Funkel distraught at Schalke loss
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Schalke took the lead on 42 minutes thanks to Victor Agali, but completely lost control when Dirk Lottner's swinging free-kick goal levelled matters six minutes after the break.
Both teams had a man sent off when Jorg Heinrich and Jochen Seitz were both dismissed for harmless-looking challenges and only the outstanding form of goalkeeper Frank Rost kept a stumbling Schalke in the game before Jupp Heynckes' side grabbed all three points in a dramatic finish.
Cologne striker Marius Ebbers picked up his second booking of the evening with 90 minutes gone before the visitors' resistance finally cracked allowing Altintop to grab the decisive goal.
"After having lost our opening two games under unfortunate circumstances, today's game is a big blow to us," said a devastated Funkel.
"My team performed very well and even came close to winning, but it just wasn't supposed to be."
Schalke boss Jupp Heynckes admitted that his team were flattered by the scoreline.
"We have to thank Frank Rost for his saves as my team looked tired after being forced to play three games within a week in the enormous heat, a draw would have been a just result," said the former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss.