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Cancellation! Effzeh’s conference league game against Slovacko falls victim to insane fog chaos

1. FC Köln urgently needs victories in the Conference League – but didn’t even get the chance on Thursday evening: The important group game at Czech Cup winners 1. FC Slovacko had to be stopped after six minutes of play due to heavy fog, goals had not yet been scored . The kick-off was already postponed by 75 minutes.

1. FC Köln groped their way through the fog in vain, experienced the next memorable European Cup evening – and Steffen Baumgart was left with only gallows humor. “I’ve been in Cologne for a year and a half and I can write three books about it,” said the coach after the game was canceled in the Czech Republic.

The important conference league duel at 1. FC Slovacko had to be stopped after only six minutes of play due to heavy fog, and no goals had yet been scored. The rest of the season will be made up for on Friday at 1 p.m.

“The demolition was correct,” said Baumgart: “I didn’t see anything, the players didn’t see anything.” This was preceded by a back and forth, namely initially the kick-off was postponed by 75 minutes.

The teams warmed up, had to go back to the dressing room, warmed up again – “at some point the risk of injury was too high,” said Baumgart. For a few minutes the view got a little better, the referee dared to kick off – but soon had to stop.

1. FC Köln: Game in Slovacko is canceled

Cologne is currently third in Group D, and a draw on Friday would be enough to keep their chances of progressing ahead of the last game against OGC Nice on Thursday. The already tight schedule is now getting even tighter: the Bundesliga game against TSG Hoffenheim is already on Sunday (7:30 p.m.).

“If a transfer were possible, that would be good, then we should tackle it,” said Baumgart in the evening: “But I assume that we will play on Sunday.” According to the current status, there are still six games in 16 days for Cologne to play before the winter break.

And the return to the European Cup after five years is a turbulent one for FC. The start in Nice (1:1) was overshadowed by serious riots before kick-off, and this game was also delayed. As a result, UEFA decided that Cologne could not sell away tickets for the games at Partizan Belgrade (0:2) and FC Slovacko.

In the Czech Republic, however, there were numerous fans on Thursday, they could also be heard through the fog – and showed gallows humor: “Free beer for everyone” they demanded in chants before kick-off. How many of them stayed on Friday was unclear.


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