World Cup: Itakura and Japan knocked out in the round of 16
Japan are out of the World Cup at the round of 16 stage. Ko Itakura missed the defeat to Croatia on penalties due to suspension.
Borussia celebrated a 5-2 win over local rivals 1. FC Köln on matchday 9. Ramy Bensebaini scored twice, with Marvin Friedrich, Lars Stindl and Marcus Thuram also getting on the scoresheet.
The sold-out crowd of 54,042 fans witnessed an intense and fiery encounter. Marvin Friedrich (27’) headed the Foals in front, but Köln were able to equalise just four minutes later as Florian Kainz converted a penalty (31’). Just before the break, Kainz was sent off for a second yellow, after having elbowed Jonas Hofmann to the ground inside the box. Ramy Bensebaini stepped up to take the penalty for Borussia, calmly restoring their advantage (45’+2). Shortly after the change of ends, captain Lars Stindl netted a powerful effort from range to put the hosts 3-1 up (47’). Borussia were able to control the game after going a man up, with Bensebaini scoring his second of the afternoon in the 76th minute. Effzeh were able to get one back through Denis Huseinbasic (83’), but it was too late for another comeback, as Marcus Thuram netted the final goal of the game in injury time (90’+1).
Head coach Daniel Farke named an unchanged starting XI from the most recent games against RB Leipzig (3-0 win) and Werder Bremen (5-1 loss). Joe Scally, Marvin Friedrich, Nico Elvedi and Ramy Bensebaini lined up in defence in front of goalkeeper Yann Sommer, with Julian Weigl and Manu Koné starting at defensive midfield. In attack, Farke relied on the trio of Jonas Hofmann, Christoph Kramer and Lars Stindl, with Marcus Thuram as the lone striker.
The Foals were without Florian Neuhaus (partial rupture of the posterior cruciate ligament), Ko Itakura (partial MCL rupture) and Hannes Wolf (labral tear in the shoulder joint).
9’: The first chance of the game fell to Thuram, who drives down the left wing before cutting into the box, where his shot is parried by Schwäbe.
27’: Goal for Borussia! Hofmann’s corner is nodded home into the top corner by Friedrich.
31’: Köln equalise just minutes later. Hofmann catches Kainz on the foot as he attempts to clear it. Referee Sven Jablonski consults with VAR before pointing to the spot. Kainz steps up and converts.
35’: A quick counter-attack sees Thuram have a go from range, but his shot sails wide of the target.
45’+2: Borussia are awarded a penalty of their own just before the break. Kainz elbows Hofmann in the face inside the box and is promptly shown his second yellow. Bensebaini steps up to take the penalty and put the Foals back in front.
47’: What a start! Weigl wins the ball in midfield and picks out Stindl. The captain lets loose an absolute rocket of a shot from 20 meters out – unstoppable!
53’: Scally cuts the ball in from the right side, but Thuram is unable to connect fully.
57’: Koné sends Thuram, but his first-time shot is blocked and goes out for a corner.
60’: Another good chance for the Foals, as Hofmann finds Thuram, but his shot misses the target.
76’: Our fourth of the afternoon! Koné lays the ball off to Hofmann on the right, who squares it to Bensebaini in the middle and all he needs to do is tap it in.
83’: Köln get one back. A long throw finds Huseinbasic, as he wins it off Lainer and puts it in.
90’+1: Borussia score again! This time, Thuram finally gets his goal, finishing off a pass from Plea.
Borussia: Sommer – Scally (82’ Lainer), Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini (82’ Netz) – Weigl, Koné – Hofmann (82’ Herrmann), Kramer (78‘ Borges Sanches), Stindl (51‘ Plea) – Thuram // Bench: Sippel, Jantschke, Reitz, Ngoumou
Köln: Schwäbe – Schmitz (60’ Huseinbasic), Kilian, Hübers, Hector - Skhiri, Ljubicic (39‘ Schindler), Duda (60’ Adamyan), Kainz – Tigges (60’ Dietz), Maina (75’ Uth) // Bench: Urbig, Pedersen, Soldo, Martel
Goals: 1-0 Friedrich (27’), 1-1 Kainz (31’, pen.), 2-1 Bensebaini (45’+1, pen.), 3-1 Stindl (46’), 4-1 Bensebaini (76’), 4-2 Huseinbasic (83’), 5-2 Thuram (90’+1)
Attendance: 54,042 (sold out)
Yellow cards: Stindl, Bensebaini – Kainz, Skhiri
Second yellows: Kainz (45’+1)
Referee: Sven Jablonski