[Bundesliga] Selke volleyed into the net and Cologne beat newly promoted Darmstadt 1-0 to get out of the bottom position2023-12-03 12:01
The first match of the 13th round of the 2023-2024 Bundesliga season starts with Cologne visiting newly promoted Darmstadt. In the end, Cologne defeated Darmstadt 0-1 away with the only goal scored by 28-year-old forward David Selke in the second half, and successfully escaped from the bottom position of the Bundesliga.
The two teams' offense was slow and nothing accomplished in the first half.
In the 8th minute of the first half, Darmstadt took a free kick, but it was confiscated by Cologne's 28-year-old goalkeeper Marvin Schwab.
Two minutes later, Darmstadt's 27-year-old forward Tim Skalke received a pass from the left side of the penalty area and shot outside the penalty area, but the ball missed the crossbar and failed to score.
Selke helped Cologne take the lead in the second half. Waldschmidt expanded the score but the goal was called off due to offside.
In the 54th minute of the second half, Cologne's 21-year-old midfielder Eric Martel made a mistake in passing the ball from the center line. After being intercepted by Darmstadt, 27-year-old forward Tim Skalke received a through ball from his teammate and attacked the penalty area. Outside, he then passed a defender and lobbed a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but the ball missed the right post and missed the opportunity.
Until the 60th minute, Cologne's 27-year-old substitute forward Luca Waldschmidt took a corner kick on the left, and the defending Darmstadt 26-year-old midfielder Matthias Hunsek stopped the header with a header in the small penalty area. Cross from the visiting team.
However, Hunsek's block resulted in an unexpected own-goal pass to Cologne's 28-year-old forward David Selke who rushed in front of the goal. Selke scored with a volley from close range! Scored an important goal to help Cologne break the deadlock.
Six minutes later, Cologne continued their offensive. 24-year-old midfielder Linton Miner received a pass from forward Selke on the right and then passed from the right edge of the penalty area to forward Waldsch who entered the small penalty area unmarked. Mitt, he immediately pushed a shot from close range in front of the goal and scored another victory for the visiting team!
However, after a VAR review, it was confirmed that Miner was offside, so the goal was ruled invalid.
In the 88th minute, Cologne's 21-year-old midfielder Jan Telvin regained the ball on the right and passed it to forward Waldschmidt. The latter shot with his left foot, but was unexpectedly beaten by Darmstadt. Goalkeeper Shu Heng blocked it.
The final whistle sounded, and Darmstadt lost 0-1 at home to Cologne.
This game was Cologne's second victory this season, after they suffered 8 defeats and 3 draws. Currently tied with Darmstadt on 9 points, Cologne's goal difference is greater than Darmstadt, so they are ranked 15th in the Bundesliga and out of the relegation zone.
Union Berlin, which ranked among the top four in the Bundesliga last season, is ranked at the bottom of the Bundesliga this season, while Mainz 05 is ranked second from the bottom in the Bundesliga standings.
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