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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich beat FC Koln to go eight points clear

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski has scored 36 goals for Bayern Munich in all competitions this season - plus another six for Poland

Robert Lewandowski's 25th Bundesliga goal of the season kept Bayern Munich on course for a fourth successive domestic title as they won at Cologne.

The striker beat keeper Timo Horn with an angled shot after Dominique Heintz half-cleared a Thiago Alcantara cross.

Anthony Modeste and Leonardo Bittencourt came close to an equaliser late in the second half.

But Pep Guardiola's side held on and sit eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund, who visit Augsburg on Sunday.

Guardiola rested Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Frank Ribery and Arturo Vidal following Wednesday's 4-2 Champions League round of 16 second-leg extra-time victory over Juventus.

With Mario Gotze also on the bench, it meant that Bayern had three World Cup winners, a Copa America winner and a Ballon d'Or runner-up to turn to if things turned sour.

There seemed little danger of that as the German champions opened the scoring after nine minutes with their first shot on target.

Poland international Lewandowski's finish was his 42nd in all competitions for club and country this season - while his Bundesliga total of 25 is his highest league tally in one campaign.

With Bayern happy to hold on to their lead, Cologne started to create chances in the second half, and could even have snatched a draw had striker Modeste shown more poise in front of goal.

The Frenchman's best chance came on 73 minutes, but David Alaba was able to block his follow-up effort after Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had only half saved his initial shot from Marcel Risse's inch-perfect pass.

Bittencourt then almost netted with the final kick off the match, but Neuer made a sprawling stop to secure a 17th clean sheet from 27 league matches.

Line-ups

Köln

  • 1Horn
  • 4SörensenBooked at 89mins
  • 5Maroh
  • 19Mavraj
  • 3Heintz
  • 14Hector
  • 7Risse
  • 33LehmannSubstituted forMladenovicat 85'minutes
  • 31GerhardtSubstituted forOsakoat 62'minutes
  • 21Bittencourt
  • 27Modeste

Substitutes

  • 8Jojic
  • 13Osako
  • 15Hosiner
  • 16Olkowski
  • 25Mladenovic
  • 29Svento
  • 37Mesenhöler

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 32Kimmich
  • 27Alaba
  • 18Bernat
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forVidalat 54'minutes
  • 29Coman
  • 20RodeSubstituted forLahmat 78'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Douglas CostaSubstituted forRibéryat 72'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 4Tasci
  • 7Ribéry
  • 19Götze
  • 21Lahm
  • 23Vidal
  • 25Müller
  • 26Ulreich
Referee:
Tobias Welz
Attendance:
49,600

Match Stats

Home TeamKölnAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home24%
Away76%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home21
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, 1. FC Köln 0, FC Bayern München 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1. FC Köln 0, FC Bayern München 1.

Attempt saved. Leonardo Bittencourt (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcel Risse.

Hand ball by Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München).

Attempt missed. Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Robert Lewandowski.

Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Maroh (1. FC Köln).

Booking

Frederik Sörensen (1. FC Köln) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frederik Sörensen (1. FC Köln).

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Jonas Hector.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Timo Horn.

Attempt saved. Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara.

Booking

Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München).

Leonardo Bittencourt (1. FC Köln) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Köln. Filip Mladenovic replaces Matthias Lehmann.

Offside, 1. FC Köln. Leonardo Bittencourt tries a through ball, but Yuya Osako is caught offside.

Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dominique Heintz (1. FC Köln).

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthias Lehmann (1. FC Köln).

Offside, 1. FC Köln. Jonas Hector tries a through ball, but Anthony Modeste is caught offside.

Offside, 1. FC Köln. Mergim Mavraj tries a through ball, but Anthony Modeste is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Philipp Lahm replaces Sebastian Rode.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Bittencourt (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Marcel Risse.

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München).

Dominic Maroh (1. FC Köln) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frederik Sörensen (1. FC Köln).

Attempt blocked. Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Franck Ribéry replaces Douglas Costa.

Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Bittencourt (1. FC Köln).

Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yuya Osako (1. FC Köln).

Attempt missed. Marcel Risse (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Thiago Alcántara (FC Bayern München).

Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Köln. Yuya Osako replaces Yannick Gerhardt.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 19th March 2016

  • Köln1. FC Köln0Bayern MunichBayern Munich1
  • HamburgHamburg SV1Hoffenheim1899 Hoffenheim3
  • Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin2IngolstadtFC Ingolstadt1
  • Werder BremenWerder Bremen1MainzMainz 051
  • WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg1DarmstadtDarmstadt 981
  • FrankfurtEintracht Frankfurt1HannoverHannover 960

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich27223265135269
2B Dortmund26194361253661
3Hertha Berlin27146737271048
4Schalke2713593935444
5B Mgladbach271331154441042
6Mainz27125103533241
7B Leverkusen2611693733439
8Wolfsburg2710893934538
9Köln2789102834-633
10Ingolstadt2789102331-833
11Stuttgart2695124352-932
12Hamburg2787123138-731
13Darmstadt27610112841-1328
14Werder Bremen2777133654-1828
15Augsburg2669113240-827
16Hoffenheim2769123043-1327
17Frankfurt2769122943-1427
18Hannover2752202249-2717
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