Sep 27, 2014 at 2.30pm UK at ​RheinEnergieStadion
FC Koln
Bayern Munich
FT(HT: 0-1)
Gotze (19'), Halfar (67' og.)

Result: Bayern Munich beat FC Koln to stay top of Bundesliga

Bayern Munich remain top of the Bundesliga thanks to a 2-0 victory over FC Koln.

Pep Guardiola saw his Bayern Munich side retain their place at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon thanks to a 2-0 win over FC Koln.

Bayern made a bright start to the game, and came close to breaking the deadlock with their first opportunity when Thomas Muller dragged an effort just wide of the post.

They wouldn't wait too much longer for the opener, though, as Mario Gotze fired home from close range in the 19th minute after Muller had volleyed the ball across the box.

Bayern Munich's Spanish defender Xabi Alonso and Bayern Munich's midfielder Thomas Muller celebrate during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Koln vs FC Bayern Munich in Cologne, western Germany on September 27, 2014© Getty Images

Timo Horn was twice forced to prevent Bayern from pulling further ahead in the first half as he blocked a tame effort from Muller, before reacting impressively to get a hand on Arjen Robben's low strike moments later.

Manuel Neuer joined his fellow goalkeeper in making a key contribution before the break, denying both Adam Matuszczyk and Anthony Ujah in the space of a few seconds when the hosts threatened to equalise against the run of play.

Koln continued to make life difficult for the visitors, but their chances of getting back into the game appeared slim as Bayern dominated possession in the early stages of the second half.

The champions doubled their lead with just over 20 minutes remaining when Daniel Halfar inadvertently put Robert Lewandowski's cross into his own net while under pressure from David Alaba at the back post.

It soon became a passing exercise for Bayern as they controlled the closing stages to safely secure all three points.

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola looks on prior to kick-off in the Champions League quarter final match against Manchester United on April 9, 2014
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