Forward of the ultimate day, many Köln followers could have been dreaming of staying up, however many acknowledged the truth that they most likely could be accompanying Schalke 04 to the second tier of German soccer.
Köln went into the ultimate day figuring out that they must be victorious over relegated Schalke to flee the automated relegation place that they occupied.
The ultimate day was stuffed with drama.
Werder Bremen have been the group that previous to kick-off occupied the relegation play off place, however they misplaced 4-2 at dwelling to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Whereas Werder Bremen have been dealing with defeat to Mönchengladbach, Arminia Bielefeld have been beating Stuttgart, which meant that Köln wouldn’t be capable of escape to security altogether, however they might cling on by their fingertips and earn a shot at redemption by way of the relegation play-off. They simply wanted to beat Schalke.
When Sebastian Andersson poked dwelling Jonas Hector’s free kick within the 71st minute, there was aid for the Köln gamers, nonetheless that was to be quick lived as a result of a VAR test decided there was an offside, and Köln must reset and seek for the winner as soon as extra.
Then within the 86th minute a second likelihood was earned, when Jan Thielmann floated a ball to the again submit for Sebastiaan Bornauw to go dwelling his first objective of the season. It was a objective that saved Köln and relegated Werder Bremen.
The story was not over although, as they nonetheless needed to battle by way of a relegation play-off in opposition to Holstein Kiel.
The primary leg noticed disappointment as they welcomed Holstein Kiel to the RheinEnergieStadion. Köln performed under the extent required and suffered a 1-0 defeat, which means they’d conceded an important away objective. It appeared their last day heroics have been now a distant reminiscence, and they’d be becoming a member of Werder Bremen and Schalke in relegation to the two. Bundesliga.
Köln travelled to the Holstein Stadion the place they knew to claw themselves to security they must win.
The sport bought off to a ferocious begin. Within the 2nd minute Ondrej Duda managed to work some area to ship a cross from the Köln left. The cross was met by a beautiful header from one membership man Jonas Hector. Inside two minutes Köln had restored parity to the tie.
That was to not final lengthy although. Simply over a minute later Holstein Kiel would draw stage on the day and go forward on mixture. Fabian Reese managed to chop the ball again to Finn Porath who fired the ball objective certain, however was thwarted by a sprawling Timo Horn, nonetheless the rebound was headed into the empty web by Jae-sung Lee.
The excessive paced begin to the sport was not but over. Within the 6th minute, one other fantastic supply from the left-hand facet managed to achieve the top of Sebastian Anderrson who gave Ioannis Gelios no likelihood. Köln have been 2-1 up on the day and the rating was 2-2 on mixture, although Köln had the away objective benefit.
There have been nonetheless extra objectives to come back. The Köln left was once more essential within the third objective. A properly labored quick nook was curled proper footed into the field and was met as soon as once more by Andersson. The header was straight at Gelios within the Kiel objective, however he may solely palm it sideways onto Reese who was on the submit and unable to stop the objective.
Kiel would now want two objectives to earn promotion. Within the 39th minute their promotion goals have been shattered, and Köln’s Bundesliga security was all however secured when Rafael Czichos met a knockdown on the sting of the field with a thunderous half volley which rifled into the highest nook. Köln have been successfully secure, with a 4-2 mixture lead at half-time.
The second half was much less eventful, however within the 84th minute Köln positioned the icing on their celebratory cake when Ellyes Skhiri ran onto the ball simply contained in the field and blasted it into the Kiel web to spark wild scenes of celebration and to seal a dramatic escape from relegation.
As soon as the celebrations have settled, Köln should reset and rebuild to keep away from the destiny of final years play-off survivors, Werder Bremen.