Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bittere Derby

Geißböcke supporters were handed another bitter derby loss as they fell 2-0 to Leverkusen. The loss leaves Köln mid-table and while ahead of Christoph Daum's goals, they face difficult matches against Dortmund and Stuttgart over the next two weeks.

Without fail the match was tightly played and in the first forty-five minutes neither side had a significant attempt. If an when Leverkusen was able to launch a prospective effort Köln ‘keeper Faryd Mondragón was able to deal with it perfectly. After an extended period were both squads were limited in the final third Leverkusen broke through six minutes past the hour when what looked to be a harmless run of play exploded for a goal. A ball into the box for Simon Rolfes was played off to just as he met a challenge, to Stefan Kießling, who then scored to the opposite top corner from seven metres out. Needing extra attackers Herr Daum called Nemanja Vučićević and Adil Chihi into the match with under twenty minutes remaining but at the seventy-sixth minute Pedro Geromel was adjudged to bringing down Stefan Kießling and the spot was pointed to with Patrick Helmes converting. Geißböcke was unable to find a way back following the second goal and lost 2-0. It was a tough ending to the match because excluding the single run of play goal, Köln had worked their tactical plan perfectly.