LIVE: Bayern Munich vs Koln

LIVE: Bayern Munich vs Koln

39′ Bayern are in no hurry to get into the final third after winning it back off Cologne in their own half once again. Sane does make a run down the right, but he can’t find a way past Jakobs and is forced back.

37′ The visitors get away with one as Cestic makes another poor clearance in his own box that Sane intercepts. He just steps on the ball on the edge of the area which stops him from having a shot and Mere is able to clear.

35′ Cologne are trying to push forward and put Bayern on the back foot but their passing is still letting them down as Rexhbecaj switches play out to Wolf, but there’s too much on it and it goes straight out.

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33′ Goretzka carries the ball to the edge of the box after getting it off Lewandowski before squaring the return pass to him to set up the goal.

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33′ LEWANDOWSKI SCORES! It’s another sloppy pass by Cologne, this time it’s Skhiri that gives it away in midfield and Lewandowski pounces on it. He plays a one-two with Goretzka to open up some space and slots his shot past Horn to make it 2-0 Bayern!

32′ Another driving run by Jakobs is picked out down the left but he has no one up in support when he gets to the byline. He’s forced to go backwards to Dennis, and Kimmich cuts out his cross.

30′ Cologne have everyone back in their own half as Bayern patiently push forward again. Goretzka eventually plays a long ball over the top to Lewandowski, but Mere is with him and manages to poke it behind for a corner.

28′ Jakobs plays a throughball forward for Dennis to chase and he has a clear run into the box. A heavy touch takes him away from goal and gives Boateng chance to get back just as a very late offside flag goes up against him.

26′ GOOD CHANCE! Bayern are in behind again, this time with Sule whipping a great cross into the middle for Lewandowski. He has a free header in the middle and flicks it on, but just like Musiala, sends it wide.

24′ CHANCE! Kimmich cuts inside before fizzing a great cross into the middle of the box. None of the Cologne defenders spotted Musiala’s run, and he got his head onto it but sends it wide of the far post

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22′ Alaba gave the ball away with a sloppy pass and then pulled back Duda to stop him reaching it so is shown the first booking of the game.

20′ Cologne just can’t get on the ball at the moment as Bayern continue to knock it around comfortably in midfield. The visitors are sitting deep again as they try to frustrate Bayern and close down the space ahead of them.

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18′ Goretzka was allowed to just continue his run to the edge of the box and he had time to float his cross into Choupo-Moting at the far post.

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18′ BAYERN LEAD! Choupo-Moting peels away from Wolf at the far post as he makes the run to get on the end of Goretzka’s cross and nods it past Horn, who can’t get across his line quickly across. 1-0 Bayern!

17′ Bayern’s 2-1 defeat to Frankfurt last time out means they’ve now lost twice as many Bundesliga games in 2021 (two) than they did across the whole of 2020 (one).

15′ CLOSE! Bayern break quickly this time and Sule is up in support on the right. It’s touched into him by Sane and he has a go from range, drilling his shot just wide of the near top corner.

13′ Rexhbecaj swings another good corner into the crowd of players in the six-yard box. Neuer comes off his line and manages to punch it away and Goretzka has to clear it again on the stretch to stop Skhiri having a shot.

11′ Bayern nick it back deep in Cologne’s half again and Musiala spots Sane out in space on the right again. There’s not enough on the pass to him though and Cestic steps out to intercept it.

9′ The first chance of the game falls to Sane on the left of the box as Mere’s clearance falls to him in space. He brings it down on his chest before hitting it on the half-volley, but it’s a comfortable save for Horn at the near post.

8′ It’s patient from Bayern as they play out from the back and try to break down Cologne who are sitting deep in their own half at the moment. Davies switches play out to Sule, but he can’t turn away from Czichos.

6′ Jakobs pulls away from Sule on the left and he whips a good cross towards the near post, looking for Duda. Boateng reads it well though to make a block and put it out for a corner.

4′ Cologne take a big risk as Czichos plays a short back pass to Horn and he has Lewandowski quickly closing him down. Horn clears his lines first time, but it does hit the forward and luckily falls for Mere and not another Bayern player.

2′ Goretzka intercepts Wolf’s pass and instantly sets his side on the counter-attack. He tries to play it low out to Sane on the right, but Mere makes an important interception through the middle to stop it reaching him.

1′ Choupo-Moting gets the game underway for Bayern!

The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

Bayern and Cologne are meeting for the 100th time in German professional football. Cologne have only suffered more defeats against Borussia Monchengladbach (56) than they have against Bayern (52).

Markus Gisdol also makes one change to his team after their loss to Stuttgart last weekend. Ozcan comes in for Ehizibue, who drops to the bench.

Hansi Flick makes just one change to the side that beat Lazio in their last match as he brings in Choupo-Moting for Coman, who starts on the bench. Muller is named as a substitute after recovering from coronavirus, as is Gnabry who is back after a thigh injury.

COLOGNE SUBS: Kingsley Ehizibue, Jannes Horn, Benno Schmitz, Dimitris Limnios, Max Meyer, Noah Katterbach, Jan Thielmann, Dominick Drexler, Ron-Robert Zieler.

COLOGNE STARTING XI (3-5-2): Timo Horn; Sava-Arangel Cestic, Jorge Mere, Rafael Czichos; Marius Wolf, Salih Ozcan, Ellyes Skhiri, Elvis Rexhbecaj, Ismail Jakobs; Ondrej Duda, Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis.

BAYERN MUNICH SUBS: Javi Martinez, Lucas Hernandez, Bouna Sarr, Serge Gnabry, Marc Roca, Kingsley Coman, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann, Tiago Dantas, Thomas Muller.

BAYERN MUNICH STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Niklas Sule, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Alphonso Davies; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka; Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting; Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern have a chance to go five points clear at the top of the table with a win today but come into this game having drawn against Arminia and lost to Eintracht Frankfurt in their last two league games. However, they did get back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Lazio in the Champions League on Tuesday. Cologne have won three of their last seven games in the Bundesliga (D1 L3), and are in need of a result as they sit just three points above the relegation zone.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Bundesliga meeting between Bayern Munich and Cologne at the Allianz Arena!

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