Thanks to Jonas Hector, Friedhelm Funkel celebrated a completely surprising victory on his home comeback as coach of 1. FC Köln - and probably also dispelled the last doubts about the next championship title of FC Bayern Munich.
The 67-year-old won with the table penultimate against second RB Leipzig 2-1 (0-0) and drew four games before the end of the season on points with Hertha BSC on the relegation place.
However, the Berliners currently in quarantine have played two fewer games.
For FC, the win with goals from captain and ex-international Jonas Hector (46th / 60th minute) was the first after nine games and only the second home win this season.
The remaining program with the opponents Augsburg, Freiburg, Hertha and Schalke also appears feasible.
Hector leaves Leipzig goalkeeper Gulasci with his header no chance
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The Leipziger, for whom Amadou Haidara equalized in the meantime (59th), were seven points behind the Munich team even before Bayern's evening game against Bayer Leverkusen.
In the event of a Bayern win in the evening, the decision could be made next weekend.
Leipzig also gives away the best opportunities
Funkel, who last looked after FC on October 18, 2003 in a 1-0 win against Freiburg with colleague Volker Finke, switched to the offensive three times.
At first it didn't matter who played up front at FC, because only the defensive was required.
Julian Nagelsmann's guests, who had changed to five positions compared to the 0-0 win against Hoffenheim on Friday, attacked FC and left the relegation candidate barely breathing space.
After about ten minutes, the initially completely taken by surprise FC recovered and acted more orderly.
Nevertheless, Leipzig was dominant and operated real usury.
13: 3 shots on goal showed the statistics at break, but no hit.
And after the break, RB promptly received the receipt. 56 seconds were played when Hector headed a cross from Jannes Horn to take the lead. After Haidara equalized, the game didn't tip. On the contrary, the Cologne team struck back almost immediately through Hector.