Bayern 3-2 Köln: Gnabry, Musiala shine in a thrilling win | Bundesliga 2021-22

Alphonso Davies and Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich
Alphonso Davies and Serge Gnabry of Bayern Munich

Bayern registered their first win in Bundesliga after edging out FC Köln 3-2 at home.

Bayern Munich registered their first win in the Bundesliga this season after defeating Koln 3-2.

Following a disappointing draw against Gladbach on the opening matchday, Julian Nagelsmann’s men were desperate to open their account against what looked like a less competent Koln side on paper.

As it turned out, the visitors were up to the task and prevented Bayern from creating any sort of danger in the first half.

The second was more intense as Bayern went 2-0 up quickly after goals from Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry. But the lead was only short-lived as Cologne responded with back to back goals to keep the game all square.

However, Gnabry doubled his goal tally through a thunderous strike and also helped Bayern pick up their first league of the season. Here are the three talking points from the attack.

Gnabry rises to the occasion.

Serge Gnabry has been pivotal to the Bavarians in recent years and he is off the mark this season with a bang. The 26-year-old caused all sorts of problems to Cologne’s defence and his efforts paid off when he racked up two goals. The winning strike was something special as Gnabry fired in a thunderous strike, leaving no chance for the opponent goalkeeper.

Musiala’s impactful second half

Leroy Sane was such a disappointment in the first half as he looked like a fish out of the water. The former Manchester City man was replaced by Jamal Musiala in the second half and the teenager’s impact was felt as soon as he stepped in. The teenager set up the first two goals for Bayern while his intricate dribbling skills made him a menace for the visitors. Musiala has been growing by leaps and bounds and it will be no surprise if he gets the nod over Sane in the upcoming games.

Lot of work to do for Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann might have been happy with his first win in Bundesliga as Bavarians but he surely knows he can’t rest on it. It wasn’t a convincing win either as Bayern looked vulnerable on occasions – especially on transitions. They were prone to counterattacks today and that’s how Koln punished them with the first two goals. The young German manager should work on the possible pitfalls Bayern must avoid to be more a dominant side like they were under Hansi Flick.