Top stuff from the home side. Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick and Leroy Sané dazzled on debut in an 8-0 win for the champions on gala night, Last modified on Tue 22 Sep 2020 09.22 BST. The visitors need to change something if they're to find a way back and head coach Wagner has opted to bring on Burgstaller up front, replacing Gregoritsch. Cologne 3-0 SchalkeGoals: 1-0 Bornauw (9'), 2-0 Cordoba (40'), 3-0 Kainz (75'). riday night. They haven’t been as bad as the results suggest. Rummenigge’s image of the pair’s tearful car-park farewell, as recounted on Sky 90 on Sunday (“It is a big loss that he leaves us,” said the chief executive. Cologne moved eight points clear of the relegation zone after Jhon Cordoba's 10th goal of the season helped the Billy Goats to a deserved 3-0 win over Schalke. Michael Gregoritsch returns to the starting XI having been on the bench last week, joining Benito Raman up front. The dizzying combinations between Serge Gnabry, the scorer of a hat-trick, and Leroy Sané, a rare elite European footballer to have enjoyed a full pre-season, were electrifying. Cologne struggle to get breathing room for a few moments but when a long ball is punted upfield, Cordoba does brilliantly to shield it from Todibo, holding up the play until his teammates join him. Kainz, who hit a brace in the 5-0 thrashing of Hertha last week, lines up a free-kick about 30 yards from goal, slightly to the left of centre. pic.twitter.com/jZjq80pZdG. It was, to paraphrase Jay-Z, using a sledgehammer to kill ants. Watch: Sebastiaan Bornauw reflects on "a great win for the fans", Cologne: Horn – Ehizibue, Bornauw, Leistner, Schmitz – Skhiri, Hector (c) – Kainz (Thielmann 85'), Rexhbecaj, Jakobs (Drexler 76') – Cordoba (Modeste 78')Unused subs: Krahl, Höger, Risse, Terodde, Schindler, MereOut: Czichos (neck), Katterbach (ankle), Kessler (calf), Uth (loan agreement)Coach: Markus Gisdol, Schalke: Nübel – Kenny, Kabak (Todibo 29'), Nastasic, Oczipka (c) – McKennie, Boujellab (Kutucu 74'), Schöpf – Harit – Gregoritsch (Burgstaller 59'), RamanUnused subs: Schubert, Matondo, Becker, MercanOut: Caligiuri (knee), Sane (knee), Stambouli (metatarsal), Mascarell (groin), Serdar (broken toe), Miranda (calf)Coach: David Wagner. The last four Bundesliga meetings between these two have all ended in draws: 1-1, 2-2, 2-2 and 1-1 again. With his 10th of the season, Cordoba now has as many goals in 2019/20 as he managed in his first three campaigns combined. • Gladbach, only just easing back Marcus Thuram and Alessane Pléa, looked undercooked. We're into stoppage time now. Bayern Munich 8-0 Schalke, Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen 1-4 Hertha Berlin, Stuttgart 2-3 Freiburg, Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Armini Bielefeld, Cologne … Benjamin Stambouli called the result “unacceptable” but some will question whether his pain was shared by returning loanees such as Sebastian Rudy, Mark Uth and Ralf Fährmann, previously unwanted but with nowhere to go. Schalke 1-1 Cologne Goals: 1-0 Serdar (72'), 1-1 Hector (90'+1). Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Schalke via Cologne, Leverkusen, Göttingen, and Clausthal-Zellerfeld in … Instead it was a silent symphony, as they chased down their vulnerable visitors “mercilessly” as Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Tim Brack put it. A Schalke that didn’t help themselves, a Schalke caught between an ambitious past and pared-back present, who insisted on playing a high line against Sané and Gnabry in making a token effort to chase a game that was already long gone. Will there be a late twist before the break? Gala night for the champions. Hector thinks he's given the hosts the lead with a lovely, curling shot with his weaker right foot from the edge of the area. You can take a train from Cologne to Schalke via Hannover Hbf and Goslar in around 4h 49m. Schalke are trying their best to gain a foothold in the match, but Cologne are not budging an inch. Il Maestro: Andrea Pirlo delivers first lesson of thesis at Juventus | Nicky Bandini, European roundup: Real Madrid held goalless by Real Sociedad. He plays it to the right and Kainz spies Rexhbecaj charging in at the back post, but Cordoba gets in the youngster's way a bit and his header isn't as clean as it could be, allowing Nübel to save. The Colombian has scored six of his goals in 2020. The Cologne striker has his name taken by referee Manuel Gräfe for protesting a decision. Then there was the football. Gio Reyna's first Bundesliga goal. “You can see that Cologne have got a good team out on the pitch,” he said at his pre-match media briefing. Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report. With their tails up after last weekend's 5-0 drubbing of Hertha Berlin, Cologne flew out of the traps as Florian Kainz flashed an early effort wide. His head is covered in a white bandage after an aerial clash with a teammate a few moments ago. His hat-trick for Hoffenheim at Köln, sealed with a late winner after the home side had fought their way back into the game, means that after his extraordinary performance on the final day of last season at Dortmund he now has seven goals in his last two Bundesliga games. It's his fifth booking of the campaign and he'll be suspended next week. Kainz with a beautiful free-kick from wide on the left that Bornauw glances inside the far post. Elvis Rexhbecaj tested Nübel, but the Schalke keeper could do nothing to deny Cordoba as Schalke were caught cold on the counter late in the half. It was “very sobering” for the Weserstadion, in the words of Frank Baumann, and for the first time there’s the sense there might be a fracture between the sporting director and coach Florian Kohfeldt, who he has staunchly backed. Cologne, West Germany: ... Schalke announced that Höger signed a two-year professional contract extension to 30 June 2016. You get the sense a third Cologne goal would finish this game off for good. The Rekordmeister has been here so many times that you could forgive it being cruised through on autopilot, as the board did when they and their guests from Gelsenkirchen sat in the directors box without social distancing or masks, earning the club a ticking off from Bavaria’s minister of health, Melanie Huml. Cologne lacked the cut and thrust of the first half for large periods, though goalkeeper Timo Horn remained largely untested. and the winning rate is 50%. Harit slings a cross from left to right to the back post, where three Schalke players are waiting for it. They're like-for-like substitutions, with Drexler coming on in attacking midfield for Jakobs and Modeste - who is likely to replace the suspended Cordoba next week - going up front. The guard is changing – we always knew Dortmund can counter, but now they don’t need Marco Reus to execute it to perfection. It's a long way back for Schalke now. Schalke 04 VS Viktoria koln will start on . Following Schalke 04's 2–0 defeat to rivals 1. However, the referee's assistant instantly raises his flag and rules it out, as Kainz had strayed into an offside position and was blocking the goalkeeper's view. Suivez le match Schalke 04 - Cologne en direct LIVE ! Viktoria koln got 8 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in the past 16 games. It might have been three at the break but for Nübel's heroics to once again foil Rexhbecaj. There's the change, with on-loan Barcelona defender Jean-Claire Todibo coming on as a like-for-like Kabak replacement in central defence. “You can’t expect to go on to the pitch [after that] with absolute conviction from the first game,” he said. Horn – Ehizibue, Bornauw, Leistner, Schmitz – Skhiri, Hector (c) – Kainz, Rexhbecaj, Jakobs – Cordoba, Krahl, Höger, Risse, Terodde, Schindler, Mere, Drexler, Modeste, Thielmann, Nübel – Kenny, Kabak, Nastasic, Oczipka – McKennie, Boujellabb, Schöpf – Harit – Gregoritsch, Raman, Schubert, Matondo, Kutucu, Burgstaller, Todibo, Becker, Mercan, Cologne head coach Markus Gisdol is taking nothing for granted, despite the visitors’ recent run: “I don’t want to be deceived by Schalke’s recent results. Oliver Kahn, who will be running the show shortly, warned ZDF after the game that “we no longer live in the same football world as before Corona” in tempering Alaba’s wage expectations. First there was the emptiness of a stadium with an atmosphere which has been an underrated element of Bayern’s rise. Schalke are trying their best to gain a foothold in the match, but Cologne are not budging an inch. “Anybody who expected Bayern in energy-saving mode were shown that they should have known better.” They looked “as if they had a two-month training camp with Felix Magath behind them”. What of David Wagner and Schalke, though? Bornauw's goal was the 11th header Cologne have scored this season - more than any other team. Cordoba plays the ball out to Kainz on the right, who slides it forward to Rexhbecaj. The Colombian forward goes from villain to hero within the space of seconds as he finishes off a brilliant counter-attack with his 10th goal of the season. Opening night. Summary. Schalke are starting to up the pressure now but they up against what is a back five when Cologne are out of possession. Another Schalke move breaks down and Cologne immediately get forward. Yet if it was so familiar for Bayern Munich, it was alien too. Augsburg and Cologne draw after late drama; Everton loanee Kenny scores for Schalke in 1-1 draw at Union Berlin; Werder Bremen 0-1 Wolfsburg - hosts suffer survival blow We round off the Saturday action with two teams with contrasting objectives: Cologne are eager to keep pulling away from the relegation zone, while Schalke are out to cement their place in the top six. Cordoba and Kainz