1. FC Koln only hit the target three times but scored with every single shot as they claimed a 3-0 win against Freiburg at RheinEnergieStadion, despite the visitors dominating almost the entire match.
- Koln 3 Freiburg 0
- Freiburg wasteful in front of goal
- Modeste bags a brace
- Bittencourt adds the third
The hosts played the counter-attack game to perfection and grabbed the lead through Anthony Modeste in the 29th minute.
Going behind made the visitors more determined going forward, but it just created more space for Koln, and two minutes later they doubled their lead through Leonardo Bittencourt.
The match was decided shortly before half time as Freiburg were once again hit on the counter attack and Modeste added his second to make it 3-0.
— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) September 16, 2016
Freiburg burst out of the blocks and almost took the lead five minutes in after Florian Niederlechner created some space for himself in the box, but Timo Horn pulled off an acrobatic save to keep the score at 0-0.
The visitors continued to pressure but played right into Koln's hands and were made to pay in the 20th minute when Marcel Risse hit a long cross into the box and Modeste found himself in the right place at the right time to nod his side into the lead.
The goal frustrated the away side and Koln took full advantage just two minutes later when Bittencourt found himself completely unmarked at the far post to tap home a Yuya Osako cross.
Freiburg responded well, but both Mike Frantz and Vincenzo Grifo wasted glorious opportunities to get their side back into the game.
Their misses were punished even more when Modeste rose above the defence in the 43rd minute to meet a Frederik Sorensen cross and head the hosts into an almost unbelievable 3-0 lead.
Freiburg tried their damndest in the second half, but Koln were happy with the scoreline and sat way back leaving little space for the visitors to attack into.
The result was a dire 45 minutes a football but an emphatic 3-0 win for Koln that moves them up to third on the Bundesliga table.
— 1. FC Köln (@fckoeln) September 16, 2016