In the hunt for the tenth championship title in a row, FC Bayern Munich did not let the in-form 1. FC Köln slow them down.
Led by three-time goalscorer Robert Lewandowski, coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team deservedly won 4-0 (2-0) against the Rhinelanders and maintained their cushion of six points at the top of the table over pursuers Borussia Dortmund, who had presented the evening before.
“After the defeat against Mönchengladbach, it was simply important for us to get the first points this year,” said national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on “Sky”, “and that’s how we performed here.”
Lewandowski (9th, 63rd, 74th) with his goals 21 to 23 this season and Corentin Tolisso (25th) scored for the record champions, who also scored at least one goal in the 66th Bundesliga game in a row and thus set a record. Munich had also maintained the old record of 65 games with their own goal – across seasons from 2011/12 to 2013/14.
Tolisso meets worth seeing
In front of only 750 admitted spectators, FC also had chances, but unlike the last time they didn’t use them consistently and thus conceded their ninth defeat in a row against Bayern. Nevertheless, Cologne remains on target with 28 points.
FC coach Steffen Baumgart had previously spoken of a “great chance” to win against Bayern. But the guests, who lost at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach at the start of the second half of the season, made it clear from the start that they didn’t want to allow themselves any more slip-ups.
After Cologne lost the ball, Munich switched quickly, Thomas Müller served Lewandowski, who converted easily in front of Marvin Schwäbe. The guests now controlled the game, Tolisso scored after a one-two with Müller to make it 2-0. A little later, Müller missed the chance to score the next goal (28th).
In the middle of this urge phase, Mark Uth (31st) scored the supposed goal after a strong individual performance, but it didn’t count because of an offside position. Shortly before the break, Manuel Neuer, who was back in the Bayern goal after surviving the corona infection, had to survive another tricky situation. A shot by Ondrej Duda (45+1) just missed the target.
Neuer saves Bayern, then Lewandowski stabs
Unlike against Gladbach, Bayern coach Nagelsmann was able to fall back on significantly more professionals. Leroy Sané, Dayot Upamecano, Omar Richards and Tanguy Nianzou, who were recently isolated, were available again. Marcel Sabitzer defended on the left as a substitute for Alphonso Davies, who is out indefinitely due to “mild myocarditis”.
Shortly after his substitution (61st), Sané striker Lewandowski played the third Bayern goal in an exemplary manner. Munich was now pushing for the decision, but FC didn’t admit defeat either. Dejan Ljubicic had the goal on his feet, but failed at Neuer (69th). A little later, Lewandowski did better on the other side: again after a nice pass from Sané.