Freiburg - FC Köln

Germany: Bundesliga
Freiburg R. Czichos (89)
Schwarzwald-Stadion1-1
FC Köln A. Modeste (34), F. Kainz (74)
Lineup

Baumgart supportive of Czichos after own-goal: "I don't see a mistake there."

By Peter Vice

In his post match interview, Köln trainer Steffen Baumgart chalked up the late-own goal that prevented his team from leaving Breisgau with all three points to simple bad luck.

Most all of the Domstädter struck a positive tone when reflecting upon their performance. 

Steffen Baumgart.
Steffen Baumgart.

After having conceded five goals to Freiburg during last year's relegation-scare campaign, the 1. FC Köln players found themselves in no mood to let their heads hang low after a 1-1 draw at the Schwarzwaldstadion.


"A point is a point," defender Jore Meré remarked afterwards, "It was a good game against a very good opponent. It's always good to pocket a point in such a case. It's a pity we didn't win, but we'll head back to Köln with our heads held high."

Midfielder Dejan Ljubicic concurred.

"We didn't lose and that was important," the new Austrian arrival who surprised many by committing to die embattled Geißböcke last spring remarked, "It's a shame that we didn't take all three points today, but Freiburg didn't play bad football in the second half and in the end it's a deserved draw."

Both head-coach Steffen Baumgart and captain Jonas Hector conveyed only minor criticisms of the team afterward. Moreover, they echoed one another by saying that they were "going home satisfied".

When it came to Rafael Czichos' own-goal in the 89th, Baumgart remained supportive of his central defender.

"I don't see any mistake there," Baumgart said of the play, "He tries to block the ball and it goes in up top. If we were to label this a mistake, I'd find it a bit harsh."


Freiburg
(4-4-2)
26Mark Flekken
17Lukas Kübler ↩87
3Philipp Lienhart
4Nico Schlotterbeck
30Christian Günter (C)
22Roland Sallai ↩72
14Yannik Keitel
8Maximilian Eggestein ↩46
32Vincenzo Grifo
9Lucas Höler ↩82
29Jeong Woo-Yeong ↩72
Bench
1Benjamin Uphoff
11Ermedin Demirović ↪82
18Nils Petersen ↪72
20Kevin Schade ↪72
33Noah Weißhaupt ↪87
5Manuel Gulde
23Dominique Heintz
31Keven Schlotterbeck
19Janik Haberer ↪46
FC Köln
(4-1-3-2)
1Timo Horn
2Benno Schmitz
22Jorge Meré
5Rafael Czichos
14Jonas Hector (C)
7Dejan Ljubicic ↩82
6Salih Özcan ↩69
13Mark Uth ↩62
11Florian Kainz
9Sebastian Andersson ↩82
27Anthony Modeste ↩69
Bench
20Marvin Schwäbe
15Luca Kilian
19Kingsley Ehizibue
17Kingsley Schindler
18Ondrej Duda ↪69
21Louis Schaub ↪82
25Tim Lemperle ↪69
28Ellyes Skhiri ↪62
31Tomáš Ostrák ↪82

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