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Bayern Munich: Kimmich saves draw against Cologne


The number one in the Bundesliga is in crisis. For a team that is expected to win most games convincingly, FC Bayern Munich only managed a disappointing draw against FC Köln on Tuesday evening.

So far, FC Bayern has had a bad start to the new year. The league-leader saved a fortunate 1-1 draw against brutal FC Köln only after a powerful shot from Joshua Kimmich went into the net in the 90th minute.

Three weeks before the UEFA Champions League match against Paris St. Germain, coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team is desperately trying to find its form.

Second 1-1 draw in a row

Cologne was able to grab the momentum of the impressive 7-1 win against Bremen and took the lead in the fourth minute through Ellyes Skhiri. German footballer Kimmich equalized late, after an earlier failed attempt. Now Bayern’s lead in the league ahead of their clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday can be cut to just three points.

Nagelsmann made no changes to his starting eleven after the 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig at the start of the year. For world champion Thomas Müller there was only a place on the bench until the 68th minute.

Bayern Munich, who fired goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic on Monday I immediately felt busy. After a corner from Florian Kainz and a header from Julian Chabot, Skhiri was wide at the far post. New Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer was powerless when Skhiri made it one-nil.

Bayern took more initiative, but the wild actions often lacked precision, determination and idea. As in Leipzig, Joshua Kimmich was not the usual pacesetter. Little came from Jamal Musiala, nor from Serge Gnabry. After his controversial short trip to Paris Fashion Week on Sunday, the Nationallf The player was in the limelight mainly because his journey sparked resentment from fans.

Nagelsmann replaced the weak Gnabry and Leon Goretzka with Kingsley Coman and Ryan Gravenberch. Both brought some momentum. But Schwäbe was initially the spoilsport against Matthijs de Ligt, Coman and Thomas Müller (79th), who came on as a substitute.

Cologne defended their small lead for 90 minutes, plunging into every ball. There was no relief at all, especially in the second half. Cologne with zero shots on target in this half. Bayern had 15. And one of them was a hammer blow from Kimmich from long range, which was unstoppable.

The fact that the goal came in the 90th minute ended it bitterly for Cologne. Nevertheless, taking the point is a great achievement. And Bayern will be angry that it was not enough for more.

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