Bremen (AP) – When 1. FC Köln won a game in the Bundesliga for the last time, Corona didn’t play a big role in Germany and spring was just around the corner.

The Rhinelander won 2-1 at SC Paderborn at the beginning of March and even dreamed a piece of Europe. But since then, after a dramatic sporting downturn, the Cologne team has been waiting in vain for a three-point win and after seven days of the new season they are already in the middle of the relegation battle.

In a 1: 1 (0: 0) match at Werder Bremen on Friday evening, an own goal by Bremer captain Niklas Moisander (67th minute) was not enough for the FC to win. The ex-Cologne Leonardo Bittencourt ensured the deserved 1-1 of Bremen with a converted hand penalty eight minutes before time. After that, the Cologne team hesitated, but in any case brought the draw after a while. The revenge for the shameful 1: 6 on match day 34 of last season, which allowed Bremen to jump into relegation at the last minute, also failed to materialize.

“We all long for a win. But we all see the tendency of the team. In terms of feeling, not much would have happened today without the penalty,” said FC coach Markus Gisdol. But compared to the 1: 2 against Bayern Munich a week ago, the performance on the Weser was a step back in terms of game. The Rhinelander’s offensive hardly took place, so that an own goal had to serve as a lead was symptomatic.

After the international break, the Cologne team will take on Union Berlin. If there is still no win, the club’s negative record is set with 18 matches without a win. But Gisdol does not want to think about that. “I am confident that we will soon take our first win.”

Bremen, on the other hand, remained unbeaten in the sixth game in a row – but they were not really satisfied with it. “Because we really wanted to win the game,” said Christian Groß. “The point is not enough for today, but I still appreciate the overall situation as positive,” said Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt. “We’re taking steps with the team and scoring points, that’s fine.”

But to score another three-point after three draws, the hosts also acted too unimaginably offensive. The first start of Milot Rashica was largely delayed. The attacker from Kosovo, whose switch to Bayer Leverkusen had failed at the last minute, only got better in the game in the second half, but was replaced after more than an hour.

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