Bayern defeat Cologne 5-1 on Saturday at The Allianz Arena. With each team arriving on the back of a league defeat, they were both keen to pick up points. Bayern Munich were looking to get back winning ways, following a previous defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. Cologne lost 1-0 in the last match they played against Stuttgart. As it stands, Bayern Munich are in 1st place, with 52 points from 23 matches, while Cologne sit in 14th, with 21 points from 23.
Bayern Munich started strong and were rewarded, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting opening the rout in the 18th minute. Later, Bayern Munich took the lead with a goal form a goal from Robert Lewandowski in the 33rd minute. The score at half time was 2-0.
The second half started all good for Cologne, with early goal from Ellyes Skhiri in the 49th minute. Bayern Munich extended the margin thanks to another goal from Robert Lewandowski, scoring his second goal, 65 minutes in to establish the 3-1. Later, Bayern Munich scored again and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Serge Gnabry to make it 4-1. Later, Bayern Munich took the lead with a goal form a new goal from Serge Gnabry, scoring his second goal in the 86th minute just before the final whistle, which sealed the victory for Bayern Munich.
For Bayern Munich Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Lucas Hernandez, Javi Martinez and Tiago Dantas came on for Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich and Leroy Sane, while Cologne brought on Jan Thielmann, Jannes Horn, Max Meyer, Dominick Drexler and Noah Katterbach to replace Emmanuel Dennis, Rafael Czichos, Ondrej Duda, Elvis Rexhbecaj and Ismail Jakobs.
There were bookings for David Alaba and Leroy Sane from Bayern and Rafael Czichos for Cologne.
Cologne and Bayern Munich will next play at home to Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund respectively.