Cologne claim draw in fight for survival
Cologne picked up a point in their fight against relegation with a 1-1 home draw against Stuttgart, who extended their undefeated run to ten matches.
Slawomir Peszko gave Cologne the lead after 50 minutes but Cacau equalised for the guests in the 71st minute. Cologne have collected just two points in their last seven matches to move to 30 points, and sit in the relegation play-off spot third from last in the table. Stuttgart have improved to 50 points in fifth place
Cologne had the first chance of the game in the 28th minute as Sascha Riether's cross from the left side went to Lukas Podolski, who could not get enough behind his header to challenge Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. The hosts had another opportunity four minutes later but Martin Lanig's blast from 19 yards went just left of the post.
Cologne did grab the lead five minutes after the break as Podolski and Mato Jajalo played the ball back and forth before Podolski found Peszko at the far right post and the Poland international struck home the game's first goal from five yards.
Cologne goalkeeper Michael Rensing made a great save against Cacau on the hour mark, but Podolski missed a chance to double the advantage four minutes later, blasting a Christian Clemens pass over the bar.
Rensing could not stop Cacau from equalising in the 71st minute, though, as Vedad Ibisevic played a superb ball over the Cologne defence and Cacau beat Rensing to the punch with the ball going off the right post and then off the left upright and in.
But the Cologne keeper did secure his team at least the one point with an outstanding diving save at the left post from a blast by Cacau in the 84th minute.