Niko Kovac opted for two changes after Bayern’s 3:0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday. That saw Thiago and Kingsley Coman drop to the bench, with Jerome Boateng and Serge Gnabry given the starting nod.
Achim Beierlorzer made three changes following the defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Birger Verstraete, Louis Schaub and Anthony Modeste dropped out of the starting eleven, as Marco Höger, Kingsley Schindler and Florian Kainz came into the starting side.
Things got off to the worst possible start for FC. After Joshua Kimmich flashed an effort just wide, Bayern opened the scoring just three minutes into the game. Philippe Coutinho managed to find space through the middle, and slipped Robert Lewandowski in on goal. The Pole charged through and Sebastiaan Bornauw got something on the ball, but that took it over Timo Horn and in.
While FC began to find their feet in the game, Bayern continued to look dangerous. Coutinho fired a free-kick against the post from the edge of the box, while Rafael Czichos put in a superb last-ditch challenge to deny Ivan Perisic’s effort. After the early onslaught, Achim Beierlorzer’s side looked positive in wide areas and caused Bayern issues.
That continued up until the final minutes, too. Two fine passes into the channels allowed Jhon Cordoba the chance to make something happen, but his fierce efforts were narrowly the wrong side of the far post. Bayern had a late opening through Lewandowski, though his lob went over the bar after rounding Timo Horn. Despite being behind at the break, FC had responded well.
Despite all the good play at the end of the first period, Bayern came out of the break strongest and marked it with a goal. Once again, it was three minutes after the start of the half. Joshua Kimmich’s corner was swung onto the penalty spot, and Robert Lewandowski rose highest to head into the bottom corner. Once again, Timo Horn was helpless.
Unfortunately for FC, things failed to pick up from there. As Bayern broke through on goal, Kingsley Ehizibue commited a costly foul and was sent off for his troubles. Philippe Coutinho’s first penalty was chalked off by VAR, but he slotted home the rebound. Joshua Kimmich then clipped the post as Bayern looked to make their man advantage count.
The hosts continued to come forward and 10 minutes later, Bayern had a fourth. A quick counter saw Niko Kovac’s side break forward with pace, and Ivan Perisic was on hand to apply the finish on the left hand side. FC continued to try and forge a way forward but there was no way past the Bayern back-line. FC take on Hertha BSC next Sunday at the RheinEnergieSTADION at 18:00 CEST.
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Pavard, Süle, J. Boateng (Javi Martinez 59‘), Hernandez – Kimmich (Cuisance 71‘), Tolisso – Gnabry, Coutinho, Perisic – Lewandowski (Müller 72‘).
1. FC Köln (4-2-3-1): Horn – Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Hector – Skhiri, Höger (Bader 79‘) – Schindler, Drexler, Kainz (Meré 65‘) – Cordoba (Terodde 72‘).
Goals: 0:1, Lewandowski 3’. 0:2, Lewandowski 48’. 0:3, Coutinho (PEN) 62’. 0:4, Perisic 73’.
Referee: Patrick Ittrich (Hamburg).
Bookings: Boateng (31’), Hernandez (67’), Martinez (74’), Cuisance (83’).
Sent-off: Ehizibue (59’).
Attendance: 75,000 (sold-out).