Crowds flock back to see Cologne win

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Cologne have hit back from behind to beat promoted Greuther Furth 3-1 at home as the Bundesliga welcomed back a bumper crowd for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

New regulations in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia meant the hosts were allowed to increase their capacity by 7,000 to 40,000 for Friday's match. Different rules apply in other German states.

But the Cologne fans were left worried at halftime after Marco Meyerhoefer's goal put bottom side Furth ahead early when he finished off a fine move on the overlap by nutmegging goalkeeper Timo Horn.

Furth, still without a win, should have soon been 2-0 up but Jeremy Dudziak contrived to hit the post twice in quick succession.

Cologne came out flying in the second half and Sebastian Andersson quickly poked in at the far post from Benno Schmitz's cross.

Ellyes Skhiri then bundled home a corner which had been flicked on by Jonas Hector to give Cologne a 55th-minute lead and the Tunisian added his second late on to help them move to sixth in the table.

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