METERThe Cologne fans celebrated their team for a few minutes in front of the south bend and gave them encouragement for the last leg of the fight for relegation. After a crazy final attack with two goals that made it 2-1 against VfL Bochum in added time, self-confidence was high. 1. FC Cologne back.

“Take off Bayern's leather pants,” was the message that echoed from the stands on Saturday ahead of their next opponent. With this important success, the penultimate team at one point maintained its distance from the relegation zone. And suddenly direct salvation seems possible again: rival Bochum, in 15th place, is only four points behind.

“It was a game that will be remembered,” he said. Cologne Captain Florian Kainz. The 31-year-old spoke of “incredible emotions.” His two substitute teammates, Steffen Tigges (90. + 1 minute) and Luca Waldschmidt (90. + 2) scored goals in front of 50,000 spectators to ensure a success that many no longer believed possible. It was Colonia's first victory since early February.

“As a player, you have moments like this: coming in and taking the game in a different direction,” Tigges said. Looking at the rest of the schedule and the remaining matchup in Mainz, he stated that FC has relegation in their hands. “After Bavaria, we almost only have direct competitors,” he says.

Coach Timo Schultz spoke of six “finals” remaining. The 46-year-old also explicitly praised the Cologne fans. “I don't think an ending like that would have been possible today in many stadiums. “Here in Cologne it is possible with these fans,” he said.

“Empty” for Bochum coach

While Cologne celebrated, VfL's disappointment knew no bounds. “There is a lot of emptiness at the moment,” said coach Thomas Letsch. “That hurts and that's how we all feel right now.”

His team led for a long time thanks to a goal from Felix Passlack (53rd). Bochum He no longer wins six games in a row. Letsch did not want to comment on a possible discussion about the coach or the issue of support at the club.

“To be honest, I'm not thinking about that right now. I'm just disappointed that we lost a game here. “I’m relatively uninterested in everything else right now.”

Sports director Patrick Fabian had previously said: “For us it is more than a simple defeat. Losing like that obviously affects you.” Regarding a conversation with the coach, he said: “Right after the game, that's not a problem. Of course: we are all challenged. Of course, the technical team is part of that.”

Fabián also explained: “We will go home, analyze everything and then draw the right conclusions.” He did not clearly commit to Letsch. But Fabián spoke of not wanting to fall into activism. “We will discuss with him what his solutions are. “We are all obliged to keep our ranks closed,” he stated.