scored two a piece against Hertha a week ago. The inevitable Erling Haaland scored twice after the break, with the second a counter-attacking masterclass devised with Jadon Sancho, though Mats Hummels struck a rare blow for the older gentleman in insisting with a grin that his flicked header to set Sancho free deserved acknowledgement. The Cologne centre-back now has five Bundesliga goals this season, making him the team's second-highest scorer after Cordoba, who has nine. He strides forward and lines up a shot from 30 yards, but it's always rising and sails over the bar. Check back here for full information on the match. It was very nicely worked from the hosts until then, though. He is suffering with a groin strain, while Suat Serdar is also sidelined with a broken toe, meaning Nassim Boujellab starts for the first time in 2019/20. The visitors don't seem to have an answer to it at present, and are losing possession almost as soon as they get it. A rabona assist from Lewandowski Phonzie just has to stand up on the bench and applaud it pic.twitter.com/8V9NNicHcI. Schalke have not won since Matchday 18 (six matches). It should be a cracker, so stay with us for all the build-up and live coverage! Bornaauw is Cologne's next-best scorer, and second highest scoring defender in the league after Eintracht Frankfurt's Martin Hinteregger. • The promoted sides looked poles apart, too. Kabak looks like he'll need to be substituted off after appearing to hurt his back following an aerial challenge with Cordoba, during which he fell awkwardly. Treble winners Bayern Munich crushed Schalke 04 8-0 with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry and a superb debut from Leroy Sane on Friday. Home coach Markus Gisdol reacts to that third goal by making two substitutions in quick succession. They've struggled for goals this year and have only scored once in February. FC Cologne (1. Gala night for the champions. Cologne succeeded in keeping the Royal Blues at arm's length for the remainder, crossing the line with an eighth win in 12 league matches under Markus Gisdol to their name. Already, Wagner is playing for high stakes against Werder Bremen – the prime TV slot next Saturday evening – with little room for manoeuvre. It flies wide of the target, but it's the first time in a long while that Schalke have mustered an effort on goal. Cologne's next effort did stand, though, as Sebastiaan Bornauw glanced in Kainz's inch-perfect free-kick for 1-0. Friday night. The scoreline was not pretty for Schalke, who face Werder Bremen in the prime TV slot next Saturday. Yes for Both Teams to Score, with a percentage of 62%. The two defeats have come against Dortmund and Bayern, while they have recorded impressive wins over Bremen (1-0), Freiburg (4-0) and most recently a 5-0 thumping away to Hertha Berlin last week. They thoroughly deserve it too, ruthlessly finishing their chances and looking solid at the back. “It surprised me a bit,” said Kohfeldt after a strong pre-season, but Baumann underlined that the struggles of last season are still raw. 1. They've taken their goals well and could even have had a couple more, while limiting Schalke to one or two half-chances at best. • Andrej Kramaric is full of beans, however. Bornauw himself has found the target with three headers. Cologne's form stands in stark contrast to that of Schalke, who are without a victory in their last five Bundesliga games, and have only won once in 2020 - back on Matchday 18. With local authorities wary of rising infection rates, the late decision was made to close Allianz Arena to spectators, after the hope that a limited number would be allowed elsewhere in the Bundesliga. The Schalke winger dribbles past two defenders on the left and cuts the ball back to Oczipka. Cologne 3-0 Schalke Goals: 1-0 Bornauw (9'), 2-0 Cordoba (40'), 3-0 Kainz (75'). The visitors are throwing caution to the wind now as they take off a midfielder in Boujellab and replace him with a striker in Kutucu. Get your front row seat to the Bundesliga experience by signing up for our official newsletter: Cordoba is enjoying his most prolific top-flight season to date with 10 goals. They're now eight points clear of the relegation zone. Yet if it was so familiar for. C'est FC Schalke 04 (FC Schalke 04) qui recoit 1. Schalke's Nassim Boujellab made his full Bundesliga debut. A speculative effort from USA international Weston McKennie was as close as the Royal Blues came to getting on the scoresheet, but any hopes they had of mounting a comeback were dashed with 15 minutes of normal time remaining. All the news and updates on your favourite club, Straight from the Bundesliga’s official editorial team. They’re a club with European ambitions, but we have a few ideas how we can hurt them.”, Schalke may have been off colour recently, but head coach David Wagner is still aiming for a win today.