TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 1.FC Köln: Volland steps up to grab a late equaliser for Hoffenheim.

Kevin Volland strikes late for Hoffenheim.

Kevin Volland strikes late for Hoffenheim.

The last game of match day twenty-eight saw Hoffenheim hosting Köln as they looked to extend their unbeaten run. After Simon Zoller’s opener Kevin Volland scored in injury time to deny Köln all three points.

Hoffenheim have started to finally find their feet in recent weeks and they went into the game on the back of two wins, a win today would see them leap up the table and out of the relegation zone.The last game of match day twenty-eight saw Hoffenheim hosting Köln and the home side made a late show to secure a point.

As for the visitors Köln they’ve been inconsistent and they went into the game against Hoffenheim looking to bounce back from the defeat to Bayern Munich. The Billy Goats knew that ninth place was up for grabs and only a win will see them claim that spot for the week.

Hoffenheim provided the games first chance, Kevin Volland played the ball into Andrej Kramarić and the Croatian tried his luck from an angle. Timo Horn managed to deny the forward by parrying the ball away, luckily despite the ball landing to Nadiem Amiri the youngster blazed his chance over.

Both sides were very wasteful when attacking and both keepers didn’t have a lot to do, before the break it looked like Oliver Baumann was going to be called into action as Köln turned on the pressure. However it was the same old story in the first half as Marcel Risse played the ball to Leonardo Bittencourt and he produced a lovely pass to Anthony Modeste. The French forward was through on goal and once more it was another chance wasted as he directed his effort wide of the post.

Simon Zoller gave Köln a deserved lead.

Simon Zoller gave Köln a deserved lead.

At the start of the second half there was a chance for both sides, the first falling to Köln. Zoller broke free and charged into the area and at the last moment Ermin Bičakčić provided the tackle to stop the opportunity. For Hoffenheim Mark Uth tried his luck form an angle ten yards out and sadly for the home side it was a comfortable save for Horn.

The home side started to threaten more and more in the second half especially as the game passed the hour mark. Volland started to pull the strings and just after the hour mark he came close with a left-footed effort that flew just over.

Köln managed to ride the pressure from Hoffenheim and they managed to open the scoring with twenty minutes remaining, the ball was played out wide to Jonas Hector and the fullback whipped in a lovely ball to the free Zoller, who excellently guided the ball into the bottom corner.

Hoffenheim huffed and puffed to find an equaliser but kept falling short, that’s until the game entered injury time. Much to Köln’s disappointment they couldn’t keep hold their lead, Kramarić dribbled down the left and after cutting inside his shot forced Horn into palming the ball away, unfortunately for the Köln keeper Volland was there to slot the rebound into the net.

With the late equaliser Hoffenheim jumped up two places as Augsburg and Werder Bremen drop down. As for Köln they stay in eleventh place, however only by goal difference as they draw level on points with Hamburg.


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