Cologne sink further
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Cologne suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Borussia Monchengladbach today. Raul Bobadilla scored twice for the visitors, helping them move off the bottom of the Bundesliga and leaving their opponents propping up the table.

Bobadilla gave Gladbach the lead in the 51st minute and Michael Bradley made it 2-0 after 70 minutes. Late goals from Igor de Camargo (82 minutes) and Bobadilla (90 minutes) completed the rout.

The pitch in Cologne was drenched from heavy rains, making attacking football difficult in a real relegation battle. Mato Jajalo fired a shot wide right in the 18th minute from Cologne's first chance of the game. The home side missed two more first-half opportunities with Lukas Podolski hitting the side netting in the 31st minute and Milivoje Novakovic sending his free-kick four minutes before the break over the bar.

Gladbach grabbed the lead six minutes after the break as Bobadilla's free-kick was curled past the wall from 22 yards and went in off the post. The visitors doubled their lead in the 70th minute as Bradley's long-range shot deflected off Youssef Mohamad and past Cologne goalkeeper Miro Varvodic.

Gladbach finished off Cologne in the 82nd minute on a fine counter attack with Bradley passing to Marco Reus for a cross to de Camargo, who steered the ball home from six yards out. Bobadilla struck for a second time in the closing seconds, blasting his right-foot shot into the far corner.