Oct 03, 2016

    Cologne end Bayern's streak, Dortmund slip up at Leverkusen


    BAYERN Munich's perfect Bundesliga start came to a halt when they drew 1-1 with Cologne on Saturday but they still protected their three-point lead after rivals Borussia Dortmund lost 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen.

    The Bavarians, who lost at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in midweek, hit the woodwork three times but failed to make their dominance count, with Cologne protecting their undefeated run.

    Bayern, however, stayed three points clear at the top on 16 after a surprisingly toothless Dortmund conceded one goal in each half to slump to their second loss of the season at Leverkusen and drop to third on 12, level with fourth-placed Cologne.

    "We have not been good in two games but I am confident," Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters.

    "We started the game well, dominated but in the second half Cologne improved.

    "We could have won that game but Cologne also had chances to win it.

    "We can be disappointed but we should not be worried."

    The hosts struggled against the hard-working Cologne defenders for 40 minutes before Joshua Kimmich finally broke the deadlock.

    Thomas Mueller came close to adding another goal four minutes after the restart as did Robert Lewandowski, with Bayern keeping up the pressure.

    But it was Cologne who scored when striker Anthony Modeste timed his run to perfection, taking off inside the box to volley a cross into the back of Manuel Neuer's net for his fifth goal of the campaign.