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Friday, October 07, 2022

Conference League: Cologne wins wild game against Slovako

Thanks to their standards, 1. FC Köln celebrated a successful home debut in the Europa Conference League and won 4: 2 (2: 0) against Czech Cup winners 1. FC Slovako. Sargis Adamyan (11th), Florian Dietz (42nd) and Dejan Ljubicic (64th/74th) scored for the Rhinelanders. Meanwhile, Jan Kalabiska (48th) and Milan Petrjella (51st) tied for Slovako.

Two FC standards lead to success

However, the game began with luck for FC: first, Slovákos Murchas Doski fired a free shot to the left of the goal. After ten minutes FC had the first scene and directly observed: Luca Killian extended a corner to the far post, where Edman only had to put his foot.

However, Slovako remained dangerous: a long-range shot from Marek Havlik went softly past the Cologne goal (26′). Schwabe failed a Czech goal twice (35th/44th). At the other end, Dietz initially missed the second goal before advancing from the Cologne corner (42′). Dejan Ljubicic nearly scored the third goal with the brake whistle.

Slovaco catches Cologne cold

The second half was really tough as Kalabisca used the first opportunity to connect. Cologne now looked completely confused: Petrazella equalized with a volley. Again only 180 seconds later, Cologne goalkeeper Schwabe made an excellent save.

Coach Stefan Baumgart reacted and brought in Jonas Hector, Alice Scheery and Timo Hubers, the three regulars who were initially dropped. After a foul on Dejan Ljubi, there was a penalty, which the fouler converted confidently. The game hardly knew a break at this stage: Ljubicic refined a picture-perfect counterattack to score a fourth FC goal. Slovaco never recovered from this.

FC now in Bochum

In the parallel game of the group, Nice and Belgrade drew 1–1. This places Cologne at the top of the group after two games. FC continues with a Bundesliga game on Sunday (September 18, 2022) at 5.30pm VfL Bochum. In the Conference League, Cologne are hoping for Partizan Belgrade in their home field in early October.

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