Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry both scored twice as Bayern Munich won 5–1 in Cologne on Saturday to gain a five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Erik Maxim Choupo-Motting extended his league tally to 28 goals this season as the league’s top scorer, before Bayernowski led Bayern.
Garnaby came off the bench to claim two late goals behind closed doors at Allianz Arena in his first appearance as Bayern’s club in Qatar tore a thigh muscle in their World Cup final victory.
Second-placed RB Leipzig could trim Boren’s lead later at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Bayern had taken just one point from their last two matches and coach Hansie Flick took the side with just one change – four-moting – to Kingsley Coman, who routed Lazio 4–1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Bayern quickly took a 2–0 lead through Chowpo-Moting and Lewandowski and Leon Gortzka played a big role in both goals.
After swimming in a cross leading to a four-mopping home in 18 minutes, Gortzka won the award by teaming up with Lewandowski to open the Cologne defense.
However, Cologne fought back their bid to claim the first win in Munich after February 2011.
Midfielder Allis Scurry, who scored both goals in Cologne’s 2–1 win at Dortmund last November, pulled Manuel Neuer back by one goal a minute after the break.
The flick nerves any kind of nerve by bringing Thomas Müller for his first appearance in a fortnight after testing positive for Kovid-19.
A minute after arriving, Muller’s pass split the Cologne defense and found Lewandowski, who restored a two-goal pillow for 65 minutes.
A terrible mistake by Nair outside his own zone made Bayern’s goal inaccessible, but Cologne midfielder Dominic Drexler could only achieve the post.
When he just failed to connect with Lucas Hernández’s cross, Lewandowski got into a hat-trick.
Grabtree took it into his own hands after a superb pass from Görtzka with both of his goals coming in the final ten minutes.
Wortsburg sits third after a 2–0 home win over Hertha Berlin, whose defender Lucas Cluenter swung the ball into his own net before Maxens Lacroix gave the hosts a second score.
Wolfsburg defender Marin Pongrasic was left for extra time for a second booking.
England winger Jadon Sancho converted a penalty and Brazilian midfielder Reynier scored his first goal for the club, as Dortmund finished fifth with a 3–0 home win over Armenia Bewfeld.
Japan’s midfielder Wartu Ando scored his first two Bundesliga goals in the bottom of Stuttgart as Skalake’s 5–1 goal, with Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb saving the second half penalty.
On Friday, fourth-placed Intracht Frankfurt defeated Vader Bremen 2–1 at the end of their 11-match unbeaten run, which led to a winning goal by 20-year-old American star Josh Sargeant.
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