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Wirtz stretchered off with knee injury as Leverkusen lose to Köln

By Rune Gjerulff

Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz was forced off with a potential serious knee injury in Sunday's 0-1 defeat against FC Köln.

Florian Wirtz.
Florian Wirtz.

Florian Wirtz came off with what looked like a serious knee injury as Bayer Leverkusen lost 0-1 against FC Köln at BayArena in the Bundesliga today.

The 18-year-old went down in pain midway through the first half after being tackled by Luca Kilian and looked distraught as he was carried off the pitch.

At that point, Leverkusen had already been forced to take off Jeremie Frimpong, who was unable to continue after a challenge from Florian Kainz in the opening stage of the game, and to make things even worse for the home side, Odilon Kossounou had to come off at half-time due to muscular problems.

Following a goalless first half with chances at both ends, Kingsley Schindler got the winner for Köln in the 67th minute, just three minutes after coming on. Dejan Ljubicic did well to keep the ball in play before sending in a cross to Schindler, who scored with a volley at the back post.

At the other end of the pitch, second-half substitute Sardar Azmoun squandered a glorious opportunity for Leverkusen 10 minutes later as he failed to connect properly from close range.

With their win, Köln move past Union Berlin into seventh place. Leverkusen are third, five points behind second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have two games in hand.

1L. Hradecky (C)
30J. Frimpong ↪13
6K. Odilon ↪46
4J. Tah
33P. Hincapié
25E. Palacios ↪64
10K. Demirbay
19M. Diaby
27F. Wirtz ↪28
7Paulinho ↪64
13L. Alario
21L. Grill
36N. Lomb
9S. Azmoun ↩64
31A. Adli ↩28
5M. Bakker
12E. Tapsoba ↩46
22D. Sinkgraven
24T. Fosu-Mensah ↩13
20C. Aránguiz ↩64
FC Köln
20M. Schwäbe
2B. Schmitz
15L. Kilian
4T. Hübers
14J. Hector (C)
28E. Skhiri ↪64
6S. Özcan
18O. Duda ↪64
11F. Kainz ↪88
9S. Andersson ↪76
27A. Modeste
1T. Horn
19K. Ehizibue
23J. Horn
24J. Chabot
7D. Ljubicic ↩64
17K. Schindler ↩64
21L. Schaub
25T. Lemperle ↩88
29J. Thielmann ↩76

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