %
11 m

Penalty to Cologne

They've been second best so far, but Cologne have a great chance to go in front...

Frankfurt chances waning?

Frankfurt chances waning?
Despite their dominance, Frankfurt's win prediction drops with each passing moment. They're still well on top, though.
45.1 %
39.8 %

Dina Ebimbe again III

Once more it's Dina Ebimbe causing problems from the inside left. This time his shot is well bloked by Chabot and the subsequent corner comes to nothing. More signs that Frankfurt are getting closer to a breakthrough.

Coach watch: Toppmöller

... as you can see from Dino Topmöller, who's gone for t-shirt and jeans. He's screaming at his players here but will be pleased that they've remained on top for the majority.

Coach watch: Baumgart

The Cologne boss is cutting a fairly calm figure here in his typical cap, polo and jeans combo. And it must be said both bosses are in fairly "Dress down Friday" mode today...

Dina Ebimbe again

Buta this time cuts in from the right with ease before laying off to Dina Ebimbe on the edge of the box but he's leaning back and skies it over the bar. Too easy for Frankfurt there.

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
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First shot on goal

It's a great driving run from Dina Ebimbe who races forward from the inside left and cuts onto his right foot before shooting but his effort is comfortably saved.

Blunt Billy Goats

Cologne have looked solid at the back so far and are coping well with Frankfurt but they can't connect the dots when they get the ball back. Tigges up-top has barely had a kick and they'll be hoping they can find a way to get him more involved.

Buta down

There's a stoppage in play as Buta wears a clearance in the face. He's back on his feet though and looks okay to continue.

Still yet to see a shot

This tells a fair amount of the story so far.

Frankfurt getting closer

A move again flows through the left for Frankfurt before Götze plays a lovely through ball to Marmoush but he's eased off the ball before he can get a shot away. Good defending in the end to snuff the danger out.

Max effort

This blog won't entirely be about Philipp Max or just puns on his name today but he is the standout player so far. He's getting very high up the pitch on Frankfurt's left and being found time and time again. Opposite number Schmitz has got a tough afternoon ahead of him at this rate.

Fans out in full force

This is some place to watch football and both sets of supporters are out in typically strong numbers today.

Proof of the pudding

Proof of the pudding
Pass Efficiency
Philipp Max
Leart Paqarada
Aurélio Buta
Eric Martel
Ellyes Skhiri
Florian Kainz

Taking it to the Max

Frankfurt left-back Max has looked lively so far and both their best moves have come down his side. The latest sees him leave his man for dust but Cologne are able to clear his teasing ball into Marmoush.

Frankfurt settling

It looks a lovely day in Frankfurt, where each side is taking a little while to get going. Frankfurt string the first nice move together but it fizzles out and Cologne are back on the ball. No shots to speak of just yet but it's very early.

Off we go

Cologne get us up and running...

The teams are in the tunnel

We're just about ready to get going in Frankfurt...

Ready and raring

The players have been out for their warm-ups ahead of kick-off, which is just 10 minutes away now. Not long to go.

A familiar face

Ellyes Skhiri gets a swift reunion with his old teammates since making the switch from Cologne to Frankfurt. He starts and will be eager to impress today, that's for sure.

Cologne's fixture

This fixture hasn't been kind on Frankfurt in recent years and they are four without a win against the Billy Goats currently after two draws and two defeats over the past two seasons. In fact, Frankfurt have won just one of the last eight meetings (W1, D4, L3) and one of the last four at home (W1, D2, L1).

Watch: Welcome to Frankfurt!

The stage is set for today's action...

More on those teams

Frankfurt have gone with just Marmoush leading the line from the off, with Eric Dina Ebimbe looking like he'll be pushed forward to play alongside Mario Götze in support of their striker. As for the visitors, they make a couple of changes to their side today as Linton Maina and Steffen Tigges come in from the start.

Frankfurt starting XI

Trapp (c) - Tuta, Koch, Pacho - Buta, Larsson, Skhiri, Max - Dina Ebimbe, Götze - Marmoush

Frankfurt subs

Grahl, Smolcic, Hasebe, Nkounkou, Chaibi, Rode, Aaronsen, Ngankam, Hauge

Cologne starting XI

Schwäbe - Schmitz, Hübers, Chabot, Paqarada - Ljubicic, Martel - Maina, Kainz (c), Waldschmidt - Tigges

Cologne subs

Pentke, Kilian, Carstensen, Finkgräfe, Huseinbasic, Christensen, Alidou, Olesen, Adamyan

Team news on its way

We're about five minutes out from the teams being announced. Watch this space...

Watch: Inside the Cologne dressing room-proper

The club's tweet wasn't that far off, to be fair...

Chabot's back, back again...

Jeff Chabot returns to where it all started today. A Hanau native, he grew up just outside Frankfurt and was in the club's academy for almost a decade. After a spell on loan with the Billy Goats last year, he made the move permanent this summer and should start at centre-half today.

Farewell, Kolo Muani

Randal Kolo Muani's blockbuster move to PSG was confirmed in the final hours of deadline day, meaning Frankfurt start life without the Frenchman today. Jessic Ngankam and Omar Marmoush are tipped to lead the line and they have an immediate opportunity to show that it's a case of 'No Muani, no problems'.

Welcome to gameday!

The first of Sunday's Bundesliga double-header kicks-off at 3.30pm CEST, with hosts Frankfurt able to move as high as third with a win, while the visitors are hoping to avoid ending the weekend without a point so far this term. Team news will drop approximately an hour before we get underway, so set your alarms now and click on the alerts for this fixture in the app to see them first.

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Probable line-ups

Who's in, who's out, who's a doubt? Find out the likely line-ups for this Matchday 3 encounter right here!!

Baumgart's mission

Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart will want to avoid suffering what would be a fourth loss in a row for the first time at the helm of Die Geißböcke. Yet as he looks to avoid such occurrence, the tactician can take strength from his solid record against Eintracht. In four games against Die Adler, Baumgart is undefeated, winning two and drawing two.

Point rescued

A man and a goal down going into second-half injury time last weekend, Eintracht looked to be leaving Mainz with nothing to show for their efforts. However, Omar Marmoush sent the traveling support into raptures when he equalised at the death.

Toppmöller ticking along

Eintracht - with positive results against Darmstadt and Mainz so far - have picked up four points under new coach Dino Toppmöller. In the previous two campaigns under former boss Oliver Glasner, the Eagles only managed one point after two games.

Cologne showing signs

The Billy-Goats have lost by the narrowest of margins in both of their opening matches this season. Steffen Baumgart's side lost late on to Borussia Dortmund on the opening day of the campaign before going down to Wolfsburg by 2-1 having previously led last time out. In both games, there have been plenty of signs for optimism for Sunday's visitors.

Super Sunday

Matchday 3 heads towards its conclusion with a game that promises plenty of sparks. Hosts Eintracht have provided plenty of entertainment on their way to collecting four points from the season so far while Cologne will be desperate to get off the mark at Deutsche Bank Park.


Can Cologne bounce back from two straight losses to start the season, or will Frankfurt star Randal Kolo Muani keep them winless? Stay tuned to find out...