Leipzig may have definitively said goodbye to their chances of winning the Bundesliga after losing 2-1 to the desperate Cologne, penultimate classified and resisting losing the category. The energetic, second in the table, remain 7 points behind Bayern Munich, which will leave the title seen for sentence if they beat Bayer Leverkusen tonight at home with just 4 games to play.
Leipzig, who have only had one win and one draw in the last four games, dominated in the first and were better but Cologne resisted their pressure and Timo Horn kept their goal unbeaten. The goalkeeper stood out especially in the 41st minute, when he responded with a save to Alexander Sorlöth’s header. Before Nordi Mukiele had missed a sung goal.
Jonas Hector’s First
Colonia had hardly created opportunities but in the first play of the second half their captain Jonas Hector, the best player of the match, opened the scoring by heading a Jannes-Kilian Horn cross from the left that beat Dayot Upamecano at the far post. (46 ‘).
Leipzig maintained their dominance although without chances until in the 59th minute they tied in a play started by goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi with a long delivery. Sörloth controlled it and unloaded towards Marcel Halstenberg, who in turn extended for Amadou Haidara to unleash a right hand close to the post from the edge of the area.
Jonas Hector hits again
However, the reaction of Cologne, on the next play, was forceful, again taking advantage of the fragility of the Leipzig defense, which left Timo Horn to enter behind a wall with Ondrej Duda, who returned the ball from his heel, and beat Gulcasi with a low shot (60 ‘).
Enter Dani Olmo and Angeliño
Then Julien Nagelsmann gave entry to the Spanish Dani Olmo and Angeliño. The Galician winger was able to tie in a free-kick that goalkeeper Timo Horn took off with his left foot.
Already in the discount Patrick Kluivert had two great occasions: in the first his header came off the crossbar and in the last play of the game the Dutchman’s shot, before the departure of Timo Horn, crashed into the post in the face of the despair of a Leipzig that says goodbye to the title. Meanwhile, Cologne, who had not won for 9 games, remains penultimate but reaches Hertha Berlin, in the position that gives access to the permanence playoff.