AChim Beierlorzer's face seemed to turn to stone. The already highly ranked coach of 1. FC Köln has lost his "endgame" by a late knockout after a penalty given by video evidence in the eighth minute of stoppage time and is at the climber in front of the end.
Against the TSG Hoffenheim the FC defeated on Friday despite good performance with 1: 2 (1: 0), conceded his eighth defeat of the season – and Beierlorzers 131st day in office may have been one of his last. "It sucks," called stadium announcer Michael Trippel in his microphone.
As soon as the game was over, the sports director was gone. "The board and Armin Veh have agreed by mutual agreement to terminate his current contract until 30 June 2020 with immediate effect," said the FC at the moment of the whistle via Twitter. The separation at the end of the season was already decided thing.
"Of course I would have liked to do my job at the FC until the end. But in our current situation, where 1. FC Köln has to make important decisions for the future too, in my view it is logical that we end the cooperation in the short term, "said Veh. In December 2017 he came to 1. FC Köln. After relegation, the club managed under his sporting leadership re-emergence in the Bundesliga as champion.
In the evening, Jhon Cordoba (34th) scored the deserved lead with his first Bundesliga goal for Cologne. Joker Sargis Adamyan (48 ') equalized for the visitors before Locadia struck in the stoppage time for their sixth consecutive TSG win – a new club record. Hoffenheim jumped from rank nine to second place on the table.
The Cologne was their negative series of only one win in the last eight games from the beginning to be noted. With three newcomers, including the 20-year-old debutant Ismail Jakobs, the Rhinelander started although committed, but both teams shied away from the risk. The Cologne were trying to control, but they went too idealess and too slow and put the guests hardly before problems.
Only the failed header attempt by attacker Simon Terodde (32), the 1899 goalkeeper Oliver Baumann parried, solved the tension in the FC. The now noticeably larger attack efforts were quickly rewarded. Ironically, the controversial in Cologne Cordoba brought his team with a placed low shot from 20 meters in the lead. It was the Colombian's first Bundesliga goal in his 27th match in the FC jersey. The Rhinelanders now earned the lead with their strongest phase to date.
However, the newly won stability seemed to have been lost to the hosts during the break. Directly after the restart, TSG had three chances within three minutes and equalized with substitute Adamyan. Although the Cologne then caught again, the Rhinelanders were not really any more forward.
The penalty for Hoffenheim after video evidence in injury time, the Locadia transformed, then sealed the late K.o. for the Cologne and their fourth competitive defeat in series.
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