Bayern Munich hosted Cologne at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 5 in the Bundesliga. The Bavarians counted on a massive game from Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who scored once and played a major role in other two, as the hosts beat Cologne 4-0. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski was also one of the great highlights of the Bavarians – as always. He scored twice, as Croatian striker Ivan Perisic scored another one.
With the result, Bayern takes the lead in the national competition. The club has 11 points, one more than Freiburg, Leipzig, Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen. Meanwhile, Bundesliga leaders Leipzig has one game left and will play against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Bayern kicked off the game at home in a very special way as with two minutes on the clock they were already ahead in the scoring. Coutinho was the architect of the play, picking Joshua Kimmich out as the defender fed Lewandowski, who opened the scoring. 1-0.
However, the initial impetuous faded away for a bit as the second goal came out only in the second half. Curiously, also on two minutes into the last stage, and with another assist from Kimmich to Lewandowski, who completed the perfect cross to double the lead.
At 60, Coutinho entered the area and was fouled by Dutch defender Kingsley Ehizibue, who was sent off. The referee awarded the penalty to Bayern, as Philippe Coutinho was going to be the taker. However, the Brazilian had to take it twice. At his first attempt, he scored, but the VAR ruled it out, allowing Bayern’s number 10 with yet another chance. At his second, he slotted it into the top corner, making it 3-0.
A little later, at 72, it was Perisic’s turn to leave his. He received a good pass from Coutinho in a fast counter and completed the Bavarian thrashing past the visitors. 4-0.