Cologne forward Anthony Modeste might have sealed the result late on after rounding the goalkeeper, but his shot from a difficult angle flashed wide of the far post. Goalkeeper Timo Horn saved the win by deflecting Abdelhamid Sabiri’s free kick onto the crossbar, and another Sabiri effort was cleared for a corner in injury time.
Since losing at Union Berlin 2-0 on Dec. 8, Cologne has lost only to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. The result left Paderborn five points behind Fortuna Düsseldorf ahead of the rest of the 25th round. It was Steffen Baumgart’s side’s fourth consecutive defeat and sixth straight game without a win.
Kickoff was half an hour earlier than usual for the Friday night Bundesliga game to protect neighbors living near the stadium from late noise. It was to be over by 10 p.m. local time.
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