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Misfiring Bayern slump at home to Köln

Off-colour Bayern fell 2-1 at home to mid-table Köln on Saturday, the Bavarians' second league defeat in a row and their third in four matches since Christmas.

The 69,000 full house at the Allianz Arena saw the champions open brightly enough, only for Fabrice Ehret to open for the visitors midway through the first half. Matters took a serious turn for the worse when youngster Daniel Brosinski doubled the advantage ten minutes from the end of a nightmare 45 minutes for the champions.

The Köln defence stood firm against Bayern's increasingly desperate attacks for long periods of the second half, and although Daniel van Buyten finally threw his side a lifeline on 84 minutes with a firm header, it was a case of too little and too late on an off day for the champions, who remain fourth in the standings on 38 points from 21 matches.