Soccer-Modeste double earns Cologne 2-2 comeback against Leverkusen

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - FC Cologne v Bayer Leverkusen - RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany - October 24, 2021 FC Cologne players celebrate after the match REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Anthony Modeste struck twice in the second half to heave Cologne back from two goals down and earn them a 2-2 draw against local rivals Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

The French striker struck in the 63rd minute to cut the deficit and then levelled with his 82nd-minute header to earn a surprise point for the hosts.

Leverkusen, crushed 5-1 by Bayern Munich last week, got off to a superb start and scored twice in three minutes through Patrik Schick and Karim Bellarabi to go 2-0 up by the 17th minute.

Jeremie Frimpong came close to adding a third when his effort hit the crossbar in the 25th as the visitors looked to be cruising to a comfortable win in the local derby.

But Modeste first made the most of some bad defending from Jonathan Tah to pull a goal back and then completed the turnaround with a header that wrongfooted keeper Lukas Hradecky after some more sloppy defending.

There was more bad news for Leverkusen with their top striker Schick getting helped off the pitch with an injury with minutes left to play.

The result means Leverkusen drop to fourth place on 17 points, five off leaders Bayern Munich. Cologne are eighth on 13.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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