Lukas Podolski netted a late penalty to earn an important away victory for Koeln against Stuttgart.
After Georg Niedermeier was adjudged to have hauled down Milivoje Novakovic inside the box, Podolski's spot kick put the visitors ahead with eight minutes left to play. The goal came shortly after Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak narrowly missed out on the opener, but was denied by the woodwork.
Moments before, Niedermeier had also missed a clear chance over the bar. Koeln had a chance to put the game to rest late, but Sven Ulreich made an outstanding save from Novakovic, who was through on goal. The goalkeeper's heroics set up a thrilling finale, but the hosts were unable to find an equaliser.
The result lifts Koeln further towards the safety of 15th place, but the struggling Geissboecke remain in 17th, level on points with Stuttgart, but behind on goal difference.
Follow Goal.com on . Get the latest football news direct... Check out Goal.com's page; be part of the best football fan community in the world!