Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Köln's slides continues losing 2-1 to Hertha Berlin

Köln's late season slide continued with a 2-1 loss to Hertha Berlin at RheinEnergieStadion.

Facing a series of absences Christoph Daum had five changes to his starting lineup with Thomas Kessler, Kevin McKenna, Petit, Derek Boateng and Manasseh Ishiaku being added. Although Köln showed early attacking initiatives, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock three minutes before the hour as Crvena Zvezda product Marko Pantelić charged down the left flank before turning the ball back from the byline for Cícero to turn in from seven metres. Fortune brought a bad bounce for Köln as seven minutes after the restart Patrick Ebert's effort from thirty metres careened off Pedro Geromel into the into the net over 'keeper Thomas Kessler in the longest of long-shots. Die Geißböcke added a consolation goal as time ran out as Adil Chihi, who had come into the match with eight minutes early for Mišo Brečko, added his first goal in the Bundesliga to bring the match to its final 2-1 score.