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Record-breaker Alaba

Facts and stats from the Köln clash

After 73 minutes of Bayern’s 1-1 draw in Cologne, Louis van Gaal rewrote the Bayern record books by bringing on David Alaba, who at the age of 17 years, 8 months and 10 days became the youngest ever player to represent Munich in the Bundesliga. Overall, the enthralling contest threw up a number of intriguing facts and figures. has pored over the match stats and picked out the highlights.

1 - Daniel van Buyten picked up his first yellow card of the season, remarkably late in the campaign for a central defender. The Belgian is one of the least penalised defenders ever to have played for Bayern, with just five yellow cards in 91 league appearances.

5 - Bastian Schweinsteiger, on the other hand, collected his fifth yellow of the season in Cologne. The midfield schemer automatically misses next week’s home meeting with Freiburg.

16 – In terms of shots against the goal frame, Bayern are the unluckiest team in the league. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribéry both hit the woodwork in Cologne, meaning FCB have hit the post or bar 16 times this term, far more than any other team.

17 years, 255 days - David Alaba became the youngest-ever player to represent Bayern in the Bundesliga. The Vienna-born utility man is 10 days younger than Toni Kroos, who made his first league appearance two and a half years ago in September 2007.

18 - Bayern were unable to secure all three points in Cologne, but the title hopefuls maintained their impressive unbeaten record, as Munich avoided defeat for the 18th time in a row. FCB last lost a league match to Hamburg back in September.

35 – The number of crosses sent over by Bayern was their highest single-game total of term at 35. FCB also won the contest on shots (15-11), corners (8-4) and possession (61 percent), although it was even stevens on challenges (FCB 49 percent, Köln 51 percent).

1,425 – No current Germany striker has ever gone so many playing minutes without scoring, but Köln’s Lukas Podolski rectified that situation on Saturday – almost inevitably against his former club. “I’d have preferred him to save it for the next game,” Schweinsteiger ruefully observed.