Bremen (AP) – 1. FC Cologne has not been able to stop its series of victories. In a weak Friday-evening game at the start of the seventh matchday of the Bundesliga, the Cologne team split 1: 1 (0: 0) distance from SV Werder Bremen on Friday evening.
After an own goal by Werder captain Niklas Moisander (67th), Leonardo Bittencourt (82nd) managed to save Bremen one point with a penalty and the fourth 1-1 in a row. Coach Markus Gisdol’s Cologne team has been waiting for a victory for 17 games in all seasons. In the table, the 16th threatens to slip away by only three points. Bremer (7./10) has been unbeaten for six league games, but recently drew four times in a row.
In the empty stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic, it did not take a minute before it became difficult for the Cologne gate. Marius Wolf wanted to put a long ball from Ömer Toprak, who had been in Werder’s base for the first time since February, with his chest on goalkeeper Timo Horn. The pass back was far too short, Bremer Jean-Manuel Mbom took advantage of the guest defender’s faux pas and attempted a direct shot – but only hit the hurried captain Horn.
A powerful start and a goal from the beginning – that’s how Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt ideally envisioned the initial phase. It just didn’t work out like that. The Cologne team was better defensively and hardly allowed anything. Even if the home team had significantly more ball possession, it lacked sparkling ideas, courage and attraction to the goal. From left across the center to the right and back again, 40 meters before the Kölner Tor.
Above all, both teams wanted to avoid a deficit, although Cologne was the only team in the league that was not in the lead after six games this season. Bremen’s Milot Rashica was also unable to put himself in the spotlight on his first appearance from the start of this season as he lacked supplies and spaces.
Horn didn’t get much to do, but the guest goalkeeper was injured in one action and had to leave the field in the 40th minute: a blow to the hip. Ron-Robert Zieler had to score, the loan from Hannover 96 made his league debut for Cologne. Nothing else happened until the break whistle.
And even after that, creativity and inspiration were lacking on both sides. The residents of Cologne wanted to keep their box clean and in any case not lose it. De Bremer would have liked to focus more on the front, but somehow couldn’t.
Somehow it fit into the picture that after a free kick from Cologne, an own goal had to be used to guide the guests. With a mini-revenge for the 1: 6 swatter on matchday 34 of last season, allowing the Bremen to jump to the relegation spot, it was nothing when Bittencourt scored against his former club with a penalty after Sebastiaan Bornauw had the ball in the penalty area taken by the arm.