Köln
    1. FC Köln
    Final
    03
    FC Bayern
    FC Bayern Munich
    (0:3)
    1. goal
      25'Javi Martínez
    2. goal
      48'Juan Bernat
    3. goal
      90'Franck Ribéry
    1. goal
      25'Javi Martínez
    2. goal
      48'Juan Bernat
    3. goal
      90'Franck Ribéry
      Köln
      1. FC Köln
      Final
      03
      FC Bayern
      FC Bayern Munich
      (0:3)
      1. yellow card
        34'Arturo Vidal
      2. yellow card
        79'Juan Bernat
      1. yellow card
        34'Arturo Vidal
      2. yellow card
        79'Juan Bernat
      1. substitution
        56'Dominic Maroh for Frederik Sörensen
      2. substitution
        63'Artjoms Rudnevs for Christian Clemens
      3. substitution
        73'Milos Jojic for Marco Höger
      Köln
      1. FC Köln
      Final
      03
      FC Bayern
      FC Bayern Munich
      (0:3)
      1. substitution
        52'Franck Ribéry for Douglas Costa
      2. substitution
        73'Joshua Kimmich for Arturo Vidal
      3. substitution
        82'Rafinha for Kingsley Coman
      1. substitution
        52'Franck Ribéry for Douglas Costa
      2. substitution
        56'Dominic Maroh for Frederik Sörensen
      3. substitution
        63'Artjoms Rudnevs for Christian Clemens
      4. substitution
        73'Milos Jojic for Marco Höger
      5. substitution
        73'Joshua Kimmich for Arturo Vidal
      6. substitution
        82'Rafinha for Kingsley Coman
      Köln
      1. FC Köln
      Final
      03
      FC Bayern
      FC Bayern Munich
      (0:3)
      Stadium/AttendanceRheinEnergieStadion, Cologne50000 viewers
      icon

      Spanish duo inspire routine win

      Read article contents
      icon
      Increase size
      icon

      FC Bayern convincingly beat FC Köln 3-0 on Saturday, Javi Martínez scoring the opener midway through the first half before his Spanish compatriot Juan Bernat doubled the lead shortly after half-time. Bayern's defence played a key role on Saturday, Manuel Neuer preventing an early opener with a standout save, two defenders finding the net and Arturo Vidal particularly industrious, turning in an excellent display. Needless to say, Bayern's attackers also had a word to say, and sub Franck Ribéry made it three in the dying embers of the game.

      Many changes, unusual starting midfield

      The German record champions started with Manuel Neuer behind a back four comprising skipper Philipp Lahm, Martínez, David Alaba and Bernat. Vidal and Thiago took up station in front of the rearguard, with Bayern's attacking unit featuring Thomas Müller, wingers Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa and striker Robert Lewandowski.

      Carlo Ancelotti comprehensively shuffled his deck, making five changes to the XI that downed Schalke in the DFB Cup. Full-backs Lahm and Bernat returned, with Alaba deputising as a centre-back. Bayern's attacking midfield had an unfamiliar look featuring trio Müller, Coman and Costa, with Thiago moving to the holding role. Mats Hummels, Rafinha, Ribéry, Arjen Robben and Xabi Alonso gave way to the quintet, starting on the bench. The day was over for Costa shortly after half-time, when he sustained a knock and was replaced by Ribéry before Joshua Kimmich and Rafinha took over from Vidal and Coman.

      Javi opens

      The 50,000 capacity crowd at Cologne's Rheinenergiestadion saw the champions in the driving seat, dominating possession, but finding no space against the home side's deep rearguard in a dour first quarter-hour. Bayern then camped out around their opponents' box, but their siege and a number of corners did not yield any goals. The Bavarians frequently tried to create danger by means of short crosses from the edge of the box, the Rhineland outfit threatening on the break, and Bayern soon had to thank Manuel Neuer, whose world-class save from a fine Osako header kept the scores level.

      Bayern jumped straight back on the throttle, and their positional flexibility proved key when their relentless pressure paid off, Martínez deputising as a centre-forward to tap in a Vidal pass from point-blank range. Coman soon tested Köln netminder Thomas Kessler, who deflected the ball, causing it to roll slowly along the goal-line and evade friend and foe alike before it was finally cleared.

      Juan doubles before Franck seals it

      The pattern was similar after the break, the first chance falling to the Billy Goats when Modeste picked up a bad pass by Bernat, but the Frenchman was closed down by Bayern's attentive rearguard. Ancelotti's troops upped the ante in response, and this time they made their dominance count early on, when a deflection helped Bernat overcome Kessler.

      Danger returned to the Bayern box when Bernat and Osako collided before the ball was cleared. Ancelotti's men kept up the pressure, but failed to create anything of attacking note around the hour-mark before a short spell with Köln dominating proceedings 20 minutes from the end. Lewandowski got hold of the ball barely five yards from goal, but was called offside before Philipp Lahm blocked a Maroh header at the other end. Ribéry rounded off the scoreline when the game was virtually over, crashing home after strong groundwork by Thiago and Bernat.

      The result means Bayern have 56 points from 23 matches, seven clear of RB Leipzig, who drew their match against Augsburg on Friday. The Reds are back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to face Arsenal in the Champions League last sixteen return leg before entertaining Frankfurt in the Bundesliga next Saturday.

      Live match report for fcbayern.comby Greg Salmen

      1. FC Köln - FC Bayern 0-3 (H-T: 0-1)

      1. FC KölnKessler - Olkowski, Sörensen (Maroh 56), Subotic, Rausch - Höger (Jojic 73), Heintz - Clemens (Rudnevs 63), Zoller - Osako, Modeste
      SubsMüller, Klünter, Hartel, Ciftci
      FC BayernNeuer - Lahm, Martínez, Alaba, Bernat - Thiago, Vidal (Kimmich 73) - Coman (Rafinha 82), Müller, Costa (Ribéry 52) - Lewandowski
      SubsUlreich, Hummels, Robben, Alonso
      RefereeDr Jochen Drees (Münster-Sarmsheim)
      Attendance50,000 (capacity)
      Goals0-1 Martínez (25), 0-2 Bernat (48), 0-3 Ribéry (90)
      Yellow cardsVidal (34), Bernat (80)

       


      Topics of this article

      Share this article