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2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Dominick Drexler (82')
  • Thomas Müller (13' PEN)
  • Serge Gnabry (45'+1')

Bayern go top of the table with 2-1 win at Cologne

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Bayern survive late scare to go top (1:29)

Bayern Munich beat Cologne 2-1 to go top of the table. Watch Bundesliga on ESPN+. (1:29)

Champions Bayern Munich won 2-1 at Cologne on Saturday with goals from Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry returning them to the Bundesliga summit as coach Hansi Flick rested top scorer Robert Lewandowski.

The Bavarians, who are in action against Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday and also face Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga next week, are on 15 points, ahead of Dortmund on goal difference.

RB Leipzig are stuck on 13 points after suffering their first league loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Lewandowski's absence was hardly felt with the visitors in control from the start despite Flick's rotation that also saw Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman rested.

They earned a 13th-minute penalty when Gnabry headed the ball onto Marius Wolf's arm.

In Lewandowski's absence Mueller stepped up to score his fourth goal of the season with a well-placed spot kick as he equalled former keeper Oliver Kahn's club record for most victories (260).

Gnabry then got onto the scoresheet himself with a strong run down the wing and a powerful left-footed effort in first-half stoppage time to seal their fourth straight league win.

"We did not have the feeling that we were very solid," Gnabry said.

"We lost possession far too often in the second half. It was not our best game today but at the end we have the three points and we are happy."

Cologne hardly ventured forward after the break and Bayern eased off, with second-half substitutions taking the pace out of the game.

The hosts did score with Dominick Drexler's deflection to cut the deficit in the 82nd minute but couldn't challenge for an equaliser.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 24 +37 55
2 RB Leipzig 24 +26 53
3 VfL Wolfsburg 24 +17 45
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 +14 43
5 Bayer Leverkusen 24 +16 40
6 Borussia Dortmund 24 +15 39
7 FC Union Berlin 24 +10 35
8 SC Freiburg 24 -1 34
9 VfB Stuttgart 24 +8 33
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 24 +3 33
11 TSG Hoffenheim 24 -2 30
12 Werder Bremen 23 -6 27
13 FC Augsburg 24 -13 26
14 FC Cologne 24 -20 22
15 Hertha Berlin 24 -15 21
16 Arminia Bielefeld 23 -23 19
17 Mainz 24 -21 18
18 Schalke 04 24 -45 10