Bayern Munich will head into the international break at the top of the table, but they had a battle on their hands to stay there. In front of a packed and loud Allianz Arena, the Bavarians were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against FC Köln.
The battle of the unbeatens was an exciting affair, with both sides coming away with their fair share of opportunities and chances to win the game. However, at least to start, the match was being dictated exclusively by the one and only Arjen Robben.
Every attack Bayern had for the first half went through the Dutchman. His ability to beat players with speed was on full display, and the Köln defense had no answer for him. Still, in this sport you can’t win games by yourself, and Robben struggled to find help in the offensive third to finish any of his mazy runs.
Bayern got on the board just before halftime through the head of Joshua Kimmich. Juan Bernat, who was Bayern’s best player throughout the match, crossed the ball into the box, and Kimmich caught a diving header at the near post to beat Timo Horn and give Bayern the lead.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men went into the break full of confidence after a pretty quality first half. However, the lack of quality chances began to frustrate Bayern, and this allowed Köln the opportunity to come right back in the game.
Finally, around the hour mark, Köln decided that it was time for them to attack. After sitting back and absorbing pressure for the majority of the match, they struck. Marcel Risse’s cross on the counter appeared that it was going to be too high for Anthony Modeste to get to. However, the French forward jumped and hit the ball while in the Bundesliga pose, wrong-footing Manuel Neuer for the goal.
Both sides began to attack at will after the Köln goal with one of the best chances of the match falling to Thomas Müller. He volleyed a corner kick at goal, but Horn was able to deflect it off the post and keep it out.
In the dying seconds of the match, it looked like Köln would find the winning goal after a breakaway that left Simon Zoller one on one with Neuer. However, Zoller put his shot just wide of the post, keeping the score level.
It’s another worrying performance from Bayern after a few weeks of concern. Still, being top of the table after the first six matches is a good thing.
When the clubs return from the international break, Bayern will take the field on October 15 away to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bayern Munich 1-1 FC Köln
Bayern: Kimmich (41)
Köln: Modeste (65)
Bayern XI: Neuer – Rafinha, Martinez, Hummels, Bernat – Kimmich, Alonso, Sanches (Vidal 70) – Coman (Alaba 70), Lewandowski, Robben (Müller 45)
Köln XI: Horn - Sörensen, Mavjraj, Heintz, Hector - Risse, Höger (Ozcan 62), Lehmann, Rausch (Zollr 62) - Modeste, Osako (Rudnevs 88)