TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 1.FC Köln: Volland steps up to grab much-needed late equaliser for hosts

Köln thought the three points were in the bag, however Hoffenheim had other ideas as they showed spirit to equalise late on.

TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 1.FC Köln: Volland steps up to grab much-needed late equaliser for hosts
Kevin Volland (far left) celebrates his late equaliser for the hosts
TSG Hoffenheim
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1.FC Köln
TSG Hoffenheim: Baumann, Strobl, Bičakčić, Kaderábek (Schmid 79'), Toljan, Süle, Rudy, Amiri (Ochs 57'), Kramarić, Volland, Uth (Vargas 57').
1.FC Köln: Horn, Maroh, Hector, Heintz, Lehmann, Risse, Vogt (Hartel 86'), Bittencourt (Olkowski 90'), Gerhardt, Modeste, Zoller (Klünter 76').
SCORE: 0-1, min. 69, Zoller. 1-1, min. 90+1, Volland.
REFEREE: Deniz Aytekin. Booked: Amiri 7', Rudy 39', Zoller 79'.

The last game of match day twenty-eight saw Hoffenheim hosting Köln as they looked to extend their unbeaten run. After Simon Zoller's opener, Kevin Volland scored in injury time to deny Köln all three points.

Hoffenheim have started to finally find their feet in recent weeks and they went into the game on the back of two wins, a win today would've see them leap up the table and out of the relegation zone. The last game of match day twenty-eight saw Hoffenheim hosting Köln and the home side made a late show to secure a point. As for the visitors Köln, they've been inconsistent and went into the game against Hoffenheim looking to bounce back from the defeat to Bayern Munich. The Billy Goats knew that ninth place was up for grabs and only a win would've seen them claim that spot for the week.

Hoffenheim provided the game's first chance, Kevin Volland played the ball into Andrej Kramarić and the Croatian tried his luck from an angle. Timo Horn managed to deny the forward by parrying the ball away, luckily despite the ball landing to Nadiem Amiri, the youngster blazed his chance over. 

Both sides were very wasteful when attacking and both goalkeepers didn't have a lot to do, before the break it looked like Oliver Baumann was going to be called into action as Köln turned on the pressure. However it was the same old story in the first-half as Marcel Risse played the ball to Leonardo Bittencourt and he produced a lovely pass to Anthony Modeste. The French forward was through on-goal and once more it was another chance wasted as he directed his effort wide of the post.

Simon Zoller gave Köln a deserved lead.
Simon Zoller gave Köln a deserved lead.

At the start of the second-half there was a chance for both sides, the first falling to Köln. Zoller broke free and charged into the area and at the last moment Ermin Bičakčić provided an important tackle to stop the opportunity. For Hoffenheim Mark Uth tried his luck from ten yards out but unfortunately for the hosts, it was a comfortable save for Horn.

The home side started to threaten more and more in the second-half, especially as the game passed the hour mark. Volland started to pull the strings and just after the hour mark he came close with a left-footed effort that flew just over. Köln managed to ride the pressure from Hoffenheim and they managed to open the scoring with twenty minutes remaining, the ball was played out wide to Jonas Hector and the fullback whipped in a lovely ball to the free Zoller, who excellently guided the ball into the bottom corner.

Hoffenheim huffed and puffed to find an equaliser but kept falling short, that's until the game entered injury-time. Much to Köln's disappointment they couldn't keep hold their lead, Kramarić dribbled down the left and after cutting inside his shot forced Horn into palming the ball away, unfortunately for the Köln stopper Volland was there to slot the rebound into the net. With the late equaliser, Hoffenheim jumped up two places as Augsburg and Werder Bremen drop down. As for Köln they stay in eleventh place, however only by goal difference as they draw level on points with Hamburg.