English goalscorer Kane scored the decisive goal in a close 1-0 (1-0) win, scoring his 18th goal of the season (20th minute) and claiming a tenth successive away win in Cologne. The previous success brought Bayern their eleventh consecutive league title 181 days ago.

Kane then praised his team’s “fantastic performance”. “We would have liked to score a few more goals, but we don’t care, we have the win,” the Bundesliga’s top scorer said with a big smile.

Goretzka: “We came here very tired”

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel With international travel on the horizon, from which some Bayern professionals only returned on Thursday, he spoke mockingly beforehand of a “great game plan” and a “sensational schedule.” “We arrived here very smoothly,” admitted Leon Goretzka on DAZN. It is all the more surprising that Tuchel did not make any changes throughout the game.

Contrary to usual practice, his team arrived on match day only by private jet – unlike the 1-2 German Cup defeat to third division side 1. FC Saarbrücken three weeks ago, things went well this time.

At the start of the 12th round, coach Steffen Baumgart’s team dropped to last place, at least temporarily. “The team supports the coach, the coach supports the team. We are doing well, we need to continue working on our plan,” said Cologne’s Jan Thielmann. The five remaining preliminary round games against opponents Darmstadt, Mainz, Freiburg, Union Berlin and Heidenheim will now be of fundamental importance.

BCB uses chances poorly

Eric-Maxime Choupo-Moting, favored by Thomas Muller, missed the visitors’ first chance in the 5th minute with a narrow miss. It was the starting signal for Bayern in a period of extreme pressure.

First, the post saved Cologne defender Timo Hübers from an own goal (6th place), then missed. Leroy Sane FC goalkeeper Marvin Schwebe had a 100% chance when he tried to lift the ball (7th) rather than push it wide. And then Cologne suddenly took a 1-0 lead, Jan Thielmann lost. Manuel Neuer (10th).

The hosts now looked better in the game – and with high spirits ran into a counter-attack: Geoff Chabot headed Choupo-Moting’s shot off the line, but Kane converted the follow-up. “That’s probably one of the easiest goals for me,” Kane said. A minute later the situation almost repeated itself, but Shvebe did not allow Choupo-Moting to make the score 0:2.

Sane, who was again very noticeable despite poor use of opportunities, narrowly missed out again (27th). Although Neuer also had to parry a tricky header from Rasmus Carstensen (31 minutes), Bayern should have been significantly higher at the break.

Coman misses preliminary decision

After the substitution, Cologne became more compact, Bayern, despite increasing possession of the ball, found virtually no gaps and did not have good opportunities for a long time. “When you have international games in your blood, you try to control the game,” Goretzka explained. In the 78th minute, Kingsley Coman had a great chance to make a preliminary decision; his header hit the crossbar.

Three minutes later, the Frenchman missed the ball from a promising position. Coach Tuchel didn’t like the unnecessary shaking, but in the end his team managed to secure a slight time advantage.
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