Bayern Munich 1-1 Cologne: Kimmich’s 90th minute thunderbolt rescues a point for Bundesliga leaders

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Bayern Munich 1-1 Cologne: Joshua Kimmich’s 90th-minute thunderbolt rescues a point for Bundesliga leaders after Serge Gnabry was hooked at half-time in the wake of Paris Fashion Week controversy

Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich thundered in a 90th minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw against Cologne on Tuesday, staying four points clear at the top.

The German champions, chasing a record-extending 11th league crown, had possession but were far less effective than their opponents who looked to be snatching the three points courtesy of Ellyes Skhiri’s fourth minute volley at the far post.

But Kimmich scored with a long-range effort to lift leaders Bayern, who have now drawn their last two league matches, to 36 points.

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Joshua Kimmich’s 90th-minute thunderbolt rescued a point for Bayern Munich

Serge Gnabry was substituted at half-time after a lacklustre display despite Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann warning that he had to start delivering on the pitch in the wake of his controversial trip to Paris Fashion Week.

‘We had to change things after the second half and we dominated after the break. Two points from the last two matches is too little for us,’ said Nagelsmann.

The Bavarians had also drawn 1-1 against RB Leipzig last week.

Kimmich lashed a 25-year drive past Cologne goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe in the 90th minute

Kimmich lashed a 25-year drive past Cologne goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe in the 90th minute

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‘We had chances but we had to use at least one of them. Cologne defended with many players in the last 25 minutes,’ Nagelsmann said. ‘It is good to have 15 shots towards goal but we are happy when we start scoring more than just one.’

Leipzig, 6-1 winners against Schalke 04, are in second place on 32. Eintracht Frankfurt, third on 30, take on Freiburg on Wednesday.

Buoyed by last week’s 7-1 demolition of Werder Bremen, Cologne were sharper throughout the first half and a step faster to the ball, keeping Bayern, who face Paris St Germain in the Champions League last 16 next month, well away from their box.

Ellyes Skhiri gave Cologne a surprise lead in the fourth-minute on Tuesday night

Ellyes Skhiri gave Cologne a surprise lead in the fourth-minute on Tuesday night

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Skhiri volleyed home at the far post to beat Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer

Skhiri volleyed home at the far post to beat Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer

The Bavarians, who sacked goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic on Monday, a close friend of injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, completely dominated after the break.

Despite the one-sided traffic could not find a way to score for much of the second half.

Substitute Thomas Mueller had their best chance but Marvin Schwaebe tipped his 80th-minute header over the bar. The keeper was beaten, however, when Kimmich’s missile went in off the bar in the last minute. 

Serge Gnabry was substituted at half-time to cap a difficult week for the Germany winger

Serge Gnabry was substituted at half-time to cap a difficult week for the Germany winger

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