After moving into the Conference League, 1. FC Köln couldn’t get past a 0-0 draw against VfB Stuttgart.
The fans gave friendly applause, Steffen Baumgart spoke encouragingly to his players: At 1. FC Köln, the zero number in the Bundesliga was quickly ticked off after the Europe party. “We should be happy,” said the coach after the 0-0 draw against VfB Stuttgart DAZN“It’s more of a point win than a point loss.”
Less than 72 hours after qualifying for the Conference League, Baumgart’s team only managed to draw, despite being outnumbered for more than 30 minutes, which was quite lucky given Stuttgart’s top-class chances before the break. “It’s a good result for me,” said Baumgart. Cologne remains unbeaten after the fourth match day – but has been waiting for a win since the first round.
VfB is still completely without a threesome, who missed three big chances through Silas alone and once again didn’t reward themselves for a good game. In addition, Luca Pfeiffer saw red in the second half for foul play (56′), coach Pellegrino Matarazzo had to go to the stands for complaining with yellow-red (72′).
“We had the game clearly under control up to the 60th minute and clearly had better chances to score,” said VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat. “If we play eleven against eleven to the end, we win.”
1. FC Köln expands a strange series
A curious series continued for Cologne: In the fourth Bundesliga game, FC benefited from a red card for the opponent for the third time. The recent appearances in the playoffs for the Conference League against the Hungarian FC Fehervar caused plenty of strain. And so Baumgart brought the seventh different starting eleven against Stuttgart in the seventh competitive game of the season.
However, VfB were forced to make a change – striker Sasa Kalajdzic was no longer part of the squad, and the Austrian is probably about to move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Left-back Borna Sosa, on the other hand, who was also being courted, was in the starting XI.
And driven by the strong Croatian, Stuttgart got off to an impressive start. Captain Wataru Endo made a dangerous save after just 24 seconds, a little later Cologne goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe had to defuse a header from Konstantinos Mavropanos (5′).
VfB Stuttgart: Luca Pfeiffer sees red
VfB got a few corner kicks, while Cologne hardly got out from behind – the visitors’ pressing was effective and the game forward was purposeful. FC, on the other hand, built up, quite unusually, hardly any effective pressure and let themselves be overplayed again and again. So once again Schwäbe had to save his team with a very strong reflex against Silas (22′).
And although Cologne found their own powerful game after about half an hour, Silas appeared free in front of Schwäbe twice more – and the goalkeeper won again (38./48.). Shortly after the break, the guest should have been in the lead long ago.
Pfeiffer’s hard attack against Timo Hübers then changed the balance of power numerically, but both teams remained a goal threat. Mavropanos missed another big chance for Stuttgart (81′).
1. FC Cologne vs. VfB Stuttgart: The data for the game
- Cologne: Schwäbe – Schmitz, Kilian, Chabot (52nd Hübers), Hector – Martel (60th Kainz), Skhiri – Schindler (60th Ljubicic), Olesen (17th Duda), Thielmann – Dietz (46th Adamyan)
- Stuttgart: Florian Müller – Mavropanos, Anton, Ito – Vagnoman, Endo, Sosa (60th Karazor) – Führich (60th Perea), Ahamada (90th + 4th Millot) – Katompa Mvumpa (76th Stenzel), Luca Pfeiffer
- Red card: Luca Pfeiffer (Stuttgart) for gross foul play (56.)
Yellow-red card: Matarazzo (Stuttgart/Coach)
Yellow cards: Kilian, Ljubicic – Karazor, Millot