Philippe Coutinho scored Bayern Munich first goal and a brace from Robert Lewandowski moved the German giants to second position in the Bundesliga with a 4-0 defeat of 10-man Cologne on Saturday.
Lewandowski successfully positioned Bayern Munich ahead with just 150 seconds gone at the Allianz Arena after Joshua Kimmich divided the Cologne defense. He further plus the hosts’ lead with a well aimed header from a corner at the start of the season half to take his league bang to nine in five matches.
Coutinho who came on loan from Barcelona, converted a penalty on the hour at the second attempt, after Lewandowski gave the Brazilian the chance despite being on a hat-trick.
“It was a spontaneous decision, we didn’t talk about it before the game. It was important for him here at the Allianz Arena, for the future and his confidence. He is a great player and we must all help him.” Lewandowski about giving Coutinho the spot-kick.
Kingsley Ehizibue was flashed red card before the penalty for roughly bringing down Coutinho in the area when the Brazilian was one-on-one with Cologne stopper Timo Horn. Coutinho put-up a powerful display by setting up Ivan Perisic to slot the final goal on 73 minutes as Bayern Munich moved from fourth.
Lewandowski also scored in the mid-week Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade, bringing all his goals to 11 in all competition, with each games seeing at least one goal. He records the first scorer in the first five Bundesliga matches since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Borussia Dortmund four years back.
Bayern Munich briefly climbed the score table before RB Leipzig over took them in first place despite finishing with ten men in their 3-0 win at Werder Bremen.
A first-half header by defender Willi Orban and a stunning free-kick by playmaker Marcel Sabitzer saw Leipzig go 2-0 up before midfielder Konrad Laimer was dismissed from the field for a second yellow card offence for the last 26 minutes.
Leipzig got a late third when Germany striker Timo Werner sparked an attack finished by Uruguay substitute Marcelo Saracchi to score his first goal since joining from Argentinian side River Plate.
Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from their shock Champions League defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow in mid-week with a 2-0 win over Union Berlin.