Alexander Nouri made two changes from the side that beat Paderborn last week with Marius Wolf coming in for the injured Peter Pekarik at right back and Marko Grujic coming in in midfield for Per Skjelbred who took his place on the bench. Markus Gisdol gave ex-Union player Toni Leistner his Bundesliga debut with Benno Schmitz and Florian Kainz also starting. Jonas Hector also came out of the side with Elvis Rexhbecaj coming into the side.
The game got off to a bad start for the Herthaner. Jhon Cordoba was released in the box by Kainz after Hertha gave away possession and he lobbed Rune Jarstein to put the visitors in front. The ball took a deflection off Santiago Ascacibar which made it impossible for the keeper to get to (4’). Hertha looked for the quick response, but it was Cologne who continued to come forward with Kainz continually leading the charge. Hertha did have one chance through Maximilian Mittelstädt but Timo Horn managed to get a hand to his effort (17’). The team from the Rhein were celebrating once again soon after though, as Cordoba once again snuck into the box and nicked in a header in front of Jarstein to put his team 2-0 up (22’). Just before the break it got even worse for the home side as Kainz found himself free in the box and when jarstein tried to get a leg on the ball to keep it out, he only saw it hit his own post and go into the net. The goal was given after a VAR review which decided that Jhon Cordoba was no offside. Shortly after, Grujic and Czichos collided in the middle of the park with the Cologne man forced off on a stretcher, and so the teams went in at the break with Cologne 3 goals to the good.
As the second half started, Nouri made two changes with Matheus Cunha and Arne Maier both being replaced by Vladimir Darid and Dodi Lukebakio. The fresh legs seemed to do Hertha some good as they began to create a few chances. Horn however stood in the way of Grujic’s header (48’) and his effort just after went wide of the mark (49’). Piatek then found himself in on the right hand channel, but with a few options to pick out in the box, his cross only found the grateful gloves of Horn. The bad luck continued as Dodi Lukebakio’s shot drifted wide of the far post, before the visitors continued their effective streak in front of goal. After yet another deadly counter attack, Kainz put them 4-0 ahead (62’). Where Hertha’s luck was lacking, Cologne simply found it in abundance. Mark Uth then piled on the misery with a free kick which found the top corner as the visitors put themselves five goals to the good (70’). The game then fizzled out as both sides knew the outcome of the game, and so Daniel Schlager blew his whistle to end the game.