Bay­ern drop first Bun­desliga points

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Cologne be­came the first side to stay un­de­feated against Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Bun­desliga this sea­son, work­ing hard to come from be­hind and snatch a 1-1 draw yes­ter­day.

Cologne is un­beaten in its last 11 games go­ing back to last sea­son, while Bay­ern dropped points for the first time this sea­son to fol­low Wed­nes­day's 1-0 de­feat at Atletico Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League.

"We're dis­ap­pointed but don't need to worry. We shouldn't for­get that our start to the sea­son was re­ally good," said Carlo Ancelotti, the only Bay­ern coach to win his first eight matches. "The last two games weren't good, but I've huge trust in my play­ers."

An­thony Modeste claimed the vis­i­tors' equal­izer with just un­der half an hour re­main­ing, time enough for Bay­ern to twice hit the post in a fre­netic fi­nale.

Bay­ern's Joshua Kim­mich con­tin­ued his re­mark­able re­cent form by break­ing the dead­lock five min­utes be­fore the break. The mid­fielder scored with a div­ing header to Juan Ber­nat's cross for his third league goal, and his fifth in six games across all com­pe­ti­tions.

Bay­ern went close again in the sec­ond half when Javi Martinez struck the post af­ter a cor­ner, be­fore Modeste stunned the home fans with the equal­izer, stretch­ing ac­ro­bat­i­cally to reach Mar­cel Risse's cross from the right and lift the ball over the de­spair­ing Manuel Neuer.

Ancelotti re­acted by send­ing on Ar­turo Vi­dal and David Alaba with 20 min­utes re­main­ing but it was the vis­i­tors who next had the ball in the net through Yuya Osako. He was off­side, how­ever.

Then half­time sub­sti­tute Thomas Mueller drew a bril­liant re­flex save from Timo Horn at the other end, the Cologne 'keeper push­ing his ef­fort onto the post.

Near the end, Ber­nat struck the left post for Bay­ern, and Cologne's Si­mon Zoller was ag­o­niz­ingly wide of the far post in in­jury time.

BAYER LEVERKUSEN 2, BORUS­SIA DORT­MUND 0

Dort­mund could have closed to within a point of Bay­ern but failed to take ad­van­tage of the leader's slip-up and slumped to its sec­ond de­feat.

Ad­mir Mehmedi headed the home side in front early from a poorly de­fended cor­ner and while Dort­mund showed greater ur­gency af­ter the break, it wasn't un­til the 73rd minute that Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang re­ally tested Leverkusen 'keeper Bernd Leno.

Javier "Chichar­ito" Her­nan­dez killed off the vis­i­tors' hopes with his fifth goal of the sea­son min­utes later.

HERTHA BER­LIN 2, HAM­BURGER SV 0

Markus Gis­dol's ten­ure at Ham­burg got off to a bad start in Ber­lin, where Vedad Ibi­se­vic cel­e­brated the birth of his daugh­ter the night be­fore by scor­ing twice to take Hertha sec­ond, three points be­hind Bay­ern.

The Bos­nian striker stopped Alexan­der Ess­wein's de­flected ef­fort with his left foot and prod­ded it home with his right be­fore the half-hour mark, and sealed the win with his fifth goal of the sea­son with 20 min­utes re­main­ing.

Hertha 'keeper Rune Jarstein ear­lier pro­duced an out­stand­ing save to push for­mer Hertha for- ward Pierre La­sogga's free kick onto the cross­bar.

Gis­dol took over on Mon­day from Bruno Lab­ba­dia, sacked the day be­fore af­ter Ham­burg took just one point from the open­ing five games. It's now six af­ter five con­sec­u­tive de­feats.

Also, Vin­cenzo Grifo scored early for Freiburg to beat vis­it­ing Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt 1-0, Hof­fen­heim won at In­gol­stadt 2-0, and Werder Bre­men drew at Darm­stadt 2-2.

Dort­mund's Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, cen­ter, and Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah, right

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