Because Anthony Modeste scored just before the end for his late father, 1. FC Köln finished eighth in the first half of the season. Stuttgart slips into the evacuation area.
Anthony Modeste looked at the sky with wet eyes, then he fell into the hands of coach Stephen Palmcord.
“Exactly three years ago today I lost my dad. I think he was supportive of me during this campaign,” he said. Stuttgart DAZN. The striker then took his children by the hand and walked into a respectful lap.
Modesto scored the eleventh goal of the season in the 88th minute and was headed for the eighth time. Five days ago he scored the winning goal in the 89th minute 3-2 in Wolfsburg. Not only that: with his 55th goal for the FC he is now on par with Lucas Podolski, who was born in the original Cologne.
“It was a little emotional for me today,” Modesto said and thanked coach Pamcord for putting his trust in him again at the start of the season. “We were honest with each other. It was great for me. Now we can enjoy Christmas – I think we deserve it,” Modeste said.
VfB Keeper Mல்லller: “Bad game created”
The Cologne team, almost outscored from the previous season, scored 25 points after 17 match days, mainly thanks to Modestack, and at Christmas they had a solid eight-point gap in the exit zone. The Swabians (17) are 16th in the rankings. “Our defeat deserved it. We played a very bad and bad game,” said goalkeeper Florian Mல்லller.
Both teams relied on their tried and tested game from the start and tried to win the ball in the opposite half so things went back and forth quickly. Modeste scored in the third minute – but Florian Keynes had previously played the ball with his hand.
With 15,000 fans cheering again in the tenth minute, Louis Shop scored brilliantly from an extreme angle. This time the video assistant recognized the offsite status.
Baumgart praises Modeste: “Specific quality”
The picture did not change after the break. Stuttgart initially looked a bit strong, with Palmcord taking the mark and strengthening his attack, with the result that FC were overweight again – but that was it: no chances to score.
VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo wished him success. The Cologne team is now close to the goal, with Modeste scoring twice (58./73.) Very accurately.
Shortly before the final, substitute Kevin Schindler did some preparatory work and he did it even better. “Tony does, Tony does,” Pamcord praised: “To get the title right, you have to have a certain quality.”
1. FC Cologne – VfB Stuttgart: Rows
- Cologne: Schwabe – Schmidts, Hubers, Sikos (86th Killion), Hector – Salih Oskan – Keynes (71st Schindler), Duda (57th Ud), Shop (56th John Horn) – Anderson (57th Thilman), Modeste. – Coach: Palmcord
- Stuttgart: Florian Müller – Mavropanos, Anton, Ito – Endo, Mangala – Führich (79. Stenzel), Coulibaly (89. Faghir) – Förster (72. Nartey), Klimowicz (72. Tibidi) – Marmoush (71. Katompa Mvumpa). – Coach: Matarazzo
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