Sat, 28 Feb, 2015, 09:18
Arjen Robben continued his spectacular form by setting up two goals and scoring another to guide the reigning champions Bayern Munich to a 4-1 win over Cologne at the Allianz Arena on Friday and crown celebrations for their 115-year anniversary.
The Bavarians, who have now scored 18 goals in their last three Bundesliga games, extended their lead at the top of the table to 11 points over second-placed VfL Wolfsburg, who travel to in-form Werder Bremen on Sunday.
Bayern started the party with a third-minute goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger who rose high to head in a Robben corner. Franck Ribéry doubled the lead seven minutes later with a low drive through the legs of a defender as Bayern carved through the Cologne defence at will.
However, the visitors pulled one back when Anthony Ujah nodded the ball in on the stroke of half-time.
Bayern struggled in the second half as the hard-working Cologne defence contained them more efficiently, and were almost level when Ujah forced Manuel Neuer to make the save of the game when the Nigerian’s point-blank volley was turned aside by the Germany No1.
The Bundesliga top scorer Robben then settled Bayern nerves with a cleverly placed header at the far post on 67 minutes for his 17th league goal of the season.
Robert Lewandowski made it 4-1 when he chested the ball over the line following another assist from the 31-year-old Robben.
Bayern are now on 58 points with Wolfsburg on 47. Borussia Moenchengladbach are a further 10 points behind in third.
Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund, eyeing a fourth straight win, take on fourth-placed Schalke in the Ruhr Valley derby on Saturday.