Cologne 1-4 Bayern Munich: Three early goals help champions go top

Bayern Munich scored three times in the opening 12 minutes as they blew away Cologne to go back to the top of the Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowski smashed into the roof of the net and Kingsley Coman then slotted home from 12 yards – both from Thomas Muller passes.

Serge Gnabry expertly drilled home from the edge of the box in Bayern’s best start to a Bundesliga game since 1973.

Gnabry curled home from the edge of the area before Mark Uth pulled one back.

Cologne caused Bayern plenty of problems in the closing moments but could not stop Bayern overtaking RB Leipzig by one point at the top.

Lewandowski is only the second player to score 23 Bundesliga goals in the opening 22 games of a season.

Bayern legend Gerd Muller reached that figure three times (26 in 1967-70, 23 in 1971-72 and 24 in 1972-73).

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Köln

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Bayern Munich

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Match Stats

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Match ends, 1. FC Köln 1, FC Bayern München 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, 1. FC Köln 1, FC Bayern München 4.

Foul by Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern München).

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

Attempt missed. Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Sebastiaan Bornauw (1. FC Köln) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Florian Kainz with a cross following a corner.

Corner, 1. FC Köln. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.

Attempt saved. Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Florian Kainz.

Attempt saved. Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Serge Gnabry.

Attempt saved. Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ellyes Skhiri.

Leon Goretzka (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rafael Czichos (1. FC Köln).

Lucas Hernández (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Uth (1. FC Köln).

Attempt missed. Mark Uth (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dominick Drexler with a cross.

Booking

Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München).

Florian Kainz (1. FC Köln) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Köln. Anthony Modeste replaces Jhon Córdoba.

Attempt missed. Corentin Tolisso (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Leon Goretzka replaces Kingsley Coman.

Booking

Sebastiaan Bornauw (1. FC Köln) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sebastiaan Bornauw (1. FC Köln).

Attempt saved. Jhon Córdoba (1. FC Köln) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Timo Horn.

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

Foul by Benjamin Pavard (FC Bayern München).

Florian Kainz (1. FC Köln) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Florian Kainz (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Benno Schmitz.

Substitution

Substitution, 1. FC Köln. Benno Schmitz replaces Ismail Jakobs.

Attempt missed. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Goal!

Goal! 1. FC Köln 1, FC Bayern München 4. Mark Uth (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Florian Kainz.

Attempt saved. Mark Uth (1. FC Köln) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corentin Tolisso (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ismail Jakobs (1. FC Köln).

Goal!

Goal! 1. FC Köln 0, FC Bayern München 4. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alphonso Davies.

David Alaba (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Uth (1. FC Köln).

Lucas Hernández (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln).

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