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. Cologne coach Markus Gisdol 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. Bremen (7./10) has been unbeaten for six league games, but has recently drawn four times in a row.
In the empty stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic, it took less than a minute before the Cologne gate became difficult. 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 return pass was far too short, Bremer Jean-Manuel Mbom took advantage of the guest defender’s faux pas and tried a direct shot – but only hit the rushed captain Horn.
A powerful start and scoring goals from the start – that’s how Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt ideally imagined the initial phase. It just didn’t work out that way. 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 Keulenspoort.
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. The Bremen-Milot Rashica was also unable to put himself in the spotlight in his first appearance from the start of this season, lacking supplies and space.
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 intermission.
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.
It somehow fitted into the picture that an own goal had to serve to guide the guests after a Cologne free kick. With a mini revenge for the 1: 6 swatter on matchday 34 of last season, allowing 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.