Hertha 2-0 Cologne: Good start helps The Old Lady to comfortable home win

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FC Köln fell to an away defeat at the hands of Hertha at the Olympiastadion. Both sides came from defeats in their previous league games. Hertha were looking to get back to winning ways after losing 2-1 to Stuttgart in their previous fixture while Cologne were beaten 2-1 in their previous match against Bayer Leverkusen. Hertha and Cologne currently occupy 15th and 13th spots in the table, with 14 points and 17 points respectively after 15 matches.

It was an impressive opening from Hertha, when Wilfried Kanga found the net, 9 minutes in, saw the first half 1-0.

The Old Lady started the second half with renewed vigour, when Marco Richter found the net on the 54 minute mark. The match ended with a 2-0 home victory.

Substitutions for Hertha included Maximilian Mittelstadt, Chidera Ejuke, Suat Serdar, Davie Selke and Kevin-Prince Boateng for Marvin Plattenhardt, Dodi Lukebakio, Jean-Paul Boetius, Wilfried Kanga and Marco Richter, respectively. Cologne brought on Kingsley Schindler, Jan Thielmann, Denis Huseinbasic and Steffen Tigges, to replace Benno Erik Schmitz, Sargis Adamyan, Ondrej Duda and Eric Martel.

There were bookings for Marc Kempf, Agustin Rogel and Dodi Lukebakio from Hertha, and Ellyes Skhiri, for Cologne.

Hertha will next play Bochum away, with Cologne facing Werder Bremen at home.

Technical card:
Hertha:Oliver Christensen, Jonjoe Kenny, Marc Kempf, Agustin Rogel, Marvin Plattenhardt (Maximilian Mittelstadt, min.24), Marco Richter (Kevin-Prince Boateng, min.84), Lucas Tousart, Ivan Sunjic, Jean-Paul Boetius (Suat Serdar, min.84), Dodi Lukebakio (Chidera Ejuke, min.69) and Wilfried Kanga (Davie Selke, min.84)
FC Köln:Marvin Schwabe, Benno Erik Schmitz (Kingsley Schindler, min.51), Luca Kilian, Timo Hubers, Jonas Hector, Linton Maina, Ondrej Duda (Denis Huseinbasic, min.56), Ellyes Skhiri, Eric Martel (Steffen Tigges, min.70), Florian Kainz and Sargis Adamyan (Jan Thielmann, min.56)
Stadium:the Olympiastadion
Goals:Wilfried Kanga (1-0, min. 9) and Marco Richter (2-0, min. 54)