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2-2 in 1. FC Köln test
Löwen with an impressive display of moral
On Sunday in EINTRACHT-STADION, the Löwen went through their dress rehearsal ahead of next weekend’s league start. The guests on Hamburger Straße on the day were top-flight 1. FC Köln. In the end, the game was to finish in a 2-2 draw.
Right from the outset, the hosts pressed and created a number of chances. The Löwen launched their first promising attack in the 6th minute, with Onel Hernandez dribbling through to the by-line, before pulling a pass back to Salim Khelifi, whose shot was turned away for a corner by Timo Horn. Eintracht continued to press and four minutes later, new-signing Louis Samson won possession in midfield and threaded a pass through to Suleiman Abdullahi. The striker burst through on goal but was unable to force the ball past the FC keeper from 15 meters out.
On the quarter-hour mark, the side from the banks of the Rhine had their first sight of goal, but Salih Özcan could cause no problems for Jasmin Fejzic with his shot from distance. Shortly afterward, the guests caused more of a threat. Köln‘s Lukas Klünter forced his way past Niko Kijewski on the right and crossed to the centre for Rudnevs, but the striker’s effort was turned away for a corner at the near post by Fejzic.
Köln on the double
In the 20th minute, the Löwen launched their next attack, with Abdullahi blocking a pass in midfield and finding Hernandez. The winger, in turn, sent the front-man on his way, but ‚Mani‘ failed to cause a problem for Horn with his toe-poked effort. On the half-hour mark, the Blau-Gelben then suddenly found themselves chasing the game, following a quick brace from Artjoms Rudnevs. Following a foul by Joseph Baffo on Köln‘s new-man Jhon Cordoba, Rudnevs drove the ball home from the penalty-spot. Just two minutes later, the goal-getter took on a long ball forward from Klünter and chipped home cleverly to hand the guests a 2-0 advantage, which they duly took into the break.
Torsten Lieberknacht made three changes for the start of the second-half, with Samson, Hernandez and Abdullahi being replaced by Quirin Moll, Hendrick Zuck and Domi Kumbela. Zuck then had the first go at goal in the second period, with a shot from 16 meters out which narrowly missed the target. Niko Kijewski tried his luck in the 52nd minute with a low drive, but equally proved off the mark from a tight angle.
Zuck and Kumbela level the scores
With an hour on the clock, Eintracht finally made their breakthrough. Mirko Boland, wearing the captain’s armband on the day, laid a pass out left to Zuck, who on this occasion got the angles right and fired past the Köln keeper to make it 1-2. The Löwen continued to push in search of an equalizer, and were rewarded for their efforts in the 70th minute when Kumbela took possession from twenty meters out, shifted the ball into a good shooting position and drove his effort home to make it 2-2.
In the closing phase of the game, it proved to be pretty much one-way traffic towards the Köln goal and Eintracht could well have gotten their noses in front as Kumbela fired a delivery across the face of the goal, but Boland was unfortunately just short of making a connection. The hosts had possible openings late on from two corners, but there was ultimately to be no change in the score-line and the match finished in a 2-2 draw.
The coach’s post-match statement
We saw a decent basic approach. Today everyone had a chance to present himself individually and within the team. Being able to come back from behind as we did gives us a good feeling. It was clear to see that we are in good form athletically. We will make use of the coming week to regain some freshness.
The game at a glance:
Fejzic – Breitkreuz, Baffo (60‘ Nkansah), Valsvik, Boland (C), Hochscheidt (60‘ Becker), Samson (46‘ Moll), Abdullahi (46‘ Kumbela), Khelifi (73‘ Tietz), Hernandez (46‘ Zuck), Kijewski
0-1 Rudnevs (28’, pen.)
0-2 Rudnevs (30’)
1-2 Zuck (60’)
2-2 Kumbela (70‘)
Photos: Agentur Hübner and eintracht.com