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Friday’s Bundesliga Review: Dortmund Steal Winner In Koln

Kuba (Jakub Blaszjkfbslgrsgkfelabfe) ....... Sorry, I Got Frustrated Trying To Spell It!

Borussia Dortmund go top, at least until Saturday, after a hard fought and well deserved three points at Koln. Pacey winger Kuba, who I have come to love to watch, tapped in at the far-post after a wicked cross from Shinji Kagawa to give Dortmund the lead after 20 minutes. After that, both sides had a multitude of clear-cut goalscoring chances but failed to put any away. Finally, though, with just eight minutes left on the clock, Lukas Podolski smashed home on his rocket launcher of a left foot to put Koln back on level terms. Just as soon as the Koln faithful began to rejoice at the thought of a point against a side as strong as Borussia Dortmund, a little bit of a rivalry emerged.

Lukas Podolski and Nuri Sahin got into it around the center-circle, which ended in a booking for both parties. Now in stoppage time, the game was definitely poised on a knife-edge. Dortmund continued to get the ball up the field and search for a late winner, but Lucas Barrios and Shinji Kagawa were both withdrawn before Podolski’s late equalizer. Dortmund had less resources and less time, but vengeance, as they say, is a dish best served cold.

Dortmund played the ball around the Koln eighteen-yard area, and nearly every player on the pitch was crammed into the Koln box. Kuba, who scored Dortmund’s opener, hit a low ball across the 12-yard box and it was Nuri Sahin who was on hand to smash it past young goalkeeper Miro Varvodic to seal a last-gasp winner for Jurgen Klopp’s table-topping men. Nuri Sahin sprinted the full length of the pitch over to where Podolski was standing, and slid past him on his knees, all the while wagging a ‘how do you like me now?’ finger in the air. They did it the hard way, but they got it done. The stuff of champions, no?

Koln’s table position, 16th with a game in hand, suggests some pretty poor football. Really, though, it’s been the other way around. Koln played very strongly today and probably did deserve more than a late kick in the teeth that would condemn them to the relegation zone. The problem is, their only flashes of attacking flair or threat in front of goal is Lukas Podolski. He can’t be expected to do it all on his own. When Soldo has a striker as hardy and as experienced as Milivoje Novakovic on the bench and doesn’t bring him on until the 78th minute to look for a winner, it suggests a real lack of ambition to me. If Koln can’t get results by defending deep and trying to be cautious, then why not throw caution to the wind and play enterprising football?

Next weekend, Dortmund host Hoffenheim, while Koln travel to high-flying Hannover.

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  1. Diriye

    October 23, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Wow, Sven Bender is becoming the rock in Dortmund’s midfield. For the last five games when he was co-anchoring the midfield Dortmund only conceded one goal. Against Koln when Podolski scored he was on the sidelines getting treatment. Last night when PSG scored he was already on the bench subed by Goetz which I thought was a bad substitution. Kuba should have been taken off. Dortmund’s midfield didn’t look solid at all when Bender was on the bench.

    I think Kehl will have a difficult time coming back to the line up. Last night’s sub only brought the point home. Bender is becoming one of the most influential midfielder in Bundesliga.

  2. Diriye

    October 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    This is what I was refering to. DFB’s reaction.

    German Football Federation (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger was irritated by the visit which he felt was exploited by Merkel for political gains.

    The Chancellor’s Office would not confirm on Wednesday whether Merkel had apologised, but said she had acted to ‘clear the air’.

    “The events after the game were certainly not ideal, but in a telephone conversation with the Home Secretary and the Chancellor the day after the game we were able to sort the matter out,” Zwanziger told SID, an AFP subsidiary.

    “The matter is now resolved as the Chancellor and I have great trust in each other.”

    Zwanziger was irritated after Merkel visited the national side unannounced and was photographed chatting with goal-scorer Ozil while he was getting changed.

    Images of the meeting were reluctantly released to the media by national coach Joachim Loew, but Zwanziger has said integration issues in football should not be exploited by politicians.

  3. David H

    October 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Whatever gamble Podolski took, it didn’t pay off. I’m almost OK with stirring up controversy, though. We don’t want the league turning into an exciting competition among a bunch of bland, faceless yet hard-working teams, which some (who don’t fancy the Bundesliga) have accused it of being in the past. Not that I think it’s anything like the case, but hey, a few hurt feelings here & there will make things interesting later on. Maybe.

  4. Diriye

    October 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Good game. I thought Podol­ski was trying to get Nuri’s head with the tackle and 3-0 gesture. Overall I thought it was tasteless particularly coming from Podolski. This is Bundesliga match and we are in the middle of the best season in recent memory he brings national scoreline into club competition.

    Only football

    I also think Joachim Loew’s wonderful team should keep their distance from the politicians and their integration BS.

  5. anon

    October 17, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Well said. Agree about Soldo, he should really be managing his team better. They need to play more attacking football. They came out with a fight in this game and almost came away with the win. Can understand why Podolski spoke out, must be incredibly frustrating for him to see it being managed the way it is.

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