Nils Petersen scored two late penalties as Freiburg came from three goals down to beat Cologne 4-3 in the Bundesliga. Petersen started his team's comeback in the first half on Sunday. Petersen's hat trick denied Cologne what would have been its first league win of the season at the 15th attempt, one week after the club fired Peter Stoeger as coach.
, Austrian coach Peter Stoeger talks to the media at a press conference of Borussia Dortmund, where he is presented as the new head coach of the Bundesliga soccer club in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Borussia Dortmund displaced Dutch head coach Peter Bosz Saturday after a defeat against Werder Bremen. Stoeger was dismissed as head coach of FC Cologne earlier this month. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
10 of December 2017 15:54:09
BERLIN (AP) — Nils Petersen scored two late penalties — one in the 90th minute and another in injury time — as Freiburg came from three goals down to beat Cologne 4-3 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
"We were patient to the end. Football writes such stories," Petersen said. "It's bitter for Cologne. I'm sorry for the club, too."
Petersen also scored in the first half to start Freiburg's comeback and his hat trick denied Cologne what would have been its first league win of the season at the 15th attempt, one week after Cologne fired Peter Stoeger as coach.
"It can't get any worse," Cologne defender Dominique Heintz said.
Stoeger was presented by Borussia Dortmund as its new coach earlier Sunday, after Dortmund responded to its league slump by firing Peter Bosz.
Kickoff in Cologne was delayed by a half-hour due to a snowstorm that continued as the game got underway.
The hosts raced into a three-goal lead. Lukas Kluenter opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Sehrou Guirassy added a second from the penalty spot before American midfielder Caleb Stanko's own-goal.
In a 30-minute span, Cologne had scored half as many goals as it had in the previous 14 league games.
But Petersen pulled one back with a fine volley in the 39th, and Freiburg's Janik Haberer ensured a nervy finale when he scored midway through the second half after a period of prolonged pressure from the visitors.
Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn made a brilliant save and was called into action again and again before his overwhelmed side gave away two penalties. Petersen converted them both to complete an unlikely comeback.
"Everything is going against us," Cologne's interim coach Stefan Ruthenbeck said.
Cologne, bottom of the Bundesliga with just three points from 15 games, faces a seemingly hopeless task to avoid relegation after making the worst ever start in the league since its formation in 1963.
Freiburg remained in the relegation playoff place, some 12 points above last-place Cologne.
Hertha Berlin was playing at Augsburg later Sunday, and Hannover was hosting Hoffenheim.