BERLIN – Bayern Munich needed a late goal from Joshua Kimmich to salvage a 1-1 home draw against Cologne in the Bundesliga on Tuesday as the 10-time champions were left waiting for their first win of 2023.
In the 90th minute, Kimmich hit a central shot from under the crossbar from about 30 meters.
The visiting team denied the statement of victory after taking the lead in the fourth minute and then repelling all Bayern attacks. But after Colón could only clear the ball off his half, Kimmich brought it back with all the force he could muster from his right boot.
Bayern were looking for their first win of the year after being held to a 1-1 draw at Leipzig the previous Friday in their first game back after the long winter break.
After 10 straight wins in all competitions leading up to the World Cup, Bayern were keen to start another winning streak.
Cologne had started 2023 with a 7-1 loss to Werder Bremen – but Bayern are of a different caliber.
However, Elias Skhiri stunned favorites in Cologne’s opener in the fourth minute, slotting past Alfonso Davies into the far corner to head Julien Chabot’s header from a corner kick.
New Bayern goalkeeper Jan Sommer had to be alert to deny Skhiri the second goal on the counter-attack.
Both coaches responded with two changes at the break and Bayern increased their pressure in the second half – only to be met by a more resolute defence.
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann brought in French striker Matthijs Tel Bedeves on a final punt with eight minutes left in normal time, but it was Kimmich who provided the breakthrough.
Bayern are four points ahead of Leipzig, who beat bottom-placed Schalke 04 6-1 away from home earlier.
Eintracht Frankfurt, Union Berlin and Freiburg can cut Bayern’s lead to three points by winning their matches on Wednesday. Frankfurt hosts Frankfurt and Union visits Bremen.
Also on Tuesday, Hertha Berlin fell deeper into relegation troubles with a 5-0 home defeat by Wolfsburg, just days before hosting rivals Union in the derby.
And while Hertha and Schalke remained mired in the relegation zone, Stuttgart got out of it despite conceding a stoppage-time equalizer against Hoffenheim in a 2-2 draw.
Stuttgart midfielder Nawiru Ahmada Serho Gerassi set up the equalizer for his team in the first half of stoppage time, then Wataru Endo equalized in the 77th minute.
But Ahmada was sent off with a second yellow card for his celebrations, and Andrej Kramaric scored very late – his second of the match – to end Hoffenheim’s run of four consecutive defeats.