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Bayern drop first points

Bayern Munich's perfect Bundesliga start came to a screeching halt when they drew 1-1 with visiting Cologne yesterday after winning their first five matches of the season.

The Bavarian giants, who lost to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in midweek, hit the woodwork three times and controlled the game but failed to make their dominance count, with Cologne protecting their undefeated run this season.

Bayern struggled against the hard-working Cologne defenders for 40 minutes before Joshua Kimmich dived to head in a beautiful Juan Bernat cross for the lead.

But Cologne equalised in the 63rd minute when striker Anthony Modeste timed his run to perfection, taking off inside the box to volley a cross into the back of Manuel Neuer's goal for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Bayern moved up to 16 points, with Hertha Berlin second on 13, after easing past Hamburg 2-0 with two goals from Vedad Ibisevic. - Reuters.

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