FC Bayern München dropped points for the first time in the Bundesliga under Carlo Ancelotti after being held to a 1-1 draw by 1. FC Köln at the Allianz Arena.
The game was always going to provide Köln with a useful yardstick of how far they have come in recent months, but even they could not have expected to be so comfortably outplayed in the first half. The Billy Goats were on the ropes from the get-go and although visiting goalkeeper Timo Horn was largely untested in the opening 35 minutes, there was a definite air of inevitability about the opening goal when it came, with Joshua Kimmich diving unmarked to meet Juan Bernat's left-wing cross and head a dominant Bayern side into a long-overdue lead.
It looked like being another long half of football for Köln when Bayern substitute Thomas Müller lashed narrowly wide and Javier Martinez headed against the upright in quick succession, but the Billy Goats did not cave and hauled themselves level in the 62nd minute. Anthony Modeste got the goal with a brilliant improvised finish from Marcel Risse's cross, before Yuya Osako had an effort ruled out for offside. Horn pushed a Müller volley onto the woodwork as Bayern turned the screw, but it was Köln who almost nicked the win with substitute Simon Zoller rolling agonisingly wide at the death.
There is never a dull moment in the Bundesliga. A game that had it all will live long in the memory of the Köln fans, but Bayern will feel they should have made more of such a one-sided first-half showing.
- Köln are unbeaten in their last 11 Bundesliga matches dating back to last season.Robben was handed his first Bundesliga start since 5 March 2016.Bernat made his 50th Bundesliga appearance.
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Rafinha, Martinez, Hummels, Bernat - Alonso - Kimmich, Sanches (Vidal 70') - Robben (Müller 46'), Lewandowski, Coman (Alaba 71')
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Köln: Horn - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector - Risse, Höger (Özcan 62'), Lehmann (c), Rausch (Zoller 62') - Osako (Rudnevs 88'), Modeste
Coach: Peter Stöger