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FC Bayern Munich - 1. FC Köln
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Full-time: Julian Nagelsmann manages his first league victory as Bayern Munich boss, but only just. It was a gritty performance from the hosts, who conceded twice in less than 60 seconds but found a winner.
Bayern deal with a Cologne free-kick delivery with ease as they inch closer to three points. THREE minutes to be added on!
- OffAlphonso DaviesFC Bayern Munich
- OnChris RichardsFC Bayern Munich
Bayern sub: Chris Richard comes on for Davies as the hosts look to protect their slender lead.
Save! Muller ushers Musiala in behind the defence but Horn races off his line to block the shot before racing back to keep out Lewandowski's header!
Lewandowski tries an outrageous lob from the halfway line but it doesn't come close to goal. Considering his quality, it was worth a go, wasn't it?
Plenty for Nagelsmann to be pleased with today, despite conceding twice in two minutes. Another goal for Lewandowski, of course, as well as an assist for Muller. But it's the performance of teenager Musiala that will have pleased him the most.
Bayern are seemingly now content to sit back and watch Cologne dominate the ball. It's a dangerous game as the visitors have shown they have goals in their locker.
- OffAnthony Modeste1. FC Köln
- OnTim Lemperle1. FC Köln
Cologne sub: Modeste, Cologne's other goalscorer, comes off for Tim Lemperle.
- OffSerge GnabryFC Bayern Munich
- OnEric Maxim Choupo-MotingFC Bayern Munich
Bayern sub: There will be no hat-trick for Gnabry as he's replaced by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
- Yellow cardNiklas SüleFC Bayern Munich
Yellow card! Sule goes into the referee's book.
Almost! Lewandowski goes agonisingly close to putting the game beyond Cologne's reach, firing a left-footed shot just over the crossbar.
- GoalSerge GnabryFC Bayern Munich
GOAL! Bayern Munich 3-2 Cologne (Serge Gnabry): Question marks over the goalkeeper here, but Bayern won't care as Gnabry grabs his second to give the hosts the lead once more! Horn opts to punch a cross clear rather than catch and Gnabry finds space on the right, smashing the ball into the top corner.
- OffFlorian Kainz1. FC Köln
- OnSebastian Andersson1. FC Köln
Cologne sub: Sebastian Andersson comes on for Kainz and the visitors are almost playing with two No 9s now.
- OffLeon GoretzkaFC Bayern Munich
- OnCorentin TolissoFC Bayern Munich
Bayern sub: Corentin Tolisso comes on for Goretzka.
- OffMark Uth1. FC Köln
- OnOndrej Duda1. FC Köln
Cologne sub: Uth, who has just scored his side's equaliser, is not one bit happy to see his number come up as he makes way for Ondrej Duda.
Cologne have had three shots on target, and two goals in two minutes has turned this game completely on its head once more.
Bayern appealed for offside, it was very close but VAR confirms Uth was just on and the goal stands. It's 2-2!
- GoalMark Uth1. FC Köln
GOAL! Bayern Munich 2-2 Cologne (Mark Uth): I don't believe it! Cologne are level! It's sloppy marking from Upamecano as he loses Uth and the Cologne forward punishes him, finishing Modeste's pinpoint cross with an instinctive shot.
- GoalAnthony Modeste1. FC Köln
GOAL! Bayern Munich 2-1 Cologne (Anthony Modeste): Cologne respond immediately and suddenly it's game on again! It's the perfect cross from Hector and Modeste finishes with a bullet header!
- GoalSerge GnabryFC Bayern Munich
GOAL! Bayern Munich 2-0 Cologne (Serge Gnabry): Gnabry scores his first goal of the season to double Bayern's advantage. It's a beautiful ball in behind the defence from Lewandowski to Muller, who slides a delightful pass to the back post and Gnabry is there to slot it home.
Modeste blazes a shot over from distance. Cologne haven't looked convincing in attack this afternoon at all.
Yes, yes we do.
Close! Cologne should have an immediate equaliser! Modeste races in front of his marker to meet a corner delivery but gets his header all wrong!
- GoalRobert LewandowskiFC Bayern Munich
GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-0 Cologne (Robert Lewandowski): For the 12th consecutive league game, Lewandowski scores! Bayern's lightning start to the second-half is reward with the opening goal. It's the substitute Musiala who creates it, storming down the left flank, dancing past his marker before cutting it back to Lewandowski and he does the rest!
Chance! It's an early opening for substitute Musiala, who receives the pass from Lewandowski on the left side of the penalty area but lifts the shot well over the bar. Bayern are playing with more intensity since the restart.
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Kick-off! Cologne get the ball moving in the second period; will the double switch spark an improvement from Bayern?
- OffTanguy NianzouFC Bayern Munich
- OnJosip StanisicFC Bayern Munich
Subs! Bayern make a double change before the second-half kicks off as Sane and Nianzou make way for Jamal Musiala and Josip Stanisic.
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Half-time: Nil-nil at the break. Chances have been at a premium; this has been a lacklustre performance by Bayern Munich's high standards.
A clever dinked ball from Kimmich into the heart of the penalty area is dying to be finished by Gnabry, but he just can't grow enough to make the connection.
Lewandowski's shot crashes into the arm of Czichos, but it's not going to be a penalty as the Cologne defender was simply using his arms for support.
Ehizibue is in advanced position to swing in a cross but it takes a deflection and lands straight into the gloves of Neuer. A lot of Cologne's build-up play is fine but too often their final ball is lacking.
Bayern failed to score from a direct free-kick last season and their luck doesn't change here as Sane slams it harmlessly into the wall.
