Bremen (dpa) – When 1. FC Köln last won a game in the Bundesliga, 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 staggered alarmingly, but at least brought the draw after a while. Revenge for the embarrassing 1: 6 on matchday 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. From a 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 backwards in terms of game. The Rhinelander hardly took an offensive, 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 weren’t 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 get a three point after three draws, the hosts were also too unimaginative. Milot Rashica’s first start was largely delayed. Only in the course of the second half, the attacker from Kosovo, whose switch to Bayer Leverkusen had failed at the last minute, got better in the game, but was replaced after more than an hour.

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