Saturday, May 9, 2009

Die Geißböcke falls 2-0 to Hoffenheim

After last weeks victory over Bremen, Köln lost 2-0 to Hoffenheim in one of the least enthusiastic performances of the spring. With three remaining matches Christoph Daum will need to spark his side over the month will play out like a series of friendlies.

Coming into the match Hoffenheim were in the midst of long win-less run. Despite these problems, Köln laid back in a conservative approach with Milivoje Novakovič and Nemanja Vučićević virtually out of the match. Comfortable with that approach the match was void of highlights till two minutes for the hour when Hoffenheim's Sejad Salihović drove free-kick in from twenty-five metres to make it 1-0. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Demba Ba hit the back of the net from just outside the area. Down by two goals, Taner Yalçın, Adil Chihi and Kevin McKenna came into the match but still Köln lacked the fire to get back in to the match.