Bay­ern drop first points

> Cologne’s Modeste scores spec­tac­u­lar equaliser against cham­pi­ons , Dort­mund lose 2-0 at Leverkusen

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

BAY­ERN MU­NICH’S per­fect Bun­desliga start came to a screech­ing halt when they drew 1-1 with Cologne yes­ter­day 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 hard­work­ing Cologne de­fend­ers for 40 minute be­fore Joshua Kim­mich fi­nally broke the dead­lock, div­ing to head in a beau­ti­ful Juan Ber­nat cross for the lead.

Thomas Muller came close to adding an­other goal four min­utes af­ter the restart as did Robert Le­wandowski, with Bay­ern keep­ing up the pres­sure and look­ing to kill off the game.

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.

The hosts were left stunned for a few minute with Cologne try­ing to hit them again on the counter-at­tack and Yuya Osako’s ef­fort was ruled out for off­side.

Cologne keeper Timo Horn made the save of the day when he punched a point-blank Muller vol­ley on to the cross­bar and the Bavar­i­ans also hit the wood­work with a pow­er­ful low drive by Ber­nat five min­utes from time.

The last big chance fell to the vis­i­tors, how­ever, with Si­mon Zoller com­ing ag­o­nis­ingly close to a stop­page-time win­ner as his shot rolled just wide of the post.

Hertha Ber­lin climbed to sec­ond spot on 13 points, af­ter eas­ing past Ham­burg SV 2-0 with two goals from Vedad Ibi­se­vic, who be­came a fa­ther late on Fri­day.

Ham­burg, un­der new coach Markus Gis­dol, have yet to win this sea­son and are in 17th place on just one point.

Dort­mund were a shadow of their at­tack­ing self as mer­cu­rial Leverkusen took a 10th-minute lead through Ad­mir Mehmedi’s header.

Mex­i­can striker Javier Her­nan­dez scored his fifth goal in a week when he slot­ted in a Hakan Cal­hanoglou pass in the 79th to dash any hopes of a Dort­mund come­back and lift his team to seventh place. – Reuters

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