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Bundesliga, 20. February 2021

Post-match reaction

Pellegrino Matarazzo, VfB head coach: “It was tough in the first half because Köln closed down the spaces and we were a bit too slow getting forward. But overall, we controlled the game very well. After going 1-0 up we had to survive a couple of moments when Köln had chances. But winning and keeping a clean sheet will do us good.”

Sasa Kalajdzic: “It’s an important win for us, as is the fact we kept another clean sheet. It’s good to have beaten a team below us in the table who were looking to get closer. Borna’s crosses are just great. He whips them in with pace and spin, so I just had to get my head on it. I’m happy that things are getting better and better with each game we play. Going 1-0 up was the turning point for us.”

Gonzalo Castro: “We knew we’d have to be patient today. We did well against a deep-lying side in the first half and getting our goal from the free-kick did us a lot of good. We had a couple of chances on the counter after that, but weren’t able to make the most of them. We’re happy with the win, even if it was an ugly, hard-fought one.”