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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 26,000) 4th March 2012 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: Robert Hartmann

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Cologne Cologne

Hoffenheim 1

M Compper (33)


Cologne 1

L Podolski (81)

Podolski rescues Cologne point

Visitors snatch point at Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 04/03/12 7:45pm

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Lukas Podolski: Rescued a point for Cologne against Hoffenheim

Lukas Podolski: Rescued a point for Cologne against Hoffenheim

Lukas Podolski netted a late equaliser to hand Cologne a point in a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim and ease the pressure on coach Stale Solbakken.

The home side dominated the first hour of the game, going in front thanks to Marvin Compper's header in the 33rd minute.

They missed a hatful of chances to finish off Cologne before Podolski scored a goal which should ease some of the stifling heat on Solbakken.

Boris Vukcevic had the ball in the back of the net in the 13th minute, but it did not count as the Hoffenheim forward was in an offside position.

He did not give up trying, though, and hit shots left and right of goal before setting up a chance for Roberto Firmino as Hoffenheim dominated the early proceedings.

They took a deserved lead in the 33rd minute when Sebastian Rudy sent in a corner from the right and Compper rose to head powerfully into the bottom left-hand corner.


Firmino headed wide as Hoffenheim continued to dominate and goalkeeper Michael Rensing was called into action to deny Srdjan Lakic just before the break.

Ryan Babel shot into the side-netting in the 57th minute as there was no change in the flow of the game in the second half.

Substitute Sven Schipplock then missed two great chances, first shooting against Christian Eichner after taking the ball past Rensing and then firing the rebound against the crossbar.

A shot from Podolski which was pushed away by Tom Starke was the first time the Hoffenheim goalkeeper had needed to make a save, but it spurred the visitors into a recovery.

In the 81st minute, Podolski headed them level against all odds, flicking Miso Brecko's cross from the right into the far corner to earn Cologne a point.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 29 42
6 FC Augsburg 29 42
7 Werder Bremen 29 38
8 Hoffenheim 29 37
9 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 29 25