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BUNDES LIGA: Cologne overcome loss of their skipper to defeat Karlsruhe

AP , FRANKFURT, GERMANY

A teammate holds the hand of Cologne’s unconscious captain Umit Ozat during their Bundesliga match against Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Friday.

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Cologne overcame the shock of seeing captain Umit Ozat collapse and lose consciousness during their 2-0 win over Karlsruhe in the Bundesliga on Friday.

The Turkish defender collapsed in the 27th minute and was taken to a Karlsruhe hospital, where he was to stay overnight for observation.

Before going to the hospital to visit his captain after the game, coach Christoph Daum said Ozat was “stable.”

“It does not look so dramatic now,” he said.

Daum and goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon were crying while Ozat was being treated.

Cologne general manager Michael Meier said during halftime that Ozat was able to communicate shortly after the incident.

“I hope that the situation is not so serious as it may have looked,” Meier said.

The game was interrupted for about five minutes. Referee Florian Meyer consulted Cologne players before resuming the game and when the stadium speaker announced that Ozat had regained consciousness, the crowd applauded.

Coming back after the break, Milivoje Novakovic scored his third goal of the season in the 72nd minute and Sergiu Radu sealed victory in the 84th minute.

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