And again and again Harry Kane: Despite an unusually short preparation and careless handling of opportunities, Bayern Munich also beat their new favorite rivals 1. FC Cologne and led the Bundesliga table for at least 19 hours. England striker Kane scored the decisive goal in a narrow 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.

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.” 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.

Choupo-Moting instead of Müller

At the beginning of the 12th round, FC at least temporarily slipped to last place. The five remaining preliminary round games against opponents Darmstadt, Mainz, Freiburg, Union Berlin and Heidenheim will now be of fundamental importance.

Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart switched to a three-man squad. The fact that winger Linton Maina became a left-back in the first half was almost as creative as manager Julian Nagelsmann’s move of Kai Havertz into the national team.

Tuchel changed the team in four positions, including Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting in attack. Thomas Muller the. He justified this, among other things, by his strength “in defending standard situations.”

But the Cameroonian player also had the first chance in the 5th minute when he narrowly missed. 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 was denied by Manuel Neuer (10th).

Bayern below expectations

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. 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.

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. 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 did not like the unnecessary shaking, but in the end his team managed to maintain a slight time advantage. (dpa/best)

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