1. FC Köln also won the second derby against Borussia Mönchengladbach. FC won 3-1 (3-0) at Borussia Park.
The Cologne coaching and support staff celebrated the renewed derby triumph in front of the fans, even boss Steffen Baumgart was there and was infected by the euphoria: Two days after his “Europe order” the pros of 1. FC Köln had delivered and 3:1 (3:0) at Borussia Mönchengladbach celebrated the second win against the archrival, who is actually the biggest feared opponent of Cologne.
And that even has a certain historical dimension, because FC hadn’t won both duels against the Foals in one season since 1989/90. At that time, Christoph Daum was still FC coach – and Cologne finished the season as runners-up. Cologne had won the first meeting 4:1.
Anthony Modeste (5th) scored his 16th goal of the season early on and his first in almost two months. Florian Kainz (20th) and Dejan Ljubicic (34th) increased for FC, who coldly exploited the errors of the Gladbach defensive. Breel Embolo (85th) made it 1: 3.
“We’re always dangerous from the flanks, that’s what sets us apart,” said Kainz, who was involved in all three goals sky. And FC is currently in sixth place – Europe can come!
Gladbach consternated – “Hütter-rau” calls from the ranks
The Borussia fans, on the other hand, were deeply disappointed. “Hütter raus”, chanted some after the recent bankruptcy against the archrival and made coach Adi Hütter a scapegoat, although there had recently been ten points from four games.
“It hurts to look,” said Gladbach’s Jonas Hofmann in view of the cheers of the Cologne supporters: “We get goals that the opponent doesn’t have to do anything for. We had big plans, but we didn’t get it done.”
Cologne: The first attack is sitting
On Thursday, Baumgart announced the qualification for international business as the goal for the end of the season – and the team seemed to want to implement the bold tones of their coach right from the start.
Modeste immediately completed the first attack to take the lead, and FC didn’t give up after that either. The guests forced ball wins with an early and powerful start and then switched at lightning speed.
The 2:0 through Kainz was the logical consequence. Gladbach seemed overwhelmed and was initially only threatened by national player Jonas Hofmann (28th), who happened to get the ball and shot past.
That took revenge just six minutes later, Ljubicic converted freely in front of Yann Sommer for the third Cologne goal. Seconds earlier, Gladbach national player Matthias Ginter was injured after a duel with Kainz, referee Deniz Aytekin still gave the goal after studying the video images.
Whistles from the home fans during the break
FC slowed down as a result, but kept control at all times. Cologne had never before led 3-0 in the Bundesliga at the break in Gladbach, and the Fohlen fans acknowledged their team’s gloomy performance with loud whistles.
The 54,042 spectators saw a similar picture in the second round. Cologne had the game largely under control, while Gladbach often made bad passes during the build-up and could therefore hardly play forward in an orderly manner.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – 1. FC Cologne: The line-ups