FC Bayern also dropped points in the second game after the World Cup break. On the last day of the first half of the season, the Munich team couldn’t get past 1-1 (0-1) against 1. FC Köln.
FC Bayern Munich – 1. FC Cologne: The analysis
Nagelsmann relied on the same eleven that made the “autumn championship” clear early on Saturday. As in the 1-1 draw in Leipzig, his team acted in a kind of 2-3-5 system when in possession, in which Goretzka positioned himself on a line with Musiala and the two full-backs moved in.
Baumgart made two changes compared to the 7-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen and was able to celebrate for the first time after a few minutes as Skhiri slipped away from the inattentive FCB defense after a corner kick (4′).
As the game went on, Bayern managed to gain control – despite the clear majority of ball possession (around 75 percent), there were no clear chances. Striking: Choupo-Moting kept falling between the two FC four in order to be able to take part in the game.
At the same time, the courageous guests had good counterattack opportunities, which is why Cologne was twice closer to 2-0 than the hosts were 1-1. Shortly before the half-time whistle, Pavard had the best opportunity for Munich to equalize (44th).
Nagelsmann made two changes in the second half: Gravenberch, somewhat surprisingly, replaced the best FCB player to date with Goretzka and Coman replaced the hapless Gnabry. As a result, Bayern became much more compelling in their attacks, but failed several times at FC goalkeeper Schwäbe.
However, Bayern’s big final offensive was a long time coming – even Müller’s substitution (68th) changed nothing. Shortly before the end, however, Kimmich scored from around 30 meters for a not undeserved but happy equalizer.
FC Bayern Munich – 1. FC Cologne: The data for the game
Gates: 0-1 Skhiri (4′), 1-1 Kimmich (90′)
The star of the game: Marvin Schwäbe (1. FC Cologne)
For the second time this season with at least five saves. The FC keeper defused several good chances for Munich. He responded brilliantly to Pavard’s shot just before half-time and after the restart against Coman (54′). Also extremely strong with Müller’s header chance (79th). No chance at Kimmichs Hammer. An application for larger tasks.
The flop of the match: Jamal Musiala (FC Bayern Munich)
Is the 19-year-old slipping into the first form crisis of his young career? After a poor appearance in Leipzig, Musiala also disappointed against Cologne. Repeatedly got stuck with his dribbles and didn’t emit a goal threat. Also on the left side, where he acted after Coman came on, he hardly managed anything.
The referee: Tobias Stieler
The referee had no problems whatsoever with the largely fair game. In critical situations, he took the right measures.