That’s Cordoba’s 12th goal of the season, and has Leipzig in a spot of bother already. Horn comes off his line to punch clear a free-kick.
GOAL! Cologne 1-0 Leipzig (Cordoba 7′)
It looked like the chance had gone as the ricochet evaded Jhon Cordoba, but he races back to collect the ball, turns and fires into the roof of the net!
6 mins: Rexhbecaj gets in behind the Leipzig defence, his toe-poke goes through Gulacsi, but the ball hits the inside of the post. No matter …
What a save! Angelino swings a fantastic diagonal ball across the pitch to Nkunku, whose cutback finds Werner. He fires towards the far corner, but Horn gets his boot in the way!
3 mins: A leisurely start, with the visitors working the ball around midfield.
Not too long to go now. This will be the first Bundesliga game played in the month of June for 25 years. Truly, these are different times.
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Cologne (4-2-3-1): Horn; Schmitz, Czichos, Leistner, Katterbach; Skhiri, Hector; Kainz, Rexhbecaj, Jakobs; Cordoba.
Subs: Kessler, Drezler, Hoger, Mere, Ehizibue, Schindler, Thielmann, Modeste, Terodde.
Leipzig (3-4-2-1): Gulacsi; Mukiele, Upamecano, Klostermann; Nkunku, Sabitzer, Laimer, Angelino; Olmo, Werner; Schick.
Subs: Mvogo, Adams, Orban, Wolf, Forsberg, Haidara, Lookman, Krauss.
European football’s spring shutdown came at a particularly bad time for RB Leipzig, who had just swept Spurs aside to reach the Champions League quarter finals, and were still in the Bundesliga title race despite a couple of stumbles.
Since the restart, Julian Nagelsmann’s men have been held at home by Freiburg and Hertha Berlin, while Bayern have disappeared over the horizon. Leipzig kick off here in fifth place, under pressure to book a return ticket for Europe’s elite competition.
This could be another test of nerve, with Cologne safe in mid-table after a winter revival under new coach Markus Gisdol. Cologne haven’t won since the restart but have offered plenty of attacking threat and entertainment.
The Billy Goats lost a two-goal lead against Mainz, dramatically grabbed a draw at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf, then lost at Hoffenheim in a four-goal, two-red-card showdown. So, this should be good. Kick-off 8.30pm local, 7.30pm BST.