| 1. FC Köln - Borussia Dortmund 1:6 (1:1)|
|Season 2011/2012, Matchday 27, 25.03.2012 17:30|
|6-1 in Cologne - BVB come from behind|
to register biggest away win
|[25.03.] Today saw BVB claim their ninth victory in 10 games since the winter break! Borussia Dortmund are quite simply unstoppable in the Bundesliga this season celebrating a 6-1 (1-1) away win at Cologne. The victory took the club 11 points clear of the fourth spot in the table which qualifies for next season´s Champions League and BVB now technically only need 10 more points from their last seven games to qualify.|
|Boris Rupert and Dennis-Julian Gottschlich report from Cologne|
The 50,000 crammed into a sold-out Rhein-Energie stadium saw BVB go behind in a Bundesliga game for the first time since 24 September in Mainz. The home side took the lead through Novakovic after 13 minutes only for BVB to level things up just thirteen minutes later when Piszczek struck. The goal was reward for a BVB team that was now beginning to dominate the game and that dominance was to lead to further goals after the break. Kagawa and Lewandowski scored on 47 and 52 minutes respectively before Gündogan (79.), Kagawa (80.) and Perisic (84 mins) turned the screw in the closing stages to register their highest away victory since a similar win in Cologne in 1994.
Thirteenth versus first with 31 points separating the teams at kick-off. The home side went into the game having already lost at home six times (only Hertha and Hamburg have worse records). Borussia arrived unbeaten in ten away games and with a fine record in Cologne (just one defeat in seven visits).
Jajalo, Buchtmann, Chihi and Uth were all missing for Cologne but Podolski was back having served his suspension. Götze was still unavailable and Santana joined him on the sidelines having suffered a stomach muscle pull. Löwe came into the squad for him with the team showing just one change from the Cup match on Tuesday with Kehl making way for Gündogan.
Cologne lined up in a 4-4-2 formation whilst, I am sure you have guessed, BVB adopted their normal 4-2-3-1 formation. Cologne looked to attack down the flanks with Podolski breaking forward from deep. Cologne attempted to keep things tight.
The Game and Analysis:
|One goal and two assists: Lukasz Piszczek (here with Martin Lanig) was unstoppable today.|
BVB started well and sought to make an impression on a tightly formed home defence down the flanks with Piszczek and Kuba. To begin with, though, it was hard to get men in on the end of crosses whilst the home side also enjoyed a good deal of the ball and eventually had success when Novakovic outjumped Subotic to send a looping header over Weidenfeller and into the net. It was something of a shock for the league-leaders to go behind on 13 minutes, but it didn´t take long to get back in the game.
The Black ´n´ Yellows now began to dominate enjoying a lot of possession and forcing the home side to pin their hopes on sporadic counter-attacks. Despite often having all eleven men behind the ball, Cologne could not stop BVB equalising on 26 minutes when Schmelzer swung in a free-kick onto Piszczek´s head, 1-1. The goal was pretty much the story of Cologne´s season as it was the 19th goal they had conceded from a dead-ball situation this season!
The equaliser seemed to give BVB wings and they proceeded to attack with élan and flair and intricate passing (earlier they had focussed on longer balls) which led to further chances for Piszczek (29mins) and Bender who, on 41 minutes had his header chalked of for offside. At the other end Weidenfeller did well to block Podolski just as he was about to shoot home.
The second half was just two minutes old when Gündogan surprised the home defence with a neatly worked free-kick which found Kuba who, in turn, crossed for Piszczek to lay the ball on a plate for Kagawa to rifle home from an acute angle to give BVB the lead.
|Two goals and involved in two more goals: Shinji Kagawa (seen here with Sascha Riether).|
Just five minutes later Kagawa and Kuba linked up to fashion (via a cute back-heel) a chance which Lewandowski gleefully passed into an empty net. It was the Pole´s 17th goal of the season and pretty much ended the game as a contest after 52 minutes. Having charged from the dressing-room after the break on fire BVB simply didn´t give Cologne a chance. They now created little of note.
Borussia held a good line at the back whilst demonstrating the guile and wit going forward that have lit up the season. The travelling support (8,000 today!) began to party big-time!
With songs cascading down from the BVB fans and echoing around the Rhein-Energie stadium, Ilkay Gündogan and Shinji Kagawa set about rubbing it in: first Gündogan shoved the ball into an empty net following a swift counter on 79 minutes, then less than two minutes later Kagawa turned home a pass from Piszczek to make it 5-1. The home defence now resembled a rabble and so it was that the full half-dozen was duly completed when Perisic (on for Großkreutz) rounded off the scoring with six minutes to go. It was BVB´s biggest ever away win in the Bundesliga.
Teams & Goals
Bundesliga, Matchday 27
1. FC COLOGNE - BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1-6 (1-1)
1. FC Cologne: Rensing - Brecko, Sereno, Geromel, Eichner - Clemens, Lanig, Riether, Peszko - Podolski, Novakovic
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Gündogan - Kuba, Kagawa, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Substitutions: 46. Jemal for Eichner, 77. Ishak for Peszko, 82. Pezzoni for Lanig - 61. Kehl for Bender, 73. Perisic for Großkreutz, 81. Leitner for Kagawa
Goals: 1-0 Novakovic (13., Lanig), 1-1 Piszczek (26., free-kick Schmelzer), 1-2 Kagawa (47., Piszczek), 1-3 Lewandowski (52., Kuba), 1-4 Gündogan (79., Kagawa), 1-5 Kagawa (80., Piszczek), 1-6 Perisic (84., Gündogan)
Corners: 2-3 (HT 2-1), Chances: 2-7 (2-2)
Referee: Zwayer (Berlin), Yellow Card: Podolski
Attendance: 50.000 (sold out). Weather: sunny, 18 degrees
VfB Stuttgart are the next visitors to what will surely be a sold-out Signal Iduna Park on Friday.