Cologne 3-2 Dortmund: The Billy Goats stop Die Borussen

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FC Köln eased past Borussia Dortmund in a 3-2 victory on Saturday at the Rhein Energie Stadion. Cologne were aiming to improve their league standing after a 1-1 draw against Bochum. Dortmund were looking to extend their winning run after a 1-0 victory against Schalke. Cologne are now in 7th place on the table and have 13 points while Dortmund sit in 4th with 15 points after 8 matches.

Dortmund started strong and were rewarded for their efforts, when Julian Brandt gave them the lead, at 31 minutes, ending the first half 1-0.

Cologne fought back, when Florian Kainz found the net, 53 minutes in. Cologne looked to have the match under control when they scored again to grab the advantage, thanks to a goal from Steffen Tigges, at 56 minutes to establish a 2-1. The momentum was again with The Billy Goats, who then scored again courtesy of a goal from Dejan Ljubicic on the 71 minute mark to establish a 3-1 result. Die Borussen in turn, then responded in the 78th minute, grabbing the lead with an effort from Benno Erik Schmitz, leaving the final score at 3-2.

Substitutions for Cologne included Florian Dietz, Sargis Adamyan, Kingsley Schindler, Denis Huseinbasic and Eric Martel for Steffen Tigges, Ondrej Duda, Linton Maina, Florian Kainz and Benno Erik Schmitz, respectively. Dortmund brought on Thorgan Hazard, Youssoufa Moukoko, Emre Can and Tom Rothe, to replace Karim Adeyemi, Salih Ozcan, Donyell Malen and Raphael Guerreiro.

There were bookings for Timo Hubers, Ondrej Duda, Kingsley Schindler and Denis Huseinbasic from Cologne, and Karim Adeyemi, Raphael Guerreiro and Niklas Sule, for Dortmund.

Cologne will next travel to B Mönchengladbach, while Dortmund will face Bayern Munich at home.

Technical card:
FC Köln:Marvin Schwabe, Benno Erik Schmitz (Eric Martel, min.83), Luca Kilian, Timo Hubers, Jonas Hector, Dejan Ljubicic, Ondrej Duda (Sargis Adamyan, min.61), Ellyes Skhiri, Florian Kainz (Denis Huseinbasic, min.70), Steffen Tigges (Florian Dietz, min.61) and Linton Maina (Kingsley Schindler, min.70)
Borussia Dortmund:Alexander Meyer, Thomas Meunier, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule, Raphael Guerreiro (Tom Rothe, min.77), Karim Adeyemi (Thorgan Hazard, min.61), Julian Brandt, Jude Bellingham, Salih Ozcan (Youssoufa Moukoko, min.70), Donyell Malen (Emre Can, min.77) and Anthony Modeste
Stadium:the Rhein Energie Stadion
Goals:Julian Brandt (0-1, min. 31), Florian Kainz (1-1, min. 53), Steffen Tigges (2-1, min. 56), Dejan Ljubicic (3-1, min. 71) and Benno Erik Schmitz (3-2, min. 78)