Wolfsburg 2-4 Cologne: The Billy Goats win six-goal thriller

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FC Köln’s 4-2 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday, was hard fought at the Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg were looking to get back to winning ways after losing their last match 2-0 to RB Leipzig. Cologne had managed to pick up a point in their matchup with Stuttgart. Wolfsburg and Cologne are 16th, (2 points) and 5th, (9 points), in the league respectively, after 5 matches.

The Wolves dominated the first half, with an early goal from Lukas Nmecha in the 2nd minute. However, the good fortune didn’t last for long. An equalizer from Dejan Ljubicic, at 22 minutes brought Cologne level. The Billy Goats looked to have the match under control when they scored again to grab the advantage, thanks to a goal from Paulo Otavio, 31 minutes in to establish a 2-1. However they weren’t finished yet and Florian Kainz made it 3-1 just before half-time to see out the first half 3-1.

Wolfsburg took the lead in the second half, when Lukas Nmecha found the net once more in the 79th minute. In the end though, Cologne increased their lead via a Sargis Adamyan goal, at 81 minutes, which sealed the victory for the visitors.

Substitutions for Wolfsburg included Omar Marmoush, Kevin Paredes, Jakub Kaminski, Felix Nmecha and Mattias Svanberg for Sebastiaan Bornauw, Luca Waldschmidt, Paulo Otavio, Bartol Franjic and Maximilian Arnold, respectively. Cologne brought on Linton Maina, Sargis Adamyan, Tim Lemperle, Eric Martel and Denis Huseinbasic, to replace Ondrej Duda, Jan Thielmann, Steffen Tigges, Dejan Ljubicic and Florian Kainz.

There were bookings for Micky Van de Ven and Omar Marmoush from Wolfsburg, and Ondrej Duda, for Cologne.

Wolfsburg will next travel to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Cologne will face Union Berlin at home.

Technical card:
Wolfsburg:Koen Casteels, Ridle Baku, Micky Van de Ven, Sebastiaan Bornauw (Omar Marmoush, min.46), Paulo Otavio (Jakub Kaminski, min.74), Luca Waldschmidt (Kevin Paredes, min.61), Josuha Guilavogui, Maximilian Arnold (Mattias Svanberg, min.75), Bartol Franjic (Felix Nmecha, min.75), Max Kruse and Lukas Nmecha
FC Köln:Marvin Schwabe, Kingsley Schindler, Timo Hubers, Luca Kilian, Jonas Hector, Jan Thielmann (Sargis Adamyan, min.65), Ondrej Duda (Linton Maina, min.65), Dejan Ljubicic (Eric Martel, min.88), Ellyes Skhiri, Florian Kainz (Denis Huseinbasic, min.88) and Steffen Tigges (Tim Lemperle, min.81)
Stadium:the Volkswagen Arena
Goals:Lukas Nmecha (1-0, min. 2), Dejan Ljubicic (1-1, min. 22), Paulo Otavio (1-2, min. 31), Florian Kainz (1-3, min. 45), Lukas Nmecha (2-3, min. 79) and Sargis Adamyan (2-4, min. 81)