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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Anastasios Donis (38')
  • Chadrac Akolo (90'+4')
  • Dominique Heintz (77')

Late Chadrac Akolo winner condemns Cologne to another Bundesliga defeat

Chadrac Akolo fired a stoppage-time winner for Stuttgart as Cologne's awful start to the Bundesliga season continued in cruel circumstances in a 2-1 defeat.
The former Sion midfielder trickled a 15-yard shot past goalkeeper Timo Horn four minutes into additional time to leave Cologne forlorn, and now with just one point from eight games.
To make matters worse for Cologne, they had been awarded a penalty minutes earlier, only for the decision to be reversed.
The visitors dominated the early play, only to fall behind when improving Stuttgart broke through in the 38th minute, Greek striker Donis Anastasios driving the ball home past Horn when under pressure.
That gave former Juventus and Nice forward Anastasios a first Bundesliga goal, but Cologne levelled up in the 77th minute when defender Dominique Heintz struck a fine effort, starting an attack and finishing it with a sweet left-footed strike.
It looked like being enough to give Cologne a second point of their dismal campaign, which has been a pale comparison of last season's fifth-place effort.
They thought they had the chance to win all three when handed a penalty in the 88th minute, but referee Benjamin Cortus referred his decision to the video official and the foul judged to have been committed by Dennis Aogo on Sehrou Guirassy was overturned.
That blow was compounded when Akolo had his late say, his low left-footed shot dribbling past the wrong-footed Horn.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 22 +38 46
2 RB Leipzig 22 +31 45
3 Borussia Dortmund 22 +31 42
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 21 +18 42
5 Bayer Leverkusen 22 +9 40
6 Schalke 04 22 +5 36
7 SC Freiburg 22 0 33
8 TSG Hoffenheim 22 -2 33
9 VfL Wolfsburg 22 0 31
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +2 28
11 FC Augsburg 22 -11 27
12 FC Union Berlin 22 -8 26
13 Hertha Berlin 22 -11 26
14 FC Cologne 21 -14 23
15 Mainz 22 -17 22
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 -25 17
17 Werder Bremen 22 -26 17
18 SC Paderborn 07 22 -20 16