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Sargent scores again for Bremen in 1-1 draw with Cologne

American forward Josh Sargent scored for the second consecutive Bundesliga game only for Cologne to come back and draw 1-1 with Werder Bremen in their relegation battle on Sunday.

Cologne was the more active team in a first half of few chances, but Bremen improved after the break and Sargent duly scored in the 66th minute when he was left free at the back post to head in Romano Schmid’s deep cross.

It was Sargent’s fourth league goal this season, a week after he scored Bremen’s winner against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bremen's Milo Veljkovic, center, plays the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and Werder Bremen in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, March 7, 2021. (Rolf Vennenbernddpa via AP)

Leonardo Bittencourt and Milot Rashica missed more chances for the visitors before Cologne eventually found an equalizer.

Jonas Hector scored in the 83rd when Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was unable to catch the ball under pressure from substitute Emmanuel Dennis and it fell kindly for the Cologne captain to score from close range. A VAR check confirmed it was a goal despite the visitors’ protests.

The draw left Cologne just four points above the relegation zone while Bremen has a nine-point cushion.

Bremen's head coach Florian Kohfeldt gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and Werder Bremen in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, March 7, 2021. (Rolf Vennenbernddpa via AP)

Arminia Bielefeld’s new coach Frank Kramer was to make his debut later Sunday against visiting Union Berlin.

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Cologne's Ismail Jakobs, left, and Bremen's Milo Veljkovic, right, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and Werder Bremen in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, March 7, 2021. (Rolf Vennenbernddpa via AP)

Bremen's Niclas Fuellkrug, left, and Cologne's Jannes Horn, right, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FC Cologne and Werder Bremen in Cologne, Germany, Sunday, March 7, 2021. (Rolf Vennenbernddpa via AP)