Sunday, May 3, 2009

Köln breaks losing streak with win over Bremen

Die Geißböcke cruised closer to Christoph Daum forty-point target with a 1-0 victory over Bremen at RheinEnergieStadion. The results ends a four match losing streak as Köln heads into the final four match-days of the year, including Saturdays showdown with last years fellow promotion winners Hoffenheim.

For the match Christoph Daum made a series of changes with Nemanja Vučićević, Kevin McKenna, Wilfried Sanou and Marvin Matip into the starting eleven. The match was clearly not of the highest level as Bremen was dealing with a Diego, Torsten Frings, Diego, Hugo Almeida and Mesut Özil out of the lineup in lieu of their playing demands in the UEFA Cup. After a few respectable chances by the visiting Bremen-side, Köln was able to slow down their advances and virtually leave Faryd Mondragón undisturbed for the balance of the day. After a missed chance after the break Köln scored the winning goal at the sixty-first minute as Nemanja Vučićević’s cross was redirected in by Milivoje Novakovič from close range. Although future scoring chances by Köln came up short, Bremen made no threatening advances and match ended at 1-0 for the home side.