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Bayern hold on after a late Cologne push for an equaliser, although they never seriously troubled Neuer's goal. Kane's first-half tap-in was the difference between the teams on the night, the Englishman netting his 18th Bundesliga goal of the season.
We're into the first of three added minutes now.
Largely one-way traffic
As it stands...
Bayern will move top of the table, one point ahead of Leverkusen, who play away to Werder Bremen tomorrow. Cologne, on the other hand, would slip bottom of the standings.
Coman gives it a try
The Frenchman jinks inside from the left and tries to curl a shot towards the far post from the left-hand corner on the box. He strikes it well but doesn't get enough curl on the ball, and it sails wide.
Coman hits the bar!
A corner from Kimmich is glanced on by Goretzka and reaches Coman, whose close-range header hits the crossbar!
Coman again makes mischief down the left, this time getting to the byline and lifting a cross to the back post, where Sané his arriving. His volley looks to be going in but it's blocked for a corner.
Kane heads wide
Coman floats a cross in from the left and finds Kane, whose header floats wide of the far post. It's the striker's first chance of the half.
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Distance run (km)
Mazraoui from distance
The full-back tries his luck from range but his curling effort is blocked for a corner.
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The first substitutions of the game as Cologne bid to reinvigorate their attack. Alidou and Tigges come on for Ljubicic and Selke. No Cologne substitute has scored yet this season - could that change today?
Sané in behind!
A net one-two between Sané and Choupo-Moting releases the former into the Cologne box on the left. He tries to cut it back for Kane, who's unmarked, but a defender just gets a leg in the way to block the pass.
Opening for Maina
Bayern get caught out at the back, with Maina suddenly in space by himself, about 45 yards from goal. Neuer is well off his line, so he could perhaps go for the lob, but he plays it safe and waits for support from a teammate. The visitors eventually get enough numbers back to clear.
Cologne find some rare space as Ljubicic breaks forward. He spreads the ball from left to right to Thielmann, entering the Bayern box on the right. He gets caught between two minds, unsure whether to pass back or take on his marker. He ends up doing neither, with his attempted cross blocked.
Under way again
Kainz and Cologne get the ball rolling once more.
Bayern deservedly ahead
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According to the expected goals (xG) metric, Bayern should have at least two goals by now. They've had plenty of chances to score more, but have just lacked that cutting edge in front of goal.
Neat from Bayern
Nice interplay from Sané and Goretzka on the Bayern left, with the latter's attempted cross cut out before it could cause any danger.
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Luca Kilian Leroy Sané
Superb from Kainz!
The Cologne playmaker curls an outstanding cross into the box from the left, his in-swinging delivery finding Carstensen's run towards the back post. The defender gets a good header on the ball, but Neuer reacts well and makes a good save. That's as good as we've seen from the hosts all game.
Another new record
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Sané goes close!
Choupo-Moting passes from the right into Sané, who is under pressure from a defender. He's only got Schwäbe to beat, but his right-footed shot bobbles just wide of the post.
Bayern were overwhelming favourites to win at kick-off, and even more so now. Can Cologne find a way back?
Points on the way?
Brilliant save from Schwäbe
Bayern look certain to score a second as Sané again torments the Cologne defence. He draws a defender towards him and then passes to Choupo-Moting, whose seemingly goal-bound shot is brilliantly stopped by Schwäbe.
Bayern break forward on the counter, with Sané leading the charge. He slides the ball to his left to Choupo-Moting, who cuts inside and shoots. His effort is cleared off the line but the rebound falls right at the feet of Kane, who is left with the easiest of tap-ins.
Cologne covering more ground
Distance run (km)
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Bayern almost in!
Bayenr break forward and have three players in attack. Sané tries to slip the ball to his right for Choupo-Moting, but Hübers makes a vital interception and clears.
Big save from Neuer!
Cologne get a corner and Kainz's delivery isn't properly cleared. The ball bounces around inside the box and falls to Thielmann, whose thumping shot from close range is well saved by Neuer. It wouldn't have counted anyway, as the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside.
Kane floats an inviting ball over the Cologne defence and suddenly Sané is one-on-one with Schwäbe. It's a tough one to take as the ball is bouncing, and Schwäbe reads Sané's intentions to lob him and paws it clear.
Hübers to the rescue!
Sané gets into space down the left and delivers a low cross into the middle. Kane is lurking unmarked, but Hübers just gets there at full stretch, deflecting the ball wide, with the help of the post.
Wide from Choupo-Moting
Laimer scampers down the right, gets to the byline and crosses the ball into the middle. He finds Choupo-Moting, who turns his marker and angles a shot at goal that rolls just wide of the far post.
Sané almost in
Hübers slips as he tries to pass the ball out from the back and for a brief moment it looks like Sané will have a chance to bear down on goal. The home defence recovers though, and the danger is cleared.
Off we go!
Matchday 12 is under way in Cologne!
In the tunnel
The players are lined up and ready to go. We're moments away from kick-off now!
Three for Cologne
Steffen Baumgart has made three changes to his team in the wake of the 1-1 draw in Bochum on Matchday 11: Heintz, Uth and Waldschmidt all drop to the bench, with Kilian, Ljubicic and Thielmann taking their places.
Four changes for Bayern
Thomas Tuchel has brought in some fresh faces (and legs) following his side's victory over Heidenheim prior to the international break. Choupo-Moting and Coman start in place of Müller and Gnabry, while Kimmich returns from suspension and is joined by Goretzka in central midfield. Sarr and Pavlović make way.
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Cologne starting XI
Schwäbe - Carstensen, Hübers, Kilian, Chabot - Ljubicic, Martel - Thielmann, Kainz (c), Maina - Selke
Köbbing, Schmitz, Heintz, Paqarada, Huseinbašić, Alidou, Waldschmidt, Uth, Tigges
Bayern starting XI
Neuer (c) - Laimer, Upamecano, Kim, Mazraoui - Kimmich, Goretkza - Sané, Choupo-Moting, Coman - Kane
Ulreich, Gnabry, Davies, Sarr, Guerreiro, Müller, Tel, Krätzig, Pavlović
Target area: Cologne's right-hand side?
The Billy Goats have conceded more goals as a result of opposition attacks down their right-hand side (41 per cent) than via any other area of the pitch. Bayern's stats and video analysts are no doubt aware of this, which means Cologne right-back - likely to be Rasmus Carstensen - could be in for a busy night against Bayern wide men Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman.
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It seems highly likely that Kane will have opportunities to add to his tally in this Matchday 12 opener given that Cologne have allowed opposing teams 179 shots at their goal already this season, at an average of 16 per game. Only Gladbach have a more concerning record in this regard (184 shots on their own goal).
Cologne have scored 56 per cent of their goals this season from dead-ball situations, with five of their nine strikes this term arriving from set pieces. That puts them ninth in the league overall; Bayern are top in this category though, with nine.
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Kane coronation awaits!
He's already King Kane for Bayern fans, of course, but the Bundesliga's top marksman can become the sole owner of the tag of highest scoring Englishman in a single season in Germany's top flight if he scores against Cologne. Kane is level on 17 goals with Kevin Keegan and Jadon Sancho, who reached their tallies for Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
"One of our best games"
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After one more international break, we're back with the Bundesliga action this weekend and we kick things off this evening at the always atmospheric RheinEnergieStadion! Will you be cheering on hosts Cologne or champions Bayern?
Tuchel's view on Cologne
Baumgart's view on Bayern
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Bayern were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Cologne last season, but the fact remains they are unbeaten in their previous 18 meetings with the Billy Goats, winning 16.
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