Gnabry scores twice as Bayern Munich push past Cologne – .

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Gnabry scores twice as Bayern Munich push past Cologne – .


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Serge Gnabry scored twice as Bayern Munich claimed their first Bundesliga victory this season with a 3-2 win over Cologne on Sunday with all five goals scored in the second half.

Goals from Robert Lewandowski and Gnabry put Bayern up 2-0 just after the break, but Cologne fought back with two goals in as many minutes by Anthony Modeste and Mark Uth.

Gnabry gave Julian Nagelsmann his first Bundesliga victory as a head coach by hitting the winner in the roof 19 minutes before the whistle blows.

Bayern took control of the Allianz Arena when second-half substitute Jamal Musiala, 18, broke through the Cologne defense and replaced Lewandowski in the 50th minute.

The Polish star, who scored a record 41 Bundesliga goals last season, has already scored twice in as many league appearances in 2020/21.

He has now scored in 12 straight Bundesliga games dating back to last season.

Only Bayern legend Gerd Mueller, who died last Sunday at the age of 75, improved the tally, scoring 16 consecutive league games.

Gnabry doubled the lead when he stabbed a Thomas Mueller cross in the 59th minute.

Cologne deserves credit for firing back 2-0 and scoring a minute later.

When Bayern defender Niklas Suele misjudged a cross, Modeste headed a header.

The French veteran then swung a cross in Cologne’s next attack which Uth stabbed at home to equalize.

Gnabry restored the lead to Bayern when he took his place at the edge of the box as his shot went past Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn.

Earlier, former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi scored his fourth goal in three games to seal a Bundesliga point for Union Berlin in their 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim.

Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi (R) scored the equalizer in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim Daniel ROLAND AFP

The 24-year-old, who left Merseyside for good this summer after spending last season on loan in the German capital, equalized with a superb strike early in the second half.

With Union led 2-1, he saved a point two minutes into the second half by coming home on the second attempt after his initial shot was parried.

It capped a golden week for the Nigerian who scored twice and scored a third goal in Thursday’s 4-0 away defeat of Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura in a Europa League qualifying first leg. Conference.

Awoniyi also scored the opening goal in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home against Bayer Leverkusen.

Union took the lead after 10 minutes at Hoffenheim when defender Niko Giesselmann scored on the rebound after his header was blocked.

The hosts roared back as defender Kevin Akpoguma headed the equalizer four minutes later.

Hoffenheim took the half-hour lead when a stunning Andrej Kramaric long ball was greeted by Danish striker Jacob Bruun Larsen, who scored his second goal in as many games before Awoniyi equalized .

Union finished with 10 men as defenseman Marvin Friedrich was sacked in injury time for a second booking. He will now miss next Sunday’s home game against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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