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2021-22 German Bundesliga
  • Vladimír Darida (57')
  • Anthony Modeste (29')
  • Ondrej Duda (32')
  • Jan Thielmann (90'+1')

Cologne strike twice in three minutes to beat Hertha 3-1

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Jan Thielmann capitalizes on Hertha's error with game-sealing goal (1:03)

Jan Thielmann turns an error by Vladimir Darida into a late goal to ice Hertha 3-1. (1:03)

Cologne struck twice in three minutes to edge past Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Sunday for their third straight league win, putting them in contention for European competition next season.

Goals from Anthony Modeste and former Hertha player Ondrej Duda made sure Cologne moved up to sixth place on 28 points, three behind third-placed Hoffenheim.

At 0-0 Hertha had the best chance of the game in the 29th minute but keeper Marvin Schwaebe denied Myziane Maolida with a superb save.

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A minute later Cologne scored with their top striker Modeste powering in a header from a central position for his 12th goal of the campaign.

In the 32nd minute they found themselves 2-0 up after Duda fired in a low drive from the edge of the box.

Vladimir Darida's 58th minute free kick gave Hertha hope, but the hosts' finish lacked precision as they gradually ran out of steam.

Jan Thielmann then killed off the game on the counter attack, rounding keeper Alexander Schwolow for Cologne's third goal in stoppage time.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 19 +43 46
2 Borussia Dortmund 19 +20 40
3 Bayer Leverkusen 19 +13 32
4 TSG Hoffenheim 19 +10 31
5 1. FC Union Berlin 19 +3 31
6 SC Freiburg 19 +8 30
7 RB Leipzig 19 +13 28
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 19 +2 28
9 FC Cologne 19 -2 28
10 Mainz 19 +6 27
11 VfL Bochum 19 -10 23
12 Borussia Monchengladbach 19 -10 22
13 Hertha Berlin 19 -17 22
14 VfL Wolfsburg 19 -13 21
15 FC Augsburg 19 -11 19
16 Arminia Bielefeld 19 -8 18
17 VfB Stuttgart 19 -11 18
18 SpVgg Greuther Furth 19 -36 7