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Bundesliga: 1. FC Cologne staggers towards relegation, Wolfsburg wins

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Bundesliga: 1. FC Cologne staggers towards relegation, Wolfsburg wins

Bundesliga 30th matchday

Cologne loses against Darmstadt and staggers towards relegation

Status: 20.04.2024 | Reading time: 4 minutes

1. FC Köln loses against Darmstadt and suffers a bitter setback in the relegation battle. Everything indicates that FC has to go to the second division. Wolfsburg celebrates a liberation against Bochum. The 30th matchday of the Bundesliga at a glance.

With a surprise success, SV Darmstadt 98 preserved its chance of staying in the Bundesliga. The promoted team won the relegation duel at 1. FC Köln 2-0 (0-0) on Saturday afternoon, it was the bottom team’s first win in 23 games. In the event of a defeat, the “Liliens” would have been relegated. A bitter setback for Cologne, who are now threatened with a direct fall into the second division. The gap to a non-relegation place is five points.

Darmstadt’s coach Torsten Lieberknecht had called for a courageous performance from his team before kick-off. You have an obligation not to give away a game until the end of the season. Lieberknecht had to do without five injured players. Tim Skarke, Darmstadt’s most dangerous offensive professional with eight goals, played for captain Fabian Holland (torn cruciate ligament). His colleague Tobias Kempe moved back from the offensive to the defensive midfield. Cologne were missing Luca Kilian and Davie Selke with injuries, and midfielder Dejan Ljubicic was unwell. Coach Timo Schultz had to rebuild his team again. Luca Waldschmidt was in the starting eleven for the first time this year after a long break and a few short appearances following a healed broken fibula.

But even with Waldschmidt, FC initially had little success on the offensive. It was a pure relegation battle: a game that showed how limited Cologne are in their current form. The hosts initially had more of the game, Darmstadt was waiting for a counterattack when they won the ball. But for a long time there was hardly any clear action in front of the goals, both teams lacked the resources and ideas. The only big chance for Cologne in the first half came from striker Faride Alidou, who hit the post from the edge of the penalty area (18th). Darmstadt’s Skarke also hit the aluminum with a deflected shot (36′). At halftime, many spectators in the stadium whistled because of the poor performance.

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The shock for Cologne came in the second half: They couldn’t clear a corner, Christoph Klarer shot the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe – 0-1 (57′). Schultz stood on the sideline, stunned. His team pushed for an equalizer, but the Darmstadt team defended cleverly. Oscar Vilhelmsson made it 2-0 in stoppage time.

VfL Wolfsburg – VfL Bochum 1:0

In Wolfsburg, where VfL Bochum was playing, Mayor Dennis Weilmann had previously sent a video message asking for support for VfL in the relegation battle.

But the team had a hard time at first – and were lucky when the supposed 1-0 for Bochum was revoked by Patrick Osterhage after video evidence (40th). It was like a wake-up call for VfL, who took the lead in the 43rd through Jonas Wind. It was also the winning goal.

TSG Hoffenheim – Borussia Mönchengladbach 4:3

There was a crazy game in Hoffenheim. TSG was already leading 3-1 in the 4:3 (1:1) win against Borussia Mönchengladbach before Borussia equalized in the 90th. But in stoppage time, Anton Stach scored to win. The other TSG goals were scored by Wout Weghorst (36′), Grischa Prömel (58′) and Ozan Kabak (66′) – Robin Hack scored a hat-trick for Borussia (39′, 78′ and 90′).

1. FC Heidenheim – RB Leipzig 1:2

RB Leipzig scored a victory in the fight for a starting place in the Champions League. The Bundesliga fourth team, where coach Marco Rose was suspended after four yellow cards and only sat in the stands, won 2-1 (1-0) at 1. FC Heidenheim on Saturday.

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There was also a nasty surprise waiting for the approximately 1,500 supporters who had traveled with them. At the start of the game, the Leipzig fan association posted a photo from the guest block on X with the title “Smells like butyric acid”. Apparently the substance was spilled before the game on the stands intended for RB fans. Butyric acid can irritate the eyes and respiratory tract and also produces an unmistakable smell.

Leipzig’s players defied the coach’s ban and took the lead before the break: Benjamin Sesko scored 1-0 with a right-footed shot in the 42nd minute. Heidenheim did not give up. Just 73 seconds after being substituted on, Nikola Dovedan made it 1-1 (69′). But Lois Openda scored RB’s winning goal in the 85th.

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