Defender Frederick Sørensen plays for Cologne, one of the most effective and best back lines in the Bundesliga this season. The Danish learnt the art of defending during a 5-year stint in Italy at Juventus, Bologna and Verona.
Borussia Mönchengladbach scored 11 goals as they beat Hastedt. Elsewhere, RB Leipzig came from behind to avoid a shock at fourth tier Viktoria Cologne, while FC Cologne hit nine past BFC Dynamo in Berlin.
The scene was set for Cologne and Claudio Pizarro to instigate the start of a miraculous great escape. It was not to be, however, and now Cologne’s Bundesliga status looks as good as over, writes DW's Janek Speight.
If nothing else, Cologne Football Club tends to offer supporters a wild ride. The season that began with joy at their overdue return to Europe has ended in shock relegation. But players and fans are rallying regardless.
A spirited performance in Gelsenkirchen proved to be the final outing for Peter Stöger as Cologne's head coach. The Bundesliga's bottom club have confirmed he has left.
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