Leaders Bayern cruise past Cologne

Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (L) and Cologne's Spanish defender Jorge Mere (C-R) vie for the ball durinjg the first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v FC Cologne in Munich, southern Germany on February 27, 2021.

Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry both scored twice as Bayern Munich strengthened their position at the top of the Bundesliga with victory over Cologne.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting opened the scoring before Lewandowski converted Leon Goretzka's pass to make it 2-0.

Ellyes Skhiri reduced the arrears, but Thomas Muller teed up Lewandowski to restore the hosts' two-goal cushion.

Gnabry scored twice in the final 10 minutes to complete a comfortable win.

The victory lifts Bayern five points clear of second-paced RB Leipzig, who face Borussia Monchengladbach later on Saturday.

Poland striker Lewandowski has now scored 28 Bundesliga goals this term - nine more than any other player in the division.

With 11 league games remaining, the 32-year-old is on target to beat Gerd Muller's record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season, set in 1972.

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