Cologne (dpa) - At the Düsseldorfers, there was a crisis meeting in the cabin. The Cologne clapped happily with their elbows in the final minutes after their furious pursuit.
Joker Anthony Modeste (88.) and Jhon Cordoba (90. + 1) prevented the second defeat of 1. FC Köln this season against the Rhenish rivals in Sunday's 2-2 (0-1) on Sunday. "It took us longer to digest that," said Fortuna Düsseldorf coach Uwe Rösler. "It was important that we tell each other clearly that things cannot go on again, that we don't reward ourselves for good games."
"The point is worth gold to us in the current situation, where everything is moving in the league," said Cologne coach Markus Gisdol and praised the reaction of his team after the 0: 2. "We stayed stable." It feels like a victory, definitely. We fought to the last minute and earned the point, "said Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn at Sky.
"Maybe we were too sure," said Dusseldorf's Kenan Karaman and said: "It feels like a defeat. We mustn't give the game away. It can't go on like this. We also have to be critical." Shortly after the final whistle, the time had come: We don't play like a relegation, we play good football. But we clearly said what was going on in the last six minutes. "
Karaman with his fourth goal from the last four games (41.) and Erik Thommy (61.), who had already been successful in the first leg for the 2-0 win, had apparently brought the significantly better Fortuna clearly onto the winning road. Goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier saved a penalty from Mark Uth (59.). "If you miss a penalty, you're grateful. The boys helped me out of the shit," said Uth.
Due to the sixth draw in the eighth game under coach Uwe Rösler, Düsseldorf missed the great chance to move up to Mainz with one point on the saving 15th place. Cologne, on the other hand, with a further ten points behind Fortuna on relegation rank, will probably be relegated to the class with seven games remaining. With a win, the FC would have moved up to one point after the home defeats of Freiburg, Wolfsburg and Schalke to possibly seventh place for the European Cup qualification.
The comeback of Ismail Jakobs at FC was encouraging. "It is nice to see a recovering player for the first time. A Corona sick and quarantined player who is back," said coach Markus Gisdol before Sky kicked off.
His colleague Uwe Rösler had to do without the blocked defense chief Kaan Ayhan, made three more changes and switched from three to four chains. So the guests were stable. And they were also the more active team. The Turkish international Karaman was successful after Steven Skzybski's filing, Toni Leistner deflected his shot unsustainable for Horn.
After the break, the Cologne team were at least a little more active, but the great chance to equalize left the otherwise so accurate Uth twice. Initially, the Schalke loan, which was involved in at least one goal in each of the previous eight games, hit the post. After Adam Bodzek fouled him on the margin, the Cologne native missed the penalty kick - and failed at Kastenmeier. Gisdol wanted to set a further impulse with a triple change - and had to accept a thump in the neck seconds later through Thommy. But then the Cologne turned up and saved another point. Cordoba with his eleventh goal of the season and Modeste with his first goal since August 31 made the apparently impossible possible. Dominick Drexler, who came on with Modeste, had prepared both goals.
Information about the game at bundesliga.de