Modeste wins Cologne derby draw with Leverkusen – .

Modeste wins Cologne derby draw with Leverkusen – .

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Cologne were on the ropes at RheinEnergie Stadion as Leverkusen led 2-0 in 17 minutes thanks to goals from Patrik Schick and Karim Bellarabi.

Cologne took a step back when Modeste, 33, shot at home without a mark with 62 minutes left.

Modeste then equalized with a header eight minutes from time.

“Many had already written us off. We turned the game around, ”Modeste told DAZN. “It’s our strength this season, it was a good second half on our part. “

The result left Leverkusen fourth in the table, five points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who beat Hoffenheim 4-0 at home on Saturday.

“When you go from 2-0 to a 2-2 draw, it looks like a loss,” Leverkusen captain goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky said.

“We lost our heads in the second half and Cologne rightly came back, but it’s still boring. “

Cologne are eighth after bouncing back from last weekend’s 5-0 hammering at Hoffenheim.

Stuttgart equalizes at the end of the match

Later, Stuttgart at 10 scored a point at home against Union Berlin as Danish substitute Wahid Faghir scored his first league goal in Germany in stoppage time to seal a 1-1 draw.

Stuttgart striker Wahid Faghir celebrates late equalizer Thomas KIENZLE AFP

“It’s great to score my first Bundesliga goal in front of our fans,” Faghir, born in Denmark to Afghan parents, told DAZN.

Union was heading for a victory that would have placed them fourth when Faghir pushed back several defenders to tie in the 93rd minute.

His shot deflected former Stuttgart Union defender Timo Baumgartl and visiting goalkeeper Andreas Luthe.

“It looks like a defeat,” Baumgartl admitted. “We played well and only gave them two chances. “

It was heartbreaking for Union, who had dominated with Nigeria international Taiwo Awoniyi scoring his sixth goal in his last five games.

The former Liverpool forward, who spent 2020/21 on loan at Berlin before being transferred permanently this summer, has now scored 11 goals this season in 15 appearances in all competitions.

With half an hour played, the 24-year-old gave Union the advantage from the edge of the box by converting Sheraldo Becker’s pass after a long period of pressure.

Stuttgart were a man down for the final 33 minutes after defender Atakan Karazor was sent off for two yellow cards in 35 seconds.

Still, Stuttgart equalized when Faghir scored a first Bundesliga goal in his second league appearance.

The result leaves Union fifth and Stuttgart 13th in the standings.

Bochum edged visitors to Eintracht Frankfurt to 14th place in the table after a 2-0 victory.

Bochum striker Danny Blum scored a first goal against his former club, then home keeper Manuel Riemann saved Goncalo Paciencia’s penalty.

Sebastian Polter scored a second goal in the 91st minute as Bochum claimed a second consecutive victory after being bottom of the Greuther Fuerth ladder last weekend.


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