German Bundesliga
Köln1. FC Köln0Bayern MunichBayern Munich1

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.



Formation 5-4-1

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


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

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 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


  • 4Tasci
  • 7Ribéry
  • 19Götze
  • 21Lahm
  • 23Vidal
  • 25Müller
  • 26Ulreich
Tobias Welz

Match Stats

Home TeamKölnAway TeamBayern Munich
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München).

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Maroh (1. FC Köln).

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Frederik Sörensen (1. FC Köln).

  11. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Jonas Hector.

  12. Post update

    Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Timo Horn.

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dominique Heintz (1. FC Köln).

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

1Bayern Munich27223265135269
2B Dortmund26194361253661
3Hertha Berlin27146737271048
5B Mgladbach271331154441042
7B Leverkusen2611693733439
14Werder Bremen2777133654-1828
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