Goretzka appears to be fouled in midfield but the referee allows play to continue, as Cologne forge an attack through the middle. However, it comes to nothing. Bayern spring an immediate counter-attack and this time the referee does blow for the free-kick as Gnabry is tripped right on the edge of the box by Hector.
Bayern have misplaced a lot of passes today. Their current accuracy is around 80 per cent; we're used to seeing those statistics in the 88 or 89 per cent range.
No penalty! Davies is in space on the left side of the penalty area but the pass is overhit. Still, he does well to cut back inside and goes down inside the box after pressure from Ehizbue. Is it going to be a spot-kick? No, says the referee, despite appeals from the hosts.
Goretzka tries the spectacular, shooting first-time from range but it doesn't come close to troubling Horn.
Ehizibue goes down and needs to leave the field for treatment.
The free-kick is not so smart as Uth smashes his shot straight into the wall before slicing the rebound.
Free-kick! Clever by Uth as he draws the foul from Sule and wins a free-kick in a really threatening position.
Dangerous attack! After a tepid start, the game threatens to break into life, as Sule spins his marker before landing a shot at goal which Horn has to tip over the bar! This comes after a sustained spell of Bayern pressure.
Kainz is on the chase to reach a long ball over the top but Neuer is off his line quickly.
- Yellow cardDejan Ljubicic1. FC Köln
Yellow card! Ljubicic goes into the book for preventing Bayern from taking a quick free-kick.
Shot! We're still awaiting for a shot to be registered on target, as Sane carves inside before rifling a shot wide of goal.
Whoops! Neuer gets himself into a bit of hot water, failing to control a back pass and forced to concede the corner.
Cologne's task is difficult enough without Skhiri gift-wrapping Bayern a corner following a misplaced pass. Kimmich delivery is deep and Horn, having watched it all the way, punches it clear.
After a bright start, Cologne have resorted to long and hopeless balls out of defence. Bayern have had most of the possession and you feel they're just beginning to get into their rhythm.
Lewandowski has scored in each of his last 21 Bundesliga games with the exception of just one. An incredible record.
Bayern pour forward once more, this time Lewandowski storms down the right before cutting it back to Muller, he's on the slide and can't make a clean connection with his shot as it fizzes well wide.
Wide! An early chance for Bayern to take the lead. Davies races down the left and swings a cross into the middle, Goretzka, having made a late run into the penalty area, pokes a first-time effort wide.
An interesting point to note is that none of Cologne's players on show today have ever won at Bayern Munich.
It has been a busy start for Bayern's new-look defence line as Cologne make a bright opening at the Allianz Arena.
The visitors win the first corner of the game as Upamecano turns Uth's cross behind. Kainz's delivery is punched clear by Neuer.
There are 20,000 supporters in attendance for what should be an intriguing afternoon. Bayern's first attack sees Muller float a cross into the middle, hoping Lewandowski will get on the end of it, but Horn climbs tall to collect.
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Kick-off! Bayern, in their all red kit, get us underway here!
Silence turns into applause at the Allianz Arena in respect of the late, great Gerd Muller.
Tributes are being paid to Gerd Muller ahead of the game after the 75-year-old sadly passed away last week.
Bayern are unbeaten at home in 27 league games, winning 22 of those. Can Cologne pull off a shock result or will Nagelsmann end his own personal quandary and manage a win for the first time since April?
Despite Lewandowski registering on the scoresheet, Bayern started their Bundesliga campaign with a 1-1 draw with Gladbach, a result that will have disappointed Nagelsmann.
Bayern's arch rivals Dortmund suffered defeat yesterday... It's very early in the season but already there appears to be issues with Marco Rose's side.
We're only into the second week of the domestic season but Bayern Munich have already gone and lifted some silverware...
Earlier this weekend, Nagelsmann was asked about reports suggesting that Lewandowski wants to leave the club. His response: "That doesn't bother me at all, if I'm being honest. That is part of the business. If I were not coach at Bayern but at another big club, I would always ask about that name and hope that something would work. It's because he scores a lot and is the most dangerous striker out there. This is completely normal."
Having scored twice in an impressive 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin last week, Florian Kainz is the man to watch for the visitors. Anthony Modeste was also on the scoresheet as new boss Steffen Baumgart started his tenure with a victory. Cologne, however, have lost in their last seven games against Bayern and face an almighty task to get anything today.
TEAMS IN FULL: Bayern XI: Neuer, Sule, Upamecano, Nianzou, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Sane, Müller, Gnabry - Lewandowski.. subs: Ulreich, O. Richards, Choupo-Moting, C. Richards, Sarr, Tolisso, Tillman, Musiala, Stanisic. /// Cologne XI: T. Horn, Ehizibue, Mere, Czichos, Hector, Skhiri, Thielmann, Ljubicic, Uth, Kainz, Modeste.. subs: Urbig, Schmitz, Ozcan, Andersson, Schindler, Duda, Schaub, Lemperle, Ostrak
BAYERN TEAM NEWS: Robert Lewandowski has 14 goals in 15 games against Cologne and will be confident of adding to his tally today as he leads the home side's line. Leroy Sane comes in for Kingsley Coman, who picked up an injury in the Super Cup victory over Dortmund. Manuel Neuer was a doubt but has passed a fitness test to start.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and Cologne. After drawing 1-1 with Mochengladbach last week, Julian Nagelsmann will be targeting his first league victory as boss, as supporters return to the Allianz Arena. Stay with us for the pre-match hype before kick-off in just one hour's time.