Dortmund held to Cologne


BORUSSIA Dortmund had to settle for picking up one point after being held to a 1-1 draw by the hosts Cologne in the Bundesliga continued match on Monday (21/30 am WIB, despite taking the lead first.

Now, Dortmund are getting tougher in the title race as they are six points clear of leaders Bayern Munich with seven games remaining in the competition.

Marius Wolf, who scored the winner against Arminia Bielefeld last week, put the visitors ahead in the eighth minute but except for Erling Haaland’s shot narrowly wide of the Cologne goal, Dortmund did not show much else in the first half.

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Cologne deservedly equalized through Sebastian Andersson in the 36th minute after Jannes Horn’s free kick was headed by Anthony Modeste into goal.

Haaland, a constant subject of transfer speculation, failed to capitalize on a one-on-one situation in the first 10 minutes of the second half when goalkeeper Marvin Schwaebe parried the Norwegian’s effort with a fine block as Dortmund regained the initiative.

The visitors thought they had done enough to score when Gio Reyna broke through from the right and Haaland burst through from the middle into the box.

But the player’s flick from the United States (US) was successfully cleared at the last moment before reaching Haaland.

Dortmund remain in second place with 57 points, while Bayern are top of the table with 63 points. (Ant/OL-1)