Stuttgart come from behind to beat Cologne 3-2

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A Mario Gomez brace and an embarrassing mistake from goalkeeper Timo Horn saw Stuttgart come from behind to beat Cologne 3-2 on Sunday.


Having scored early on, Cologne failed to hold a lead which would have lifted them off the bottom of the Bundesliga table for the first time since August.


Claudio Pizarro put Cologne ahead after just six minutes. Having won the ball in the final third, Yuya Osako set up the veteran striker, who swept the ball into the far corner.


It was the 39-year-old Peruvian's first goal since joining Cologne in September and extended his streak of scoring at least once in the Bundesliga in every calendar year since 1999.


Former Stuttgart striker Simon Terrodde could have doubled the lead on the half-hour mark, but dragged his shot wide of the near post. Osako then found the net six minutes later, but a foul on goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler in the build-up saw the goal ruled out by VAR.


Cologne, though, would go into half-time a goal down after two strikes in quick succession from Gomez. The veteran striker fired in an equaliser in the 45th minute, and was gifted a second moments later when Horn allowed a low shot to slip out of his hands and bounce over him into the net.


"I should have saved it, I am unbelievably sorry," Horn told Sky. "It's even more frustrating because the first half was the best 45 minutes we have played all season."


Things got worse for Cologne on 57 minutes, when Andreas Beck squeezed a low shot past Horn to give Stuttgart a third. Milos Jojic pulled a goal back with a fine free-kick three minutes from time, but it was too little, too late for Cologne.


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