Match report: Koln 2-4 RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig ran out 4-2 winners over FC Koln in a thrilling Monday night encounter at the Rhein Energie Stadion to move back into third place.

The home side took the lead on seven minutes when Jhon Cordoba powered home from close range after the ball came back off the post.

Cordoba was off the field ready to be substituted with an apparent knee injury when RB Leipzig equalised through a close range header from Patrik Schick on 20 minutes. The Czech striker would waste numerous other headed chances before departing the field midway through the second half.

In an end-to-end game Christopher Nkunku gave RB Leipzig their first lead seven minutes before half-time finishing a well-worked move by chipping the ball over an on rushing Timo Horn.

RB Leipzig were well on their way to victory five minutes into the second half when Timo Werner raced away on the counter-attack after being released by Peter Gulasci. and never looked like missing his one-on-one opportunity. It was the 24-year-old’s 25th goal of the Bundesliga campaign.

However, Anthony Modeste, who had replaced Cordoda in the first half, produced a phenomenal 30-yard strike into the corner of Peter Gulacsi’s goal to restore the deficit to 2-3. The South African forward was later awarded a penalty but was overturned by VAR after replays showed Lukas Klostermann clearly won the ball.

Dani Olmo made it 4-2 just minutes after Modeste had reduced the deficit, finishing off a nice move from 18 yards. The Spaniard later fired into the side netting from a well-worked move, teed up by Nkunku’s unselfish backheel.

There was still plenty of time for more opportunities and one has to wonder how it was only 4-2 in the end. Timo Werner saw a couple of efforts saved whilst teammates fired narrowly wide and over in the final half hour.

All of RB Leipzig’s attacking players had a good game this evening, including left-back Angelino, who played more of a left wing role at times. The Spaniard provided the assist for their opening goal.