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2021-22 German Bundesliga
  • Anthony Modeste (53')
  • Amadou Haidara (71')

Struggling Leipzig rescue draw at Cologne with second-half equaliser

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Haidara's header earns Leipzig a share of the points (2:15)

Amadou Haidara's second-half header gives Leipzig a 1-1 draw vs. Cologne. (2:15)

Amadou Haidara's second-half goal rescued a 1-1 draw for RB Leipzig at FC Cologne on Saturday, helping the side avoid their third straight league defeat although they remain stuck in the lower half of the Bundesliga table.

Following an exciting first half where both teams hit the woodwork, Anthony Modeste put the hosts in front in the 53rd minute following a VAR review.

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Having lost their previous three matches in all competitions, including a 6-3 demolition at the hands of Manchester City in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, last season's runners-up Leipzig had to claw their way back into Saturday's match.

Emil Forsberg forced a good save from Cologne keeper Timo Horn in the 64th with a volley from a tight angle. Horn made more than half a dozen outstanding saves in the match.

Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen should have done better a minute later but fired wide of the post from nine metres out, and Forsberg thought he had scored with a curled shot in the 66th only for his effort to be ruled offside.

But the visitors snatched a deserved equaliser when Haidara powered in his header from a corner at the near post in the 71st.

Leipzig drop to 13th place with four points from five matches, while Cologne climbed to sixth on eight points.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 15 +36 34
2 SC Freiburg 15 +8 30
3 RB Leipzig 15 +9 28
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 +8 27
5 1. FC Union Berlin 15 +4 27
6 Borussia Dortmund 15 +4 25
7 VfL Wolfsburg 15 +4 23
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 15 +4 22
9 Werder Bremen 15 -2 21
10 Mainz 15 -5 19
11 TSG Hoffenheim 15 0 18
12 Bayer Leverkusen 15 -1 18
13 FC Cologne 15 -8 17
14 FC Augsburg 15 -8 15
15 Hertha Berlin 15 -3 14
16 VfB Stuttgart 15 -9 14
17 VfL Bochum 15 -22 13
18 Schalke 04 15 -19 9