Steffen Baumgart opted for an unchanged starting line-up from the win against Hertha BSC.
Julian Nagelsmann made two alterations to the side that began the defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach last week. Manuel Neuer and Corentin Tolisso replaced Sven Ulreich and Malik Tillman.
The early exchanges between both sides were even and there were no major moments for either team to start the game. However, after nine minutes, Bayern’s quality told. A quick break from the Bundesliga champions saw Thomas Müller tee up Robert Lewandowski, who fired past Marvin Schwäbe to open the scoring.
FC responded well and, despite Bayern’s telling pressure, were able to hold up well against Julian Nagelsmann’s side. Anthony Modeste headed goalward after a good move on the right, which was the first real effort of note in the game. As was the case in the ninth minute, it would be the same again midway through the half. An acrobatic one-two from Müller and Corentin Tolisso saw the latter artistically fire into the top corner from 14 yards out.
Towards the end of the first period, FC began to cause Bayern problems. Jonas Hector managed to get free down the left after a clever piece of passing play, though confusion in the middle prevented anyone from getting a clean contact on the ball. A similar pattern produced another chance moments later, only to see Ondrej Duda fire wide from the penalty spot.
The second 45 began as the first ended with a promising FC attack. Florian Kainz crossed for Jonas Hector and his header glanced just past the oncoming players at the back post. Marvin Schwäbe, who had done brilliantly to deny Thomas Müller earlier in the game, produced a similarly important save to keep out Robert Lewandowski.
On the hour mark, Leroy Sané replaced Jamal Musiala and immediately made an impact on the game. He played in Lewandowski and this time the Polish forward remained cool and calm to find the back of the net for the second time. FC responded in kind, as Dejan Ljubicic’s effort was saved superbly by Manuel Neuer and Anthony Modeste’s resulting header landed on top of the goal.
Timo Hübers went closer still as his header cracked against the crossbar from close range as Neuer looked on. Bayern broke with speed from there, as Sané sped forward with the ball glued to his feet. He then slipped Lewandowski through on goal once more and another composed finish meant that the Pole killed the game once and for all.
There is no time to rest for Steffen Baumgart’s men as the next game takes place on Tuesday evening. FC will welcome Hamburger SV to the RheinEnergieSTADION in the DFB-Pokal last 16 with kick-off at 18:30 CET.
1. FC Köln (4-1-3-2): Schwäbe – Schmitz (Ehizibue 81’), Kilian, Hübers, Hector – Özcan – Schaub (Ljubicic 58’), Duda (Thielmann 58’), Kainz – Uth (Schindler 73’), Modeste (Andersson 73’).
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Kimmich, Pavard, Süle, Sabitzer (Richards 75‘) – Roca (Wanner 83‘), Tolisso (Nianzou 75‘) – Gnabry, Müller (Tillman 83‘), Musiala (Sané 60‘) – Lewandowski.
Goals: 0:1, Lewandowski 9‘. 0:2, Tolisso 25’. 0:3, Lewandowski 63’. 0:4, Lewandowski 74’.
Referee: Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden).
Booked: Kilian (9’).
Attendance: 750 (sold-out).