Match report: Köln 1-4 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich were comfortable 4-1 winners away to FC Köln on Sunday to maintain their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Hansi Flick’s side have now won six of their last seven league games, bouncing back from last weekend’s 0-0 draw at home to RB Leipzig. 27 goals have been scored in those six games, conceding just four goals.

The game was barely two minutes old when Robert Lewandowski fired the visitors into the lead. The Polish striker collected a pass from Thomas Muller before firing into the top far corner of Timo Horn’s goal. It was the 31-year-old’s 23rd goal in only his 22nd Bundesliga start of the season.

Kingsley Coman essentially sealed the victory in the fifth minute when he collected Thomas Muller’s pass to tuck the ball beyond Horn despite the ball being under his foot.

It was 3-0 inside 12 minutes when Serge Gnabry brought down Joshua Kimmich’s deep corner and fired into the bottom far corner two touches later. Joshua Kimmich had forced a fine save from the Köln goalkeeper moments earlier.

Bayern Munich eased their pressure off the pedal but still saw efforts from Thiago Alcantara go wide, Gnabry hitting the crossbar and Kimmich’s attempt tipped onto the post, all before Gnabry scored his second of the game midway through the second half.

Köln striker Mark Uth beat Manuel Neuer to a through ball to score the hosts consolation in the 70th minute.

Victory takes Bayern Munich onto 46 points from 22 games, one point ahead of RB Leipzig, who were 3-0 winners at home to Werder Bremen at the same time.

The league leaders next face Paderborn at the Allianz Arena on Friday 21 February.